'Our gun laws will change,' vows New Zealand PM Jacinda Arden

AFP
Published Mar 17, 2019, 2:19 am IST
Updated Mar 17, 2019, 2:19 am IST
New Zealand's prime minister vowed to toughen the country's gun laws.
'They were not on any watchlists either here or in Australia,' she said. (Photo:AP)
 'They were not on any watchlists either here or in Australia,' she said. (Photo:AP)

Christchurch (New Zealand): New Zealand's prime minister vowed to toughen the country's gun laws after revealing on Saturday that the man accused of murdering 49 people in two mosques legally purchased the arsenal of firearms used in the massacre.

Jacinda Ardern said the gunman, 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant, obtained a “Category A” gun licence in November 2017 and began purchasing the five weapons used in Friday's attacks in the southern city of Christchurch the following month.

 

The firearms included two semi-automatic rifles, two shotguns and a lever-action weapon, she said, speaking to reporters in Wellington before heading to Christchurch.

“The mere fact... 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,” she said.

“While work is being done as to the chain of events that led to both the holding of this gun licence, and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now our gun laws will change.”

 

She confirmed that the gunman and two suspected associates who were also arrested had not been on the radar of any intelligence agencies.

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