Christchurch massacre: NewZealand unanimously votes 119-1 to amend gun law
Subsequent to the deadly assault in Christchurch which left 50 innocent people dead in broad day light, legislators in NewZealand unanimously voted in favor of changing the country’s gun laws.
Members of parliament voted for the gun reform bill by 119 to 1 for banning all types of military-style semi-automatic weapons, ABC news reported.
Now this bill is waiting to get the final royal assent from the governor general to be implemented as a law in letter and spirit.
“There have been very few occasions when I have seen parliament come together in this way, and I can’t imagine circumstances when it is more necessary,” PM Ardern said.
The Australian terrorist Brenton Tarrant, 28, was also last week formally charged with 50 counts of murder and 39 attempted murder counts, foreign news agency reported
Ardern banned the sale of all military style semi-automatics (MSSA) and assault rifles just six days after the March 15 shooting, and announced plans to tighten gun laws.
Existing gun laws had provided for a standard A-category gun license covering semi-automatics limited to seven shots.
The passage of the bill comes just weeks after the March 15 mass shooting at two Christchurch mosques, which Ardern described as “the darkest of days in New Zealand’s history.”
PM Jacinda Ardern while talking to the house of lawmakers said ” He (Brenton) is a terrorist, criminal, extremist but he will when I speak will be nameless.”