Lawmakers across party lines voted overwhelmingly to ban the weapons after a massacre in Christchurch killed 50 worshippers. Owners have until the end of September to hand the weapons over to police.
The Super Rugby team said Wednesday it would consider changing its name after shootings at two Christchurch mosques last month, as a result of its brand's association with religious war.
The bill would ban most types of semi-automatic guns, including those used in massacres at two mosques in March. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the proposed changes shortly after the attacks
A week after a gunman killed 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, friends and family have been gathering for funerals and to listen to the Muslim call to prayer.
The island nation, still reeling from last Friday's attacks, heard a message of healing amid plans to change gun laws in hopes of preventing future attacks.
The prime minister visited a school that lost two current students and one former student in the Christchurch mosque shootings last week.
The video was viewed about 4,000 times before Facebook removed it. Then the social media platform had to contend with more than a million attempted re-uploads.
In the days following Friday's attack, more details are emerging about the alleged gunman. The country's police force believes he acted alone.
The country's cabinet has agreed "in principle" to tighten laws in the aftermath of the most deadly shooting in the country's history.
In the aftermath of the New Zealand mosque shootings, experts who monitor hate groups say violent white extremism is on the rise, and is the most prominent threat.