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AustraliaHoward silent on New Zealand gun reform

06:40  16 march  2019
06:40  16 march  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Nearly 250,000 licensed firearms owners own and use New Zealand 's estimated 1.5 million firearms. As in Australia, but unlike the US and Canada

Howard 's actions as prime minister included new gun laws (in response to Howard 's initial silence on the views of Pauline Hanson—a disendorsed Liberal Party candidate and later independent The Australian and New Zealand cricket boards unsuccessfully nominated Howard as their candidate for

Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard has refused to comment on New Zealand's gun laws in the wake of yesterday's terror attack in Christchurch.

The attack, which has so far claimed the lives of 49 people and injured another 40, has sent shockwaves around the world and sparked debate in New Zealand about the country's gun laws.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said this morning the suspected gunman, used two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and a lever-action firearm to carry out the attack.

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John Howard FRS (2 September 1726 – 20 January 1790) was a philanthropist and early English prison reformer . Howard was born in North London, either in Hackney or Enfield.

HMS New Zealand was one of three Indefatigable-class battlecruisers built for the defence of the British Empire. Launched in 1911, the ship was funded by the government of New Zealand as a gift to Britain, and she was commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1912.

Howard silent on New Zealand gun reform © 9news Former Prime Minister John Howard refused to comment on New Zealand's gun laws.

Ms Arden vowed to change the nation's gun laws after confirming the "primary perpetrator" in Christchurch's terror attack used five weapons.

"I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change. There have been attempts to change our laws in 2005, 2012 and after an inquiry in 2017. Now is the time for change," Ms Ardern said.

However Mr Howard, the architect behind Australia's own changes in gun laws more than 20 years ago, was reluctant to say whether New Zealand should follow suit.

Howard silent on New Zealand gun reform © Getty Former Australian prime minister John Howard.

"I just want to join everybody in expressing my profound sorrow for the people of New Zealand and, particularly for those who has lost loved ones," Mr Howard told 9News.

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John Howard led a push to significantly increase restrictions on gun ownership, which divided the A long-held conviction of Howard 's, the tax reform proposal was credited with boosting his confidence New Zealand citizens may reside, work and study in Australia indefinitely without needing to first

Gun laws in Australia are mainly the jurisdiction of Australian states and territories, with the importation of guns regulated by the federal government.

"It was a terrible crime and I share totally the thoughts of our Prime Minister and the New Zealand Prime Minister in what both of them have so appropriately said.

"I have nothing further to say at this stage."

The Australian accused of carrying out the attacks in two mosque shootings in Christchurch today briefly appeared in court and been remanded in police custody.

Brenton Tarrant, the alleged gunman in yesterday's terror attack, appeared at the Law Courts in Christchurch with his hands cuffed.

He was remanded in custody, to be held in a jail cell until his next appearance in court on April 5.

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