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New Zealand attorney general backtracks on semi-automatic weapons ban

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David Parker, the attorney general of New Zealand, spoke at a vigil for the victims of the mosque mass shooting last night, on March 15. He earned widespread praise for his announcement that New Zealand was going to ban semi-automatic weapons, which the shooter used.

People all around the world were impressed with this show of strength, including Kim Kardashian.

But just a few hours later, Parker is clarifying his comments. He told Radio New Zealand that “we need to ban some semi-automatics, perhaps all of them. Those decisions have yet to be taken but the prime minister has signaled that we are going to look at that issue.”

This comes after New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s comme nts at a press conference, in which she stated that “I can tell you right now, our gun laws will change. Now is the time for change.” However, she held back from outright stating that semi-automatic weapons will be banned.

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