New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announce on Thursday. “On 15 March our history changed forever. Now our laws will too. We are announcing action today on behalf of all New Zealanders to strengthen our gun laws and make our country a safer place,” Ardern said at a press conference. The law would be in place by April 11. An amnesty would be put in place for the weapons, Ardern said. A buyback scheme will apply,which could cost “anywhere between $100m ($69m; £52m) and $200m”. Immediate action would be taken to prevent people from stockpiling weapons ahead of the change in law. Police minister Stuart Nash said it was “a privilege and not a right to own a firearm in New Zealand”.
After Australia implemented a similar ban, the country destroyed more than a million weapons. Mass shootings in Australia dropped to zero, gun suicides declined by an average of 4.8% per year and gun-related homicides declined by an average of 5.5% per year. The government in New Zealand has now a large support for the weapons ban. Nearly 70,000 New Zealanders have signed petitions calling for gun control reform. The killer in Christchurch attack, Australian Brenton Tarrant, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, is also expected to face further charges.