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Efforts for new weapons control legislation

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Latest Political News | Monday April 30 2012 7:03

Efforts for new weapons control legislation

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An effort's being made to get new weapons control legislation onto the country's law books.

In the coming weeks Parliament's due to debate a Private Members' Bill drafted by Labour MP Phil Twyford that bans the use of depleted uranium.

The metal's commonly used in high grade military munitions and is noted for its armour piercing capabilities.

Serious health concerns have been raised about its battlefield contamination.

Mr Twyford's Bill would make it illegal to sell, handle, transport, test or possess uranium as an armour or a conventional weapon in New Zealand.

A jail term of up to 10 years, or a fine of up to half a million dollars would be imposed on those breaking the law.

Photo: Edward Swift

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