“The clear lesson from history around the world is that to make our community safer, the time to act is now,” Ardern said.
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday she would announce new gun laws within days, after a lone gunman killed 50 people in mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch.The owner of gun shop Gun City, David Tipple, said the suspected gunman had legally bought four weapons and ammunition online from it between December 2017 and March 2018, but it did not sell him the high-powered weapon used in the massacre.Under New Zealand gun laws, A-category weapons can be semi-automatic but limited to seven shots.Australia introduced some of the world's toughest gun laws after its worst mass killing, the 1996 Port Arthur massacre in which a lone gunman killed 35 people using a semi-automatic AR-15 -- the same weapon used in the Christchurch massacre.Australia banned semi-automatic weapons, launched a gun amnesty in which tens of thousands of weapons were handed in, and made it much tougher to own them.Ardern encouraged gun owners who were thinking of surrendering their weapons to do so.New Zealand, a country of only 5 million people, has an estimated 1.5 million firearms.
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