New Zealand tightens gun laws further in response to mass shooting

New Zealand tightened its gun laws on Thursday with a registry that it had promised after a gunman killed 51 Muslim worshippers last year in the country’s worst peace-time mass shooting.

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This is New Zealand’s second set of gun reforms in the wake of the Christchurch massacre by a suspected white supremacist who murdered his victims with semi-automatic weapons.

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Australian Brenton Tarrant has pleaded guilty over the attack and will be sentenced later this year.

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The tougher gun laws will take effect next week following the passage of a bill through Parliament on Thursday.

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The most significant change is the new firearms registry which licence holders will be required to update as they buy or sell guns.

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“The new law is designed to stop firearms falling into the wrong hands. It spells out for the first time that owning a firearm is a privilege, limited to responsible licensed owners,” Minister of Police Stuart Nash said in a statement.

Article URL : https://news.yahoo.com/zealand-tightens-gun-laws-further-062740173.html

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