New Zealand to Ban Military-Style Semiautomatic Guns, Jacinda Ardern Says – The New York Times

But experts said there were some key differences.

“In Australia, it was a very simple definition, all semiautomatic rifles and shotguns, full stop,” Mr. Alpers said. “Here I can see a few gray areas.”

New Zealand’s plan takes aim at capability, not just a particular class of weapons.

Gun owners in New Zealand, responding online to the announcement, said it was confusing and began asking which of their weapons would be banned or exempted. Others seemed more resigned to giving up their guns.

“Glad I took my ar15 for a walk up the range today,” one commenter wrote, referring to a type of firearm. “We had a blast could be the last time.”

The “capability” approach — which is likely to lead to a list of banned items, Mr. Alpers said — could be watered down through furious lobbying. But it could also amount to a new global standard, broad enough to go beyond Australia’s because it could include weapons and accessories not yet developed.

That seemed to be Ms. Ardern’s intent.

“Today, I’m announcing New Zealand will ban all military-style semiautomatic weapons,” Ms. Ardern said in outlining the changes. “We will also ban all assault rifles. We will ban all high-capacity magazines. We will ban all parts with the ability to convert semiautomatic or any other type of firearm into a military-style semiautomatic weapon.”

“We will ban parts that cause a firearm to generate semiautomatic, automatic or close-to-automatic gunfire,” she added. “In short, every semiautomatic weapon used in the terror attack on Friday will be banned in this country.”


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