Christchurch mosque massacre: NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to review gun laws

First responders carried a victim away from a Christchurch New Zealand mosque after Friday’s shooting

Mark Baker Associated Press First responders carried a victim away from a Christchurch New Zealand mosque after Friday’s shooting

The incident led to new rules restricting the use of Rambo-style weapons.

We are a proud nation of more than 200 ethnicities, 160 languages, and amongst said diversity, we share common values and the one we place the currency on right now and tonight is our compassion and the support for the community of those directly affected by this tragedy and secondly, the strongest possibly condemnation of the ideology of the people who did this. "Most guns can be legally sold on the Internet or through newspaper ads".

Riyaz Khawaja, president of the Hussaini Association of Calgary, was at his mosque for an evening event on Thursday when news broke of the attacks in New Zealand.

Following the attack, authorities revealed that the shooter was armed with five guns, two of which were semi-automatic rifles and two of which were shotguns.

"By comparison, Australia had almost 10 deaths per million in 2016, Canada had 5.4 deaths per million, and the United States had 106 deaths per million". Media reports of the number of fatalities varied widely, with the New Zealand Herald citing reports of between nine and 27 people dead.

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It's worth noting that the general homicide rate is considerably higher than the gun homicide rate in New Zealand.

Those new amendments included greater oversight over the acquisition of ammunition, restricting sales to only firearms license holders and requiring permits for people to order guns or ammunition by mail, updating and adding more information including photographs to individuals'gun licenses, and requiring secure storage for guns.

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Unlike in the United States, where calls for greater gun control after mass shootings are often met by deaf ears when it comes to federal regulation, three mass shootings - only one of which happened in New Zealand - prompted legislative changes.

Among the wounded, two were in a critical condition, including a four-year-old child, he said. In 2011, the temblor in Christchurch killed 185 people.

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None of those arrested had appeared on watchlist of New Zealand or Australian security agencies, police said. Her family came from Somalia. "I don't know enough about it yet".

Police Commissioner Mike Bush declined to comment on whether it was an act of terrorism but said the situation was unprecedented in New Zealand.

The suspect reportedly "highlighted New Zealand's remoteness as a reason he chose it", the AP wrote.

But in New Zealand such weapons can be lawfully owned by anyone who holds a standard firearms licence and the firearms do not need to be registered.

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