New Zealand bans sales of assault weapons following mass shooting

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 20: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reacts as students perfom a Haka during her visit to Cashmere High School which lost two students during a mass shooting on March 20, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. 

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand is immediately banning sales of military style semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines like the weapons used in last Friday’s attacks on two Christchurch mosques.

Ardern announced the ban Thursday and said it would be followed by legislation to be introduced next month.

She said the man arrested in the attacks had purchased his weapons legally and enhanced their capacity by using 30-round magazines “done easily through a simple online purchase.”