New Zealand Parliament Bans High-Powered Rifles
New Zealand's lawmakers have voted 119-to-one for a law banning high-powered rifles after the terror attack on Christchurch mosques.
New Zealand politicians have almost unanimously passed a law banning high-powered guns in response to the Christchurch mosque shootings.
The country's parliament on Wednesday evening overwhelming voted for a ban on a range of semi-automatic weapons and modifications, passing the bill into law 119 votes-to-one at its third and final reading.
The law was passed less than four weeks after the terror attack on two Christchurch mosques that killed 50 people.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, in her speech to the house, spoke of a duty owed to the victims and survivors of the March 15 attack.
"We are ultimately here because 50 people died and they do not have a voice," she said.
"We in this house are their voice."