New Zealand Police has visited the Brenton Tarrant’s home in October 2017 as per the standard procedure to obtain a gun license.
Brenton, a self-avowed white supremacist, has applied for the gun license in September 2017 and police (firearms vetting team) visited his home in the southern city of Dunedin for security inspection.
Home visit to the person and inspect the security of their property is one of the steps to get a firearms license.
Moreover, he has also provided a reference of two residents as part of the process, who was also interviewed by police. The referees “met the requirements of the process,” and He got the license in November 2017 after the successful inspection.
In December 2017, Tarrant legally purchased two semi-automatic rifles, two shotguns, and a lever-action firearm. He used this weapon in the Christchurch mosques terror attack. Fifty people lost their lives, and 50 left injured in the March 15 terror attack. Tarrant was arrested as he was on the way for another attack.
New Gun Law in New Zealand
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has imposed a ban on military-style semi-automatics and assault rifles. “On 15 March our history changed forever. Now, our laws will too, she added. Rules to obtain firearms will also become tougher after new gun laws.
NZ government will soon start a gun buyback program as a new law will not allow people to own semi-automatics and assault rifles.
Mosques to reopen
Al Noor mosque of Christchurch will be opened for Friday prayers. It is currently repaired and painted before the reopening. 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.
It is expected that thousands of people will come at Al Noor mosque to offer prayers. Majority of a victim who died in the attack were migrants from India, Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Bangladesh.
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