Courtesy of WaPo:

New Zealand has banned military-style semiautomatic weapons and assault rifles, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Thursday, just six days after attacks on two mosques in Christchurch that left 50 people dead.

A buyback program will be launched to take existing weapons out of circulation, and gun owners who do not comply will be subject to fines, she said.

“On 15 March, our history changed forever. Now, our laws will, too,” Ardern said. “We are announcing action today on behalf of all New Zealanders to strengthen our gun laws and make our country a safer place.”

The gunman who attacked the Al Noor and Linwood mosques here Friday used AR-15 rifles in the worst mass shooting New Zealand has ever seen. In addition to the 50 killed, 40 people were injured.

New Zealand has a tradition of hunting and shooting as sport, but there is no legal provision to own weapons for self-defense.

Ardern has said there is no reason for New Zealanders to own these kinds of weapons, and there is broad consensus on that argument.

And that is how you do it, folks. 

It is really quite simple when you think of it. 

You simply say “Hey, these weapons allow one individual to slaughter dozens of people in a single attack, we really do not have a good reason for these to be sold in our country, so let’s outlaw them.” 

Easy Peasy. 

Of course, the founders of New Zealand were not so short-sighted as to put gun ownership in their fucking constitution so that helps as well. 

I have a lot of respect for writers of the Bill of Rights, but they really screwed the pooch by not clarifying what they meant by “a well regulated Militia.”