New Zealand Announces Second Round Of Gun Control Reforms

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New Zealand Announces Second Round Of Gun Control Reforms
Those law changes would include establishing a national firearms register and requiring gun owners to renew their licenses every five years.
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"Owning a firearm is a privilege, and comes with an obligation to demonstrate a high level of safety and responsibility," New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday at a press conference

Ardern announced a second round of gun control reforms Monday — a little more than four months after deadly attacks on two mosques in Christchurch.

Those law changes would include establishing a national firearms register, banning foreign nationals from purchasing guns in New Zealand, and requiring gun owners to renew their licenses every five years instead of every 10. 

A new alert system would also let police investigate suspicions involving a gun owner's behavior. 

In April, New Zealand banned most semiautomatic firearms, magazines and parts that can be used to assemble prohibited firearms. 

Officials have since launched a six-month buyback operation, allowing gun owners to turn in their outlawed firearms and magazines for compensation. As of Sunday, more than 2,100 people have relinquished more than 3,200 guns.

The new gun control legislation is expected to be introduced in New Zealand's Parliament in August.