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New Zealand parliament votes for change in gun laws

Post the deadly shooting attack on the two Christchurch mosques that killed 50 people, New Zealand Parliament on Wednesday voted to change gun laws. The gun reform bill was passed by the parliament with a majority of 119 to 1.

It is expected to become law within the next few days after receiving royal assent from the governor general. It is now due to receive royal assent from the governor general before it becomes law.

Holding back tears, PM Jacinda Ardern told parliament on Wednesday that MPs were there “because of the victims and families”. She said that when she had visited the injured in hospital none of them had just one gunshot wound.

The new rules make changes to 1983 gun laws which have been the subject of several reform attempts. They prohibit military-style semi-automatic weapons and parts that can be used to assemble prohibited firearms.

 

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