“Fatal Shooting in New Zealand: Two Men Killed, Gunman Identified”

By | July 21, 2023

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A fatal shooting in New Zealand has once again sparked a debate about the country’s gun laws. The incident, which occurred in Auckland, resulted in the deaths of two men and the injury of 10 others. The gunman, identified as 24-year-old Matu Tangi Matua Reid, entered a construction site armed with a pump-action shotgun and opened fire.

The incident has brought attention to an ongoing debate among political parties and the public about gun legislation in New Zealand. Following the Christchurch mosque shootings in 2019, the government implemented changes to gun laws, including the introduction of a firearms register. In addition, a gun-buyback scheme was launched, resulting in the government buying back over 10,000 firearms.

As of June, all firearm license owners in New Zealand are required to register their arms and related items on a digital platform. However, it is unclear whether the firearm used by Reid had been registered. Pump-action shotguns, like the one used in the shooting, are common in New Zealand for activities such as duck-hunting and pest control.

Gun Control New Zealand, a lobbying group, has advocated for the introduction of firearms registration, citing its success in making it more difficult for criminals to access firearms in the European Union. The group also highlighted the dangers of pump-action shotguns, stating that they are “more dangerous than a bolt action rifle.”

The incident has raised questions about why the offender was on home detention for charges related to violence and how he was able to obtain a gun. Prime Minister Chris Hipkins has announced a full review into the circumstances of the shooter’s home detention.

As investigations continue, the shooting has once again put a spotlight on the need for stricter gun laws in New Zealand. The government and law enforcement agencies are under pressure to address the issue and prevent such incidents in the future..

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