The government of the country promised to tighten the circulation of arms after the massacre in mosques.
In New Zealand, came into force a law prohibiting the circulation in the country of assault and semi-automatic rifles, as well as ammunition for them, reports TASS. On April 10, this initiative was approved by the Parliament.
Owners of such weapons and shops selling them must hand them in to the police before September 2019 in exchange for compensation. Now for the possession of assault and semi-automatic rifles facing up to five years in prison. The deputy police commissioner said that the security forces were expecting the surrender of tens of thousands of “trunks” of residents. The Prime Minister of New Zealand reported that the government would need up to $ 134 million to buy out banned rifles.
On March 15, gunmen attacked two mosques in the city of Christchurch in New Zealand. They burst inside and staged shooting – 50 people became victims of the terrorist attack, another 48 people were injured. What happened was called “one of the darkest days in the history of New Zealand.” Police detained three people involved in the killings. One of the attackers broadcast shooting on social networks. On March 16, the Prime Minister of New Zealand announced the need to review legislation in the field of arms trafficking after the massacre in mosques.
According to The New York Times, gun killing is extremely rare in New Zealand. In 2017, local residents committed only 35 murders, although they own a large number of firearms: 1.2 million registered units per 4.6 million population.