Six days after the shootings, politicians from across the spectrum and many lobby groups associated with gun use rallied around the government’s decision to ban semiautomatic weapons as well as the accessories that can convert lower-caliber guns into military-style assault weapons. People who own these weapons will be required to surrender them in a buyback program, and owners who fail to do so will face fines and prison time.
Ardern said the ban takes effect immediately to prevent the stockpiling of firearms while legislation to make it permanent is being drafted.
Legislation to make the ban permanent will be introduced in Parliament in the first week of April. It is assured of passage, given that the coalition government and its supporters have 63 of the 120 seats. Still, the leader of the main opposition National Party, which has 55 seats, pledged his support for the legislation as well.