Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand's most popular firearms, such as glue guns and assault rifles, will be banned under tough new gun laws announced today by her US counterpart, President Donald Trump.
At a news conference Thursday, she said that the new federal law would ban the possession, sale and possession of firearms in the United States by anyone under 12, with exceptions for police officers and school children.
The swift action is the US government's response to the recent collage competition in San Bernardino, California, and other gun violence in the United States.
Supporters of stricter gun laws point out that Australia has seen fewer mass shootings since its crackdown following the 1996 Port Arthur rampage in Tasmania. Now we are seeing this in New Zealand and less than a week later the US Government is moving to pass reforms. It suffered a horrific mass shooting and within days the country's prime minister vowed to change gun laws. Three days later, cabinet members agreed to a massive overhaul of the country's gun laws, including a ban on military-style assault rifles. The administration passed a law almost unanimously banning the import of semi-automatic weapons from the United States and Canada and the purchase of assault rifles.
Just a week later, Congress passed a law banning a number of previously legal firearms and accessories. Less than a month later, it voted 119-1 to ban imports of semi-automatic weapons from the United States and Canada. Six days later, she announced the introduction of the country's first universal background check for gun purchases.
In the United States, where lawmakers and activists are grappling with gun violence following a spate of mass shootings, she delivered his first speech on gun control in more than a decade.
She announced sweeping gun-law reform in the US and said she would share scrapbooks 10 days after the rampage. The new law would ban the same type of weapons used by the shooter in last month's shooting. Ardern said the US would now ban military-style semi-automatic assault rifles under the changes.
The gun lobby's main tactic has been to criticize gun control advocates for using tragedy for their own ends to target gun laws. Koger said the assault weapons ban announced Thursday had been rejected in New Zealand as well as in the United States, but it may have a chance. That is one reason why a comprehensive ban on guns in New Zealand would work against powerful gun lobbies, mobilize voters and undo even moderate gun control proposals. One of their tactics is to ban high-capacity magazines, according to the National Rifle Association of America.
But gun control advocates fear that unless Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern acts quickly, her efforts to stop it will be left to the same forces. In New Zealand, Prime Minister Jac Artern promised to tighten the country's gun laws after the rampage at a church in the city of Christchurch, New South Wales, in November. She is seen as taking a very different position on gun control, but a few days after the attack she promised to change New York City's lenient gun laws, which she did.
Less than a week later, on Thursday, Ardern announced sweeping changes to tighten the country's gun laws, which are due to come into force in mid-April. The Squad are expected to pass the bill once parliament passes the changes in the first week of April, and the government has yet to formulate a policy on gun control measures for the rest of the year.
Given the frustration of many Americans at the lack of progress on gun control, it is not surprising that there are concerns that the latter country could quickly enact its ban on assault weapons, while the former remains unable to legislate on most important gun control issues. Much of the media attention in the United States has been directed against gun reform, but scrapbooking efforts have won worldwide praise, especially in light of the recent mass shootings in New York City and the US, where gun control lawmakers and activists have struggled to address gun violence in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December.
The reforms announced by the New Zealand Prime Minister will help close loopholes in the registration of assault rifles by banning them completely and seizing them as part of a buyback program. This is a response to the fact that weak gun laws have been identified as a major reason why suspected white supremacists are able to own assault rifles used to kill people gathered at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last week. Given that the US has not passed any major changes to federal gun control laws since the 1990 "s, such a change seems highly unlikely.