The government of New Zealand has put forward legislation that would ban the majority of semi-automatic firearms.
Two weeks ago, BLP reported on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern vowing to double down on gun control in the wake of the Christchurch mosque massacres.
Now it appears that she is following through with her word.
This proposed ban includes the types of weapons used in the massacres— two semi-automatic weapons and a shotgun.
This anti-gun bill’s introduction on April 1, 2019 is the next step in passing the sweeping gun control reforms that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern promised right after the March 15 attacks that left 50 people dead.
According to NPR, New Zealand immediately enacted several gun control measures on March 21. Police Minister Stuart Nash claims that the bill now being considered, which is a more extensive ban, would be enacted on April 12 should it pass. The New York Times report that this bill has overwhelming support across party lines.
Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters told reporters on April 1, 2019 “This will mean that within four weeks of the Christchurch terrorist attack, New Zealand will have passed legislation banning all military-style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles.”
Nash introduced the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Bill, which would criminalize the ownership of certain gun parts that can potentially be used to build prohibited weapons. The Police Minister claimed that the gunman in the Christchurch massacre created “military-style” weapons from semi-automatic guns and high-capacity magazines that he legally purchased.
Nash told The Associated Press “The loophole that this terrorist used to kill 50 people was totally unacceptable. We’re closing that down.”
BLP reported that the initial efforts to get Kiwis to voluntarily surrender their guns has been a complete dud thus far, with barely any gun owners showing up to turn in their guns.
However, anti-gun politicians in New Zealand remain steadfast in their efforts to move gun control forward.
The New Zealand massacre has had a tremendous impact overseas with Democratic Party politicians universally calling for gun control measures like universal gun registration and so-called “assault weapons” bans.
Like previous shootings in Las Vegas and Parkland, anti-gun politicians in the United States are hoping this can generate a tidal wave of gun control across the nation.
Despite the growing radicalism among the anti-gun left in America, the United States still remains the most gun-friendly nation in the world.
The Attorney General on His Way Out?: Trump Mulls Firing Bill Barr, Advisers Trying to Dissuade Him
Trump is unhappy about more than just Barr’s recent voter fraud comments.
President Donald Trump is considering firing Attorney General William Barr, with the Washington Post reporting Wednesday evening that Trump “remained livid” at him.
On Tuesday Barr said that the Justice Department did not find evidence of “fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
An unnamed senior administration official told the Post that although Trump is upset about Barr’s comments, he’s also unhappy with Barr about other matters, such as his previous lack of action on the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign and his handling of John Durham.
The president is pressuring Barr to release the “Durham report,” which could implicate officials in using the investigation to target Trump for political reasons. Trump also sees Barr’s secret appointment of Durham to DOJ special counsel as a “stall tactic.”
In the wake of Election Day Attorney General Barr authorized federal prosecutors to “investigate substantial allegations” of voter fraud. But in his comments Tuesday, Barr claimed that “most claims of fraud are very particularized to a particular set of circumstances or actors or conduct.”
“They are not systemic allegations,” said Barr.
Trump may want to fire Barr, but several advisers are trying to persuade him not to, according to the unnamed senior official.
Either way, it’s tough to see how Barr remains attorney general for much longer. If Joe Biden pulls off the steal and gets inaugurated, he will certainly replace Barr with his own AG. And if Trump hangs on for his second and final term, he may very well want to clean house and start afresh.
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