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New Zealand set to ban semi-automatic weapons

IANS  |  Auckland 

will ban semi-automatic rifles, said on Saturday and was greeted loudly by a crowd here on after the horrific killing of 49 people in shootings

Parker was meeting a group at the a day after 49 people were gunned down at two mosques in a brazen attack that the culprits curated for social media, Herald reported.

The warned of a global rise of extremism. "There is a dimming of enlightenment in many parts of the world. How can it be right for this atrocity to be filmed by the murderer using a go-pro and live-streamed across the world by companies? How can that be right? Who should be held accountable for that?"

Parker's comments came minutes after Jacinda Ardern's announced that gun laws would change during her meeting with Islamic Community in where she met and mourned with victim families.

Speaking to media in earlier, Ardern stressed that "now was the time for change." Five guns were used by the primary perpetrator, including two semi-automatic weapons, and two shotguns, she added.

"The offender was in possession of a gun licence," Ardern said. She said the guns were purchased in December last year, Herald said.

"While work is being done as to the chain of events that lead 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 said, adding that there had been attempts to change the national gun laws in 2005, 2012 and after an inquiry in 2017.

"Now is the time for change," she stated.



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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 09:38 IST