New Zealand mosque attack: a gun for every other adult, but fatal shootings are rare - News Summed Up

New Zealand mosque attack: a gun for every other adult, but fatal shootings are rare


Gun enthusiasts sometimes describe New Zealand’s regulations as a happy medium between American libertarianism and British caution. There are enough guns in the country to arm every other adult under the age of 65, but its rate of fatal shootings had until today been half of the UK’s and less than a hundredth of that in the US. Yet the Christchurch massacre, which appears to have involved a customised assault rifle of a kind banned in Australia, has reinvigorated concerns that the rules may be too lax. Police estimate that there are more than 1.5 million guns, including 15,000 “military-style” semi-automatic rifles (MSSAs), spread across a population of 4.7 million. The exact number is hard to pin down because only a small proportion of the…


Source: The Times March 15, 2019 17:15 UTC



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