New Zealand’s history of gun ownership could be upended

New Zealand’s history of hunting, farming and sports shooting has led to a high rate of gun ownership. There are an estimated 1.5 million firearms in the country — roughly one for every three citizens.

But the deadly mass shooting at two mosques Friday could lead to significant change in its laws and gun culture.

Less than 24 hours after the massacre, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was already vowing to change the country’s gun laws.

The “primary perpetrator” in the mosque shootings was a licensed gun owner and legally acquired the five guns used in the shootings, Ardern said in an address to the nation broadcast live on Saturday.

“I can tell you right now, our gun laws will change,” she said.

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