“Our gun laws will change”: NZ PM Jacinda Ardern in wake of Christchurch massacre

New Zealand’s Prime Minister has committed to changing the nation’s gun laws, following Friday’s shocking terror attack, in which 49 people were killed.

Jacinda Ardern fronted a media conference in Wellington on Saturday morning, confirming the “primary perpetrator” in the mosque massacre had a gun license and used five weapons.

“I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change,” PM Ardern stated, while explaining that she was advised the gunman obtained a Category A gun licence in November 2017.


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“Under that, he was able to acquire the guns that he held”.

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The 28-year-old Australian citizen is the only person who has so far been charged over the alleged attack and was based in nearby Dunedin.

He allegedly armed himself with two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and a lever-action firearm.

“When people, of course, hear that this individual had acquired a gun licence and acquired weapons of that range, then obviously I think people will be seeking change, and I’m committing to that,” Ms Ardern promised.

“There have been attempts to change our laws in 2005, 2012 and after an inquiry in 2017. Now is the time for change,” she said.

 

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