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New Zealand to implement gun reform

The Prime Minister promised to do it after the recent tragedy

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/NOVOSTIVL/ New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she would announce new gun laws within days, after a lone gunman killed 50 people in mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, according to Reuters.

"This ultimately means that within 10 days of this horrific act of terrorism we will have announced reforms which will, I believe, make our community safer",

Ardern said an inquiry will be held into what authorities knew or should have known about Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, who was charged with murder on Saturday, and the events leading up to the massacre, to see whether the attack could have been prevented.

Tarrant, a self-described fascist and white supremacist, has been remanded without a plea and is due back in court on April 5 and likely to face more charges, according to police.

New Zealand, a country of only 5 million people, has an estimated 1,5 million firearms. Data show almost 240 000 people – roughly 6 per cent of the nation’s registered voters – hold a firearm licence. More than 99 per cent of people who applied for a firearms licence in 2017 were successful, according to a Radio New Zealand report based on police data secured through an Official Information Act request.

The minimum age for a gun licence in New Zealand is 16, and 18 to own a semi-automatic weapon.

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