Following the 15 March 2019 terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain, then Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that New Zealand’s firearms laws would change.
In her announcement on 21 March 2019, she outlined that:
- certain firearms would be declared military style semi-automatics
- high-capacity magazines would be banned
- parts that turn firearms into semi-automatic firearms would be banned
- a buy-back would be implemented to compensate licence holders who were previously lawfully in possession of items that were now prohibited.