New Zealand’s relatively lax gun laws are facing scrutiny after a white nationalist gunman opened fire at a mosque in Christchurch, killing at least 49 people and injuring dozens of others.
Police said that four people, one of them a woman, have been taken into custody in connection with the attack. A 28-year-old man was charged with murder and will appear in court on Saturday.
It’s still unclear what weapons the suspects used, or where and how they acquired them. But we do know that the gunman, who was radicalized online, left a 74-page manifesto in which he spoke about his white nationalist views, and made multiple references to the U.S.’ second amendment rights.
Philip Alpers of GunPolicy.org, which is hosted by the University of Sydney, told the New York Times, there are likely to be new restrictions put in place after this terrorist attack.
“New Zealand is almost alone with the United States in not registering 96% of its firearms, and those are its most common firearms, the ones most used in crimes,” Alpers said. “There are huge gaps in New Zealand law even if some of its laws are strong.”
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