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All military-style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles will be banned in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Thursday afternoon local time.

Every semiautomatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned ... Sales should essentially now cease"
— New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Details: New Zealand is also banning high-capacity magazines and anything that can modify weapons into having a semi-automatic capacity, Ardern said at a press conference outlining the tightening of gunlaws in response to Friday's Christchurch terrorist attack. Ardern announced interim regulatory changes effective immediately.

The big picture: The interim order would ensure "virtually all" of the weapons she mentioned being banned would effectively mean no one could buy these weapons without a permit from the police. "I can assure people, that there is no point in applying for such a permit," she said.

The latest: Police have now completed the identification procedures for all 50 attack victims, enabling the remains of all of them to be released to families.

  • Funerals were continuing to be held for the victims.
  • Christchurch Hospital was treating 29 patients injured in the mosque attacks — 8 were in a critical condition.
  • A girl, 4, was in a critical condition in an Auckland children's hospital. Her father was in a stable condition in another hospital in the North Island city.
  • Thousands of people attended a vigil in Dunedin, the adopted home town of mosque attacks suspect Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28.
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What's next: Ardern expects the new gun laws to be fully in place by April 11. The New Zealand government would put in place a gun buyback scheme.

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A woman who accused fired CNN journalist Chris Cuomo of sexual misconduct said Sunday she decided to come forward after learning of his comments about women who made similar accusations about his brother. He denies her allegations.

Why it matters: Her attorney Debra Katz said in a statement that she heard "the hypocrisy" of his on-air words about his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and was "disgusted by his efforts to try to discredit these women," so "retained counsel to report his serious sexual misconduct against her to CNN."

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Vulnerable Democrats: Less Trump talk

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Vulnerable House Democrats are convinced they need to talk less about the man who helped them get elected: President Trump.

Why it matters: Democrats are privately concerned nationalizing the 2022 mid-terms with emotionally-charged issues — from Critical Race Theory to Donald Trump's role in the Jan. 6 insurrection — will hamstring their ability to sell the local benefits of President Biden's Build Back Better agenda.