New Zealand police said that, as of Tuesday night, at least 37 firearms had been handed in to police officers around the country. Hart, who ran as a Greens party candidate in the 2017 election, handed in his semi-automatic rifle to police on Monday in the wake of the shootings. Hart said that while the gun was useful for some tasks, it was “actually too dangerous to have around as a weapon”. We’ll cope without semi-automatic weapons, we won’t cope without the people who were taken from us from these events.”John Hart (@farmgeek) Until today I was one of the New Zealanders who owned a semi-automatic rifle. Hart said he was supportive of any moves to reform New Zealand’s existing gun laws, which he said clearly had issues, given they led to the suspected shooter in the Christchurch attack being able to access guns legally.
Source: The Guardian March 19, 2019 22:52 UTC