Bill to tighten New Zealand gun laws passes with overwhelming majority 1 year ago

Bill to tighten New Zealand gun laws passes with overwhelming majority

A landslide.

New Zealand politicians have voted overwhelmingly in favour of new gun restrictions as a bill was introduced to parliament.

Lawmakers voted 119 to one in favour of the bill, which bans military-style semi-automatic (MSSA) rifles, similar to the one used by a white supremacist to kill 50 people at two mosques last month.

While this is just the first stage of the bill, New Zealand hope to rush the bill into law by the end of next week.

Conservative politician David Seymour planned to block an application for leave of the whole House on the legislation, saying the pace was illogical and hazardous.

But he was not in the House when the vote took place because he had been talking to media outside, according to Radio NZ.

The laws include up to two years imprisonment for selling or possessing a prohibited part, up to five years for possessing a prohibited gun and up to seven years for pointing a prohibited gun at someone.

The bill would also ban semi-automatic guns and high-capacity magazines, as well as semi-automatic shotguns that could be fitted with detachable magazines.

It would not affect guns used by farmers and hunters such semi-automatic .22-calibre or smaller guns that hold up to 10 rounds. It would also not affect shotguns that carry up to five rounds.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern first announced plans for law changes in the days after the shootings.