Police Wrongly Charge Christchurch Gunman With Murder Of Man Still Alive

Clay Curtis
March 21, 2019

Speaking this Friday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons are now banned with immediate effect, making good on a pledge to the country of the military-style weapons used in last week's slaughter of 50 people.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that Friday's call to prayers for Muslims will be broadcast nationally and there will be a two-minute silence.

Asked about the people who illegally hold military-style semi-automatic, she said, "we just want the guns back".

"All semi-automatic weapons used during the terrorist attack on Friday 15 March will be banned".

The country's gun laws have been in the spotlight since white supremacist gunman Brenton Tarrant shot dead 50 people in New Zealand's worst ever terror attack. New Zealand follows the example of Australia, which banned all semi-automatic weapons following a 1996 mass shooting in Port Arthur that killed 35 people. "Although general practice has had a significant addition to their workload because of the ongoing measles outbreak in Canterbury, they should always be your first point of call for non-urgent care - call your normal GP team's number 24/7 and after hours a nurse will advise you what to do and where to go", he said.

Conservative estimates indicate some 1.5 million weapons are in circulation in New Zealand, equating to three guns for every 10 people, well below the U.S. ratio of more than one weapon per person.

But in a new development, police have confirmed they made an error and the person listed as the murder victim is still alive.

New Zealand is "trying to learn from the process that they've gone though", she said.

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Firearms experts said the ban in New Zealand has wide support.

Police said they have spoken with the person incorrectly named on the document and have apologized, and said they would change the charge sheet.

She also said she and the Cabinet would work through legal exemptions to the ban, such as for farmers needing to cull their herds but said any exemptions would be "tightly regulated".

The company said the employee was deported by the UAE government. It quoted Detective Superintendent Chris Page as saying the error did not affect the validity or legality of the prosecution.

Tarrant, 28, is next scheduled to appear in court on April 5, and Bush said investigations were continuing.

The man charged in the mosque attacks had purchased his weapons legally using a standard firearms license and enhanced their capacity by using 30-round magazines "done easily through a simple online purchase", Ardern said.

Workers at the Al Noor mosque have been working feverishly to fix the destruction, Fouda said. "They should have been in a safe environment", she said.

Fouda said that he expects the mosque to be ready to open again by next week and that some skilled workers had offered their services for free.

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