Police, tradesmen rush to prepare ravaged New Zealand mosque for Friday prayers

Sergio Conner
March 23, 2019

Igor Ilnitckii/iStock (WELLINGTON, New Zealand) - New Zealand's prime minister announced that assault rifles, such as the ones used last Friday in the massacre at two mosques in Christchurch, will be banned from the country once approved by the parliament.

According to the fact sheet, the Cabinet will discuss the further changes March 25.

Ardern said that similar to Australia, the law would allow for strictly enforced exemptions for farmers for pest control and animal welfare. Gun owners who wish to surrender their weapons were encouraged to start doing so now.

New Zealand government has also moved to ban a number of accessories which can take lower capacity semi-automatic fire arms to weapons of greater killing might. Solemn farewells were made for high school student Sayyad Ahmad Milne, 14.

She said a buy-back scheme would be set up for banned weapons, and that measures would be imposed to prevent a run on buying before the law comes in.

Mr Fouda said he had been discussing plans for the prayer service with city officials and MPs and expected it would take place in Hagley Park, a city landmark across from Al Noor mosque, where at least 42 people were killed.

As a result, many people who legally owned certain firearms will no longer be able to possess them on their existing license conditions.

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Police said in a statement they had apologized to the person incorrectly named on the document and would change the charge sheet.

"And I've got to give all my respect to the New Zealand prime minister, with her position and her actions, and it speaks loud", he said.

One neighbour of the Milne family said the service was "very respectful, very moving" and attended by Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

A white supremacist gunman streamed his 17 minutes of carnage in which he is accused of shooting dead 50 Muslim worshipers during their Friday prayers, while several sustained injuries who are under treatment in the hospital.

Ardern said she hoped the law would be in place by April 11.

Workers at the Al Noor mosque have been trying feverishly to fix the destruction, Fouda said. Overall, 57% of US adults say gun laws should be more strict, while 31% say they are about right and 11% say they should be less strict.

Tarrant, 28, is next scheduled to appear in court on April 5, and Bush said investigations were continuing. "National supports them being banned along with assault rifles", he said.

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