New Zealand lawmakers pass initial vote for new gun controls

A billboard advertises a gun shop in Christchurch, New Zealand, Monday, April 1, 2019. New Zealand’s government has introduced a bill to ban the types of weapons used by a terrorist to kill 50 people at two mosques. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly in favor of new gun control measures during the first stage of a bill they hope to rush into law by the end of next week.