New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has flagged immediate changes to the country’s gun laws in the wake of shootings at two mosques in Christchurch where 49 people were killed.
speaking at a press conference on Saturday morning, Ms Ardern said the Australian man man suspected of carrying out the terrorist had utilized five guns in the attacks, including two self loading weapons, two shotguns and a switch activity gun.
She said he had been in control of a firearm permit, got during 2017, which enabled him to lawfully acquire the weapons and that he was not on any watchlists before the attacks.
“While work has been done with regards to the chain of occasions that prompted both the holding of this firearm permit and the ownership of these weapons, I can reveal to you one thing at the present time, our guns laws will transform,” she said.
“There have been endeavors to change our laws in 2005, 2012 and after a request in 2017. This is the ideal opportunity for change. There are clearly questions being asked of how this individual had the capacity to enter the nation and attempt this demonstration of fear.”“I have instructed [government bodies] to report to Cabinet on Monday on these events with a view to strengthening our systems on a range of fronts including, but not limited to, firearms, border controls, enhanced information-sharing with Australia, and any practice reinforcement of our watch list processes.”