On Friday, September 13, 2019, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Arden introduced a new bill to parliament that seeks to strengthen civilian disarmament schemes. This comes six months after the Christchurch Mosque massacres.
This represents New Zealand’s second wave of gun control proposals put forward after these shootings. A mandatory national buyback program was part of the first reforms.
On top of that, Arden announced new funding for mental health services as well.
“This funding will go into supporting treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and other serious issues, community mental health and addiction support, cultural competency training for GPs [general practitioners],” Arden said, “allowing extended GP consultations for those directly affected by the attacks, and also initiatives that help build community resilience.”
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Right now, the New Zealand government is aiming to create a registry of all firearms in the country as a means of letting the police know who actually owns firearms. There are some privacy concerns regarding this legislative proposal, but it must be noted that in New Zealand there is no right to bear arms, thus the country is legislatively susceptible to these forms of government overreach.
All things considered, New Zealand will likely become the next Australia—a country that gun controllers will appeal to as evidence of gun control working.