• New Zealand PM says 'gun laws will change' after mosque shooting

    The suspected gunman got a “category A” firearms license in 2017, and began stockpiling weapons legally at that point, PM Jacinda Ardern told reporters on Friday. The “mere fact” that this happened means people will want to see a change to gun laws, and she was committed to supporting that, she added.

    All of the suspected shooter’s weapons were legally acquired, according to the PM.

    She referred to the alleged shooter as “the primary perpetrator.” Two other people were arrested in connection to the attacks. The authorities were still investigating whether they were directly involved, the PM said.

    Currently, New Zealand restricts the purchase of “military-style semi-automatic weapons” to those 18 or older. The minimum legal age to buy a firearm is 16. Anyone the police consider to be “fit and proper” can get a firearms license – provided they pass a background check involving criminal and medical records. Registration of individual weapons is not required.

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