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NZ cabinet embraces tougher gun laws

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said she will announce detailed gun law reforms within days, after an attack on two mosques left fifty people dead.

Ms. Ardern said her cabinet had backed gun law changes “in principle”.

Although no specific details were given by the prime minister at Monday’s press conference, she said they would be made clear soon.

“This ultimately means that within 10 days of this horrific act of terrorism we will have announced reforms which will, I believe, make our community safer,” the PM said.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, twenty-eight, a self-professed white supremacist, has been charged with murder.

Police say Mr. Tarrant used military-style assault weapons modified to make them more deadly for the attack – all of which is legal under current laws.

Ms. Ardern was appearing alongside her coalition partner and Deputy PM Winston Peters, who has previously opposed changes to New Zealand’s gun laws.

Mr. Peters said he fully supported the prime minister on the issue, adding: “The reality is that after one PM on Friday, our world changed forever and so will our laws.”

Earlier on Monday, gun retailer Gun City said it had sold four weapons to the alleged gunman online, but it did not sell him the high-powered weapon used in the mosque shootings.

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