New Zealand Attorney General David Baker, who had reportedly announced at a vigil Friday that the country would ban semiautomatic weapons, clarified Saturday the government has not yet reached that conclusion, Radio New Zealand reported.
Ardern did not elaborate on specific legislative or regulatory proposals.
The country already has far stricter gun laws than the United States does — unlike Americans, New Zealanders do not have a constitutional right to bear arms.
To be clear, semiautomatic weapons, a classification that itself can be imprecise, have not been banned in New Zealand yet.
Gun-control activists in the United States pointed out how quickly top New Zealand politicians moved to ban some of the types of firearms used in the attack.
Americans deserve better than lawmakers who are letting gun lobbyists write our nation’s gun laws.”.
Since December 14, 2012, the day of the Sandy Hook school shooting, there have been 1,981 mass shootings in the United States. »