Members of parliament voted 119 to 1 in favor of the ban on military-style semi-automatic weapons Wednesday, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told lawmakers they have been providing “a voice” to these killed in the Christchurch massacre.
As soon as the bill is granted royal assent by the country’s governor-common, it could come into force as law as quickly as Friday, TVNZ reported.
The passage of the bill comes just weeks immediately after the March 15 mass shooting at two Christchurch mosques, which Ardern described as “the darkest of days in New Zealand’s history.”
“We are eventually right here since 50 persons died, and they do not have a voice,” she told parliament Wednesday. “We in this residence are their voice, and these days, we have utilized that voice wisely.”
Ardern also mentioned that a buyback scheme would make sure that gun owners would not drop out financially.
The Australian man accused of carrying out the attack, Brenton Tarrant, 28, was final week formally charged with 50 counts of murder and 39 attempted murder counts.
He is due to reappear in court on June 14, immediately after a mental well being assessment.