By JANINE CUMMINGS | CANBERRA, Australia (Reuters) – Gun buyers must now prove their citizenship and the cost of a gun to buy online before they can be allowed to buy legally, following new rules that were introduced in the United States.
Gun buyers must prove their national identity and their place of residence to buy the gun.
The new rules apply to all U.S. states except New York, which does not have an explicit national ID law.
They were introduced by a Republican-controlled state legislature after an Arizona man bought a gun with a fake passport and identity card.
The gun law, which took effect on April 12, will take effect in Texas and Louisiana on April 19.
The rule change came after a gunman opened fire at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people and wounding more than 50 others.
The gunman, Omar Mateen, had previously purchased guns from an internet retailer in New York.
“This is a major step forward in gun safety in Australia and we applaud the NSW Government for this important step,” Gun Owners of Australia spokeswoman Laura Millington said.
“However, there will still be some challenges in the future as a number of states and territories still have specific gun laws.”
The Government of New Zealand is already working on ways to ensure the safety of its firearm owners, particularly the elderly and people with mental health conditions.
“A person’s national identity is not required to purchase a firearm and the purchase of a firearm is a legally authorised act in New Zealand.”
In Washington state, for example, the Department of Justice said the new rules are not intended to limit the ability of people to obtain firearms.
“Federal law requires that any person who applies for a firearm must prove to a federal official that they are a U.A.C.E. citizen,” the department said.
The U.K. is one of a handful of states that do not have a specific national ID bill, but that has been in place since the 1990s.
It is unclear how long the new rule will take to take effect, although Millingtons said there was no rush to implement it.
“There are a number issues to be worked through, but in the meantime it is a very important step towards ensuring that the safety and security of all firearms owners is ensured,” she said.(Reporting by JANine Cumming in Sydney, Victoria, Australia; Editing by Gareth Jones)