The prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced in a news conference that a new legislation is hoped to be placed by 11 April.“Every semi-automatic weapon used in the terror attack on Friday will be banned,” said Arden. “This legislation will be drafted and introduced in urgency.”
All of the 50 bodies involved in the attack have now been formally identified, police have confirmed.
Australian Brenton Tarrant, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, has been charged with one murder and is expected to face further charges.
An amnesty is being imposed so the owners of the affected weapons can hand them in, and a buy-back scheme will follow. An estimated 1.2 million guns are in circulation in the country according to New Zealand police, that is one for every three people.
Arden said the buyback scheme could cost between $100 million to $200 million, but “that is the price that we must pay to ensure the safety of our communities”.
Many people are in great support for tougher legislation, with almost 70,000 New Zealanders signing petitions for gun control reform. Crowds had gathered outside Parliament in Wellington to deliver those petitions to lawmakers.