Published: Thu, March 21, 2019

Sanders: ‘We Must Follow New Zealand’s Lead’ on Assault-Rifle Ban

Sanders: ‘We Must Follow New Zealand’s Lead’ on Assault-Rifle Ban

While the exact weapon used in the attack remains unknown, images of the weapon appear to show an AR-15, a widely available semi-automatic rifle.

Leading Democrats have heaped praise on New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after the Kiwi leader announced her country was immediately banning "military-style semi-automatic weapons" after last week's attack that killed 50 people at two mosques. "We will ban parts that cause a firearm to generate semi-automatic, automatic or close to automatic gunfire", Ardern said. Once the bill passes, New Zealanders will be granted a buyback period, after which they will be fined and jailed for up to three years if found in possession of a banned weapon. The prime minister of New Zealand put on a hijab, said 'They are us, ' announced the gun laws we're going to change and called out white supremacists, haters and Donald Trump.

The Guardian obtained a copy of Ardern's draft legislation, and reports that the law will focus directly on prohibiting "semi-automatic.22 calibre rimfire firearms with a magazine which holds no more than ten rounds", as well as "semi-automatic and pump action shotguns with a non-detachable tubular magazine which holds no more than five rounds".

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A buy-back plan will be established for banned weapons.

In a Thursday morning tweet, Sanders said the United States should emulate the recent actions of New Zealand, where this week's mosque shootings that massacred 50 people have prompted the government to toughen already strict gun laws in the country.

Here's a look at some of the new laws enacted after USA mass shootings, and how long each took. "This is what leadership looks like", she added.


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