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New Zealand’s acting Prime Minister Winston Peters. Photo: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

New Zealand's government introduced legislation Monday that would ban the type of guns used in the Christchurch attacks — and acting Prime Minister Winston Peters warned defiant gang members: You will hand them over.

The latest: The bill passed its first reading Tuesday afternoon local time with all but 1 of the 120 lawmakers voting in favor of the legislation. Police Minister Stuart Nash said during the debate gun-ownership was a privilege, not a right.

Details: Gang members told New Zealand media they wouldn't hand back their guns. But Peters said: "Yes, you will be handing them back. It's not a matter of cooperation, it's a matter of being obliged to conform with the law of this country, or to be operating illegally."

What they're saying: "Will gangs get rid of their weapons? No. Because of who we are, we can't guarantee our own safety," Sonny Fatu, president of the Waikato branch of the Mongrel Mob, told Stuff. "The attacks between our organisations are gang-on-gang, they do not involve the non-gang members." The gangs said they would never attack innocent people, as happened in the mosque attacks.

What's next? The bill has bipartisan support, and the new law is expected to come into effect April 12 — less than a month after the March 15 attacks. The government has established a buyback scheme costing up to NZ$200 million ($136 million).

  • People will have until Sept. 30 to hand back their military-style, semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles.
  • Nash said anyone who didn't hand back the weapons could face 5 years in jail.

Go deeper: New Zealand bans all semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles

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Fatal stabbing of British MP David Amess declared a terrorist incident

Police outside Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, England, on Oct. 15. Photo: John Keeble/Getty Images

Authorities have declared the death of David Amess a terrorist incident, hours after the Conservative Party lawmaker in the U.K. was fatally stabbed while meeting with local constituents in a church in eastern England on Friday.

The big picture: The Metropolitan Police has found "a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism."

Biden: DOJ should prosecute those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas

President Biden speaks with reporters at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden said Friday that the Justice Department should prosecute those who defy subpoenas from the Jan. 6 select committee.

Why it matters: The president's remarks come one day after Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon failed to show up for a deposition before the committee.

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Bill Clinton hospitalized for non-COVID-related infection

Former President Bill Clinton. Photo: Win McNamee/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Bill Clinton was admitted to the University of California, Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday for a non-COVID-related infection, his spokesperson Angel Ureña said Thursday.

The latest: In an update on Friday, Ureña said Clinton's health indicators are "trending in the right direction, including his white blood count which has decreased significantly."