Jacinda Ardern to announce gun law reforms within 10 days after suspect bought arsenal online

Jacinda Ardern to announce gun law reforms within 10 days after suspect bought arsenal online

New Zealand, a country of only 5 million people, has an estimated 1.5 million firearms. The minimum age for a gun license is 16, and 18 to own a semi-automatic weapon.

A Radio New Zealand report, based on police data secured through an Official Information Act request, said more than 99 percent of people who applied for a firearms licence in 2017 were successful.

A New Zealand standard A-category firearm licence is issued after a police and background check. No licence is required to buy a large round magazine, which can be illegally modified for use in such a weapon.

Only firearm owners are licensed, not weapons, so there is no monitoring of how many weapons a person may possess.

The plans for gun control measures came as Tarrant’s court-appointed lawyer said the suspect intended to represent himself. 

Duty lawyer Richard Peters, who represented Tarrant during the preliminary court hearing, told AFP the 28-year-old “indicated he does not want a lawyer”.

Source link