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Prime Minister Ardern announces new gun laws following attack


CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's prime minister on Thursday said her administration is immediately banning assault rifles, high-capacity magazines and "military style semi-automatic rifles" like the weapons used in last Friday's attacks on two Christchurch mosques.

Jacinda Ardern announced the ban and said it would be followed by legislation to be introduced next month.

She said the man arrested in the attacks had purchased his weapons legally and enhanced their capacity by using 30-round magazines "done easily through a simple online purchase."

"Every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned," the prime minister said.


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