What we know about the gun used in the mosque massacre in New Zealand, where gun laws are some of the most lax in the developed world

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A deadly massacre in New Zealand on Friday has already sparked a debate about the country’s gun-control laws.
A gunman fatally shot 49 people and injured dozens more in two Christchurch mosques.
Though police haven’t released information about the weapons used in the shooting, photos and videos appear to show that the suspect used semi-automatic rifles covered in writing that alluded to other mass shooters and extremists.
New Zealand already has a number of gun-control laws in place, including a licensing system, but there has been vigorous debate within the last year about regulating “military-style semi-automatic” rifles.
Read our full coverage of the New Zealand shooting here.

A deadly shooting rampage in New Zealand on Friday has already sparked debate about the country’s gun-control laws, after a shooter mowed down dozens of worshippers at two Christchurch mosques.

Authorities said 49 people were killed, 48 more were injured, and multiple suspects were arrested. New Zealand police have not formally identified the accused gunman, but said a 28-year-old man has been charged with murder.

Police also have not yet released information about the weapon used in the shooting spree or how the suspect obtained it. But live-streamed video of the shooting and photos from a now-defunct Twitter account believed to be the suspect’s show what appear to be semi-automatic rifles and magazines covered in symbols and white writing, some of it in the Cyrillic alphabet.

Some of the writing referred to infamous mass shooters and extremists, such as an Italian national who injured six African migrants last year, and a Canadian man who fatally shot six people in a Quebec City mosque in January 2017.

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Source:: Business Insider


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