New Zealand’s Capability-Based Weapons Ban

“It’s about all of us, it’s in the national interest and it’s about safety.”
 
With those words, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a planned ban of military-style semiautomatic weapons in New Zealand as well as high-capacity ammunition magazines. The move follows last Friday’s attack on 2 mosques that killed 50 people.

The planned law targets “capability” rather than classes of weapons, which may lead to confusion or could become a new approach in other countries.

In contrast to the US stalemate following similar massacres, the New Zealand weapons ban is expected to easily be passed by Parliament.
 
The New York Times

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