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New Zealand to Create National Gun Owner Registry, Tighten Firearms Laws

Added 09-15-19 02:38:01pm EST - “NZ Prime Minister Ardern: "Owning a firearm is a privilege not a right."” -


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New Zealand government introduced legislation on Friday aimed at further tightening the country’s gun laws. The bill, tabled by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, will create a nationwide gun registry and criminalize certain firearm modifications, local newspapers report. If passed into law, it will require gun owners to register their weapons every five years.

The new law is in addition to the series of gun restrictions approved by the parliament following the Christchurch mosque shootings on March 15 that left 51 people dead. The country’s ruling Labour Party and the mainstream media launched a campaign against the country’s supposedly “weak laws on firearms” in the wake of the shootings. The government banned assault weapons such as the AR-15 and rolled out a buyback scheme, collecting more than 18,000 weapons.

“Owning a firearm is a privilege not a right,” Prime Minister Ardern declared. The proposed Arms Legislation Bill will stop guns “from reaching the hands of criminals,” she added.

Her remark was meant to highlight the difference between the gun-rights laws in New Zealand and the United States, Germany’s DW News noted: “Introducing the new bill, Ardern once more made clear the difference in attitudes toward gun ownership between her country and the United States, where the possession of firearms is seen by many as a citizen’s right as it is enshrined in the US Constitution.”

[The Arms Legislation Bill] will hold the licence holder’s full name, date of birth and address, along with details of their licence number and any endorsements; details of firearms, restricted weapons and prohibited magazines including identifying markings and information on storage; and record all transfers, sales, purchases, imports and exports of firearms and other items. Private sales will still be permitted. (…)


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