New Zealand government introduced legislation on Friday aimed at further tightening the country's gun laws. The bill, tabled by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, will create a nationwide gun registry and criminalize certain firearm modifications, local newspapers report. If passed into law, it will require gun owners to register their weapons every five years.
After the mosque attacks in Christchurch where 50 people were murdered, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the government would move quickly to tighten existing gun laws.
Ahead of the new laws, Ardern urged gun owners to voluntarily surrender their firearms. As of March 20th, a whole 37 guns had been surrendered out of an estimated 1.2 million.
At least one shooter murdered 49 people and seriously injured 20 more at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Authorities arrested four people (one has since been released) and charged one man with murder. From Sky News:
The Christchurch terror attack suspect calls himself Brenton Tarrant in social media posts.
He is believed to have written the 74-page manifesto which explained who he was and the reason for his actions.