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Watch: Police provide next steps in implementation of gun ban

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[alert] Watch: Police are holding a news conference about how the gun ban will be put in place

Police are holding a news conference about the implementation of a gun ban that passed its final reading in Parliament yesterday.

Deputy Commissioner Michael Clement is speaking to media in Wellington.

Watch the news conference here:

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The new rules have near unanimous support, with ACT the only party to oppose it.

The bill now only needs to be signed off by the Governor-General before becoming law.

The amendment bans military style semi-automatic weapons and parts that can be used to assemble prohibited firearms, as well as with some exemptions.

More information about a gun buyback scheme was released yesterday. Owners will be able to claim compensation based on make, model and their condition, with amounts to be set by independent advisors and an expert panel.

The change to the gun laws was prompted by the massacre of 50 people in two Christchurch mosques on 15 March using semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines.


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