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New Zealand Passes Law Banning Most Semi-Automatic Weapons

Lawmakers across party lines voted overwhelmingly to ban the weapons after a massacre in Christchurch killed 50 worshipers. Owners have until the end of September to hand the weapons over to police.

Less than one month after a gunman killed 50 people at a mosque in Christchurch, the New Zealand Parliament voted Wednesday to ban most semi-automatic and military-style weapons.

The law makes it illegal to possess the prohibited weapons in New Zealand. Current owners of the now-banned firearms will have until the end of September to

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