New Zealand: Jacinda Ardern Bans Military-Style Guns After Christchurch Attack

Blanche Robertson
March 23, 2019

Prime Minister Arden also said that New Zealand was in shock and informed PM Imran of immediate actions taken after the attack including the banning of all military style semi and automatic guns and assault rifles.

Thousands of people are expected to come together for an emotional Friday prayer service led by the imam of one of the two New Zealand mosques where 50 worshippers were killed in a white supremacist attack.

New Zealand government has also moved to ban a number of accessories which can take lower capacity semi-automatic fire arms to weapons of greater killing might.

The comments apparently linked the New Zealand attacks, which left 50 people dead, to the suicide bomb attack on a CRPF bus in Pulwama, which killed over 40 jawans, in February.

Live-streamed video of a gunman in one of the mosques showed a semi-automatic weapon modified with a large magazine.

"We are working to restore them in a way that is absolutely respectful", he said.

New Zealand, a country of fewer than 5 million people, has an estimated 1.2-1.5 million firearms, about 13,500 of them MSSA-type weapons.

"I have a military style weapon".

"But that is the price that we must pay to ensure the safety of our communities", Ardern said.

The second list includes Sayyad Milne, a 14-year-old New Zealand student who was buried on Thursday in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Christchurch as well as Muhammad Haziq Mohd-Tarmizi, a 17-year-old Malaysian whose disappearance had earlier been reported.

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Various contingents from Azerbaijan, Bahrain, China, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and Turkey will participate in the Parade. Referring to Indian concerns about terrorism, he said Pakistan had "turned a corner" in its fight against terrorism.

"I can say that as of a few minutes ago the identification process and to all 50 victims has been completed and all of the next of kin have been advised", said commissioner Mike Bush.

That criticism has proven hard to uphold in the aftermath of the March 15 Christchurch mosque attack that killed 50 worshippers during Friday prayers.

Nash has also acknowledged that some guns serve legitimate purposes in farming communities, and have therefore set out exemptions for 0.22 calibre rifles and shotguns commonly used for duck hunting. "But to be fair, I don't really use it, I don't really need it", said Noel Womersley, who slaughters cattle for small farmers around Christchurch.

In a rambling "manifesto", Tarrant said he was motivated partly by a desire to stoke religious conflict between Islam and the West. Imam Gamal Fouda said he is expecting 3,000 to 4,000 people, including many from overseas.

Burials were carried out for victims killed in the New Zealand mosque terrorist attacks. "They should have been in a safe environment", she said.

Twenty-eight people wounded in the attacks remain in hospital, six in intensive care.

New Zealand is preparing to pay tribute to the victims on Friday, one week after the attack by Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, while the mosques of Al Noor and Linwood will open their doors for their usual Friday prayers.

Tarrant appeared in court Saturday on the first of what were expected to be multiple murder and other charges.

Sagger said the people answering his call to prayer would form a human wall outside the mosque.

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