Mar 18, 2019 17:44 Asia/Tehran
  • New Zealand PM confirms gun law reform after mosque massacre

New Zealand Prime Minister confirmed that the government has agreed to reform the country's gun laws in the wake of last Friday's massacre at two mosques, in which 50 people were killed.

Iran Press/Asia: Jacinda Ardern added that the 'worst act of terrorism on our shores' had exposed a range of weaknesses in New Zealand's gun laws.

Speaking after her weekly cabinet meeting Monday evening local time, Ardern told reporters that ministers had agreed 'in principle' to reform gun laws, Associated Press reported.

"Within 10 days of this horrific act of terrorism we will have announced reforms which will, I believe, make our community safer," she said.

While acknowledging that 'for a short period' the planned amendments might create uncertainty for some gun owners, Ardern said: "I strongly believe that the vast majority of gun owners in New Zealand will agree with the sentiment that change needs to occur."

Earlier Monday, popular New Zealand e-commerce website TradeMe ended the sale of semi-automatic guns on its online marketplace.

"We have listened to public sentiment following Friday's terrorist attack in Christchurch and decided to remove all semi-automatic firearms sales and parts associated," TradeMe wrote in a statement.105/213

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