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Federated Farmers says semi-automatic gun ban 'will not be popular', but is needed

Federated Farmers says it supports the changes in firearms laws put in place today following the Christchurch shooting.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern this afternoon announced that "in short, every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned in this country".

High-capacity magazines and attachments will also be banned along with the "military style weapons".

Federated Farmers Rural Security spokesperson Miles Anderson said his organisation recognises the need for change.

"This will not be popular among some of our members but after a week of intense debate and careful consideration by our elected representatives and staff, we believe this is the only practicable solution," he said.

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Military style semi-automatics and assault rifles will be banned in New Zealand under stronger new gun laws announced today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Source: 1 NEWS

"We are trying to tread a responsible path. The wrong guns can’t be allowed to get into the wrong hands ... Christchurch, Friday, March 15 has changed everything.

"We agree with the Government there is no need for military style semi-automatic rifles in general public ownership.

"We also support the move to prohibit general access to, and possession of, detachable large capacity magazines for semiautomatic firearms.

"We're pleased farmers are still going to have access to sporting semiautomatic rimfire rifles, such as the .22 long rifle, and sporting semiautomatic shotguns with limited magazine capacity.

"The surrender or destruction of firearms that don't meet the new controls will be disappointing to many farmers, and others.

"But a clampdown is the responsible path to take to try to ensure we're never witness to this kind of tragedy on our shores again."

A 7,62X39mm round sits next a a 30 round magazine and an AK-47 with a bump stock installed.
A 7,62X39mm round sits next a a 30 round magazine and an AK-47 with a bump stock installed. Source: rnz.co.nz