Following the mass shooting in New Zealand on March 15th 2019, The Prime Minister Jacinder Ardern was quick to declared that, “every semi-automatic weapon used the the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned in this country.”
There were 50 worshippers that were killed during prayer, when an alleged white supremacist carried out the two consecutive attacks in mosques in Christchurch. It was recognised that the attacks occurred due to New Zealand’s lack of stringency when it comes to their legal system, especially in comparison with more developed countries such as the UK and Australia.
According to Now This World’s video, it was known as a ‘licensed but not registered system’, because only 4% of guns and firearms were registered, meaning one person is likely to have more than one gun.
The New Zealand Police estimated that in 2016, 1.2 million legal firearms were owned by citizens in NZ, averaging up to 1 in every 4 people. The 28-year-old culprit legally purchased the weapons used for the shootings online and had a standard A category licence for gun owners in New Zealand. It was not difficult for him to do what he did.
Less than a week after the shootings, Ardern laid out new legislative plans to ban all military weapons including assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines, as well as any accessories that could be transformed into a weapon. It is required that gun owners have a licence in order to buy firearms, which means also receiving background checks on their criminal, medical, health records and mental state of mind.
These reforms – known as the Arms Amendment Act 2019- were passed on 10th April, just a month after the incident.
Original video created and published by Now This World
Article Originally Written by Rachel Schraer on BBC News