New Zealand will tighten gun laws in the wake of its worst modern-day massacre in which fifty people were killed after a gunman opened fire on worshipers at two mosques.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today said her coalition was unified on the need to reduce the availability of the kind of weapons used by twenty-eight-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant as he went room to room shooting Muslims gathered for Friday prayers.
Police say the killer used military-style assault weapons modified to make them more deadly for the attack – all of which is legal under current laws.
Ms Ardern was appearing alongside her coalition partner and Deputy PM Winston Peters, who has previously opposed changes. He said he fully supported the prime minister on the issue.
Ardern, the youthful premier who has become the face of the nation’s tragedy, said there would be an inquiry into the horrifying attack, as questions swirl over whether intelligence agencies should have spotted warning signs.