Updated Apr 10, 2019

New Zealand to ban guns within days in response to mosque attacks

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

New Zealand's tough new gun laws are set to come into effect Friday after members of parliament voted overwhelmingly to back the measure at the bill's final reading Wednesday night local time.

Details: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced last month all military-style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles would be banned. Only 1 MP voted against the measure, introduced in response to the Christchurch terrorist attack. Under the new law, anyone found with a banned gun faces up to 5 years in prison.

What she's saying: Ardern fought back tears as she completed the final reading of the bill. "We are here just 26 days after the most devastating of terrorist attacks created the darkest of days in New Zealand’s history," she said. "These weapons were designed to kill, and they were designed to maim and that is what they did on the 15th of March."

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Twitter fact-checked two of President Trump's unsubstantiated tweets that mail-in ballots in the 2020 election would be fraudulent for the first time on Tuesday, directing users to "get the facts" through news stories that cover the topic.

Why it matters: Twitter and other social media platforms have faced criticism for not doing enough to combat misinformation, especially when its propagated by the president.

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The big picture: The lawsuit, led by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, alleges the rules are unconstitutional because the Constitution requires a quorum, or a majority, of lawmakers to be physically present in order to conduct business. The lawsuit was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.