Within hours of attacks on two mosques in Christchurch killing 49 worshipers the New Zealand lawmakers have called for control in the sale of semi-automatic rifles. As a bold response to the attacks Prime Minister Jacinda Ardem announced plans to ban such guns which many New Zealanders wanted.
The country has strong gun regulations but loopholes took on new urgency. The decisions are yet to be finalized but Ardem has signaled the lawmakers will be looking at the issue.
The Australian shooter Brenton Tarrant who opened fire at one of the mosques in Christchurch obtained gun legally and so the country is now calling for making changes in gun laws.
New Zealand has comparatively stricter gun laws than the United States, but people here do not have a constitutional right to bear arms. New Zealanders need to pass a firearms course and the person’s background check is done before a license is issued to buy weapons.
This mean, unlike United States, people in New Zealand has no right to own a gun in the country, but it is considered a privilege with responsibility.
Despite such strict laws the police semi-automatic weapons pose a threat to the public. Law professor at the University of Waikato, Alexander Gillespie, said the country has to have debate on it.
Gillespie added, “This is a place where your car has to be registered, your dog has to be registered. But your gun doesn’t.”
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