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'Restrictive' Gun Control Did Not Hinder Christchurch Massacre
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Mar 15, 2019 3:08 PM 1+ week ago

`Restrictive' Gun Control Did Not Prevent Christchurch Massacre

New Zealand requires licensing and in-depth background checks for would-be gun owners, but neither gun control policy prevented Friday's attacks in Christchurch that killed nearly 50 people.

The University of Sydney's describes New Zealand's gun control as "restrictive," because owning guns in that nation is not a guaranteed right but a privilege extended by the government.

Moreover, before legally owning a gun, residents must acquire a license. The acquisition of that license involves passage of a background check that "considers criminal, mental health, medical, addiction and domestic violence records." Third party references must also be provided to authorities during the license procurement process and interviews are conducted with the applicant's immediate family.

Even after licensing, New Zealanders cannot buy a handgun or "military style" semiautomatic without providing an acceptable explanation for why they want such a firearm. Additionally, those firearms must be registered with the central government upon acquisition.

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