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New Zealand Announces Ban on Military-Style Semi-Automatics and Assault Rifles

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a ban on all military-style semi-automatic weapons, assault rifles and high-capacity magazines.
New Zealand Announces Ban on Military-Style Semi-Automatics and Assault Rifles

Details:

  • New Zealand has decided to overhaul gun laws in the country in the backdrop of the Christchurch mosque shootings.
  • It is estimated that there are about 1.2-1.5 million guns in New Zealand which has a population of about 5 million people.
  • There were no official data about the number of assault rifles in circulation and there are roughly 13,500 military-style semi-automatic weapons in New Zealand.

About the Christchurch Mosque Shootings:

  • Christchurch mosque shootings refer to two consecutive terrorist attacks at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday Prayer on 15 March 2019.
  • The first attack was at the Al Noor Mosque in the suburb of Riccarton at 1:40 pm and the second one was at the Linwood Islamic Centre at about 1:55 pm.
  • The attacks were linked to white supremacism and alt-right extremism movements.
  • New Zealand police are investigating a manifesto, the 28-year-old suspect allegedly wrote and posted on social media shortly before the shooting began.
  • This manifesto espouses far-right and white nationalistic views, specifically targeting Muslims and immigrants and praises mass murderers Dylann Roof, who attacked a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015, and Anders Breivik, who killed dozens of young people at a summer camp for Norway's left-leaning political party.

Question:

Q. Prime Minister of which country has announced a ban on all military-style semi-automatic weapons, assault rifles and high-capacity magazines after the recent terror attacks?
a. Australia
b. New Zealand
c. Brazil
d. Norway
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