New Zealand mosque terror attacks
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will return to the city of Christchurch on Wednesday to meet with first responders and victims' families.
Earlier today, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that the government has agreed to reform the country's gun laws in the wake of Friday's mosque terror attacks.
Here's what you need to know about New Zealand's gun laws:
- More relaxed laws: New Zealand's weapons legislation is considered more relaxed than most Western countries outside of the US.
- No registration required: Gun owners do need a license, but they aren't required to register their guns — unlike in neighboring Australia.
- One gun for every 3 people: While authorities do not know exactly how many legally or illegally owned firearms are currently in circulation in New Zealand, estimates put the number at about 1.2 million, according to New Zealand Police. This figure equates to about one gun for every three people — a rate that is considered high when compared with Australia, which has 3.15 million guns, approximately one for every eight people.”
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said her department has offered its full support to New Zealand in the wake of the terror attacks.
"We, too, have seen the face of such evil with attacks in places such as Charlottesville, Pittsburgh, and Charleston. And in the wake of the New Zealand tragedy, I want to make one thing very clear: We will not permit such hate in the homeland,” she said.
Nielsen called the mosque shootings a "horrible assault" against Muslim worshipers
"Attacks on peaceful people in their places of worship are abhorrent,” Nielsen said speaking at the State of Homeland Security address.
A spokesperson for Israel’s Population & Immigration Authority, Sabine Haddad, told CNN that an Australian citizen by the name of Brenton Tarrant, who was born in 1990, entered Israel as a tourist on Oct. 25, 2016.
He received a three-month visa on arrival, and he stayed in Israel for nine days.
New Zealand's 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, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed.
Ardern said 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.
"Within 10 days of this horrific act of terrorism we will have announced reforms which will, I believe, make our community safer," she said.
New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters says he discussed the use of the video from Friday’s attack with Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
When asked by reporters if it was acceptable for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to show parts of the video, Peters said this: