I'm asking this question because different sources say different things. The news media I've seen, visual, audio and text keep on running stories claiming that New Zealand has now banned semi-automatic rifles and implemented a buyback scheme. Other sources claim that the government has banned, specifically, what they call MSSA (Military Style Semi Automatic) rifles. Here is a rundown of what is an MSSA according to Wikipedia (hopefully this information isn't out of date). Any semi-automatic rifle or shotgun that features any of the following will be classified as an MSSA, and therefore is now banned (at least for the majority of New Zealand's citizens:
*A folding or telescopic butt
*A bayonet lug
*A military pattern free-standing pistol grip
*A flash suppressor
*A magazine that holds more than 7 rounds; magazines holding up to 10 rounds may be modified to carry 7 rounds. The limit on rimfire is 15 rounds per magazine.
*A detachable magazine that holds more than 10 rounds, excepting rimfire magazines, which may carry 15 rounds.
To quote Wikipedia (and again, I hope this information isn't out of date):
A Category firearms are those that do not fall into any other category, and are the vast majority of legally-owned firearms in New Zealand, and support a surprisingly wide number of types. For example semi-automatic AR-15 style rifles are permitted in this category provided they can only hold 7 or less rounds as well as meeting the other criteria.
However many media outlets have claimed that there's been an outright ban on semi-automatic rifles and shotguns, just as in this ABC article that claims:
New Zealand's Government has launched a multi-million-dollar, six-month buyback scheme to compensate owners of semi-automatic weapons, which were newly banned in the wake of deadly attacks on two mosques in Christchurch.
New Zealand previously allowed the sale of semi-automatics that were limited to seven shots.
The new ban bars the circulation and use of most semi-automatic firearms, parts that convert firearms into semi-automatic firearms, magazines over a certain capacity and some shotguns.
A very confusing article, first saying semi-automatics are banned, then saying specific types of semi-automatics are banned.
In the New Zealand Herald we have this article from April, which includes this diagram:
Basically meaning all semi-automatic rifles are banned except for .22 rimfire rifles if the magazine has a capacity of less than 5 or 10.
A little earlier in March we have this article headlined:
Though such a ban would still allow guns like the semi-automatic AR-15 provided its magazine could hold no more than either 7 or 10 rounds.
I'm really confused about all this information which doesn't sound consistent among the sources.
Can anyone point me to a source explaining the actual new laws currently in force, or can someone explain them to me?