Norway plans to ban assault weapons starting in 2021: report
© Getty Images

Norway’s government is planning to ban semi-automatic weapons in the next few years, a conservative lawmaker told AFP this week. 

Peter Frolich, a conservative member of the Norwegian parliament, said Tuesday that a majority of lawmakers support the proposed ban, which the minority right-wing government pitched last year.

“It has become clear that there is a parliamentary majority in favor of the government’s proposal,” Frolich said. “Semi-automatic weapons will therefore be banned in Norway.”

The ban would come into effect in 2021, 10 years after a right-wing extremist killed nearly 69 people in a mass shooting at a youth camp. The shooter, Anders Breivik, also killed eight people that same day by bombing a government building.


Norway’s move forward with the ban comes amid refreshed gun control discussions in the U.S. following the Florida high school shooting.

Several Democratic lawmakers have called for a ban on assault-style weapons, and many have demanded raising the minimum purchasing age from 18 to 21, a measure for which President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE expressed support.