A man had a verbal dispute with his neighbor before he went on a shot with a semi-automatic rifle, killing 13 people. This was almost 30 years ago and it was the most persistent shooting in the history of New Zealand, until Friday.
Not only is 49-person mass shooting at mosques in Christchurch more than the Aramoana shooting in 1990, but it equals the same number of gun homicides that occurred in the country from 2010 to 2016, according to New Zealand police details.
Unlike the United States, when deaf ears often meet with gun control after mass-shooting when it comes to federal regulation, only major changes occurred to one of them that occurred in New Zealand.
As a result of Aramoana shooting the nation's gun laws changed, and more momentum was gained after shots in Scotland and Australia. In Scotland, 1
Historical links with these two countries, as well as a general response to these events, have taken place internationally on the New Zealand perspective of their own national laws.
Gun laws in New Zealand
The country had gun registration laws dating back to the 1800s, but in recent history, the most significant laws were the Arms Act 1983 which prevented registering long guns and the police carrying out background checks on anyone who is expecting to receive a gun registration.
This Act created a regulation so that any person over the age of 16, who is a “fit and proper” person, and “the person with good character can comply with the New Laws. The lawful grant of a gun license; is required to buy or hold a gun.
The national reaction on the deadly shooting in Aramoana in 1990, urged that tighter gun restrictions were established in 1992.
These new amendments included increased supervision of ammunition acquisition, restricting sales to firearm license holders only and requiring permits for persons to order guns or ammunition by post, updating and adding further information to them. Includes photos for individuals licenses, and requires secure storage of your guns.
The New Zealand Police note that the Arms Act 1983 does not require holders of a gun license to register their specific firearms other than any semi-automatic firearm, pistol or other military style weapons.
A national report which reviewed their gun laws was released in 1997 and, at the At the time, they estimated that between 700,000 and 1,000,000 firearms were owned by New Zealand civilians, according to the police.
Low-gun violence rates
According to the release of information from the New Zealand police, there were a total of 69 deaths with firearms in the whole country over a ten-year period, from 2008 to 2017.
In addition, New Zealand Police noted in a separate discharge that a person with a firearms license committed 15 deaths, in December 1998 to December 2018.
In comparison, there were 2,740 guns deaths in the United States in the first two and a half months this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
Nevertheless, the two countries are very different, with New Zealand having a population of less than 4.8 million, with an estimated 327.2 million people in the US, but the rates of gun violence differ particularly when are considered for size comparison.
CNN mentions a study in 2015 which reported that New Zealand had an adjusted rate of about 1 gun death per 100,000 people, and in 2017, the US has an adjustment rate of 12 gun deaths per 100,000. person.
"Fortunately, the vast majority of New Zealand does not feel that there is a threat of illegal firearms in their neighborhood [sic]," said assistant police commissioner Malcolm Burgess in 2014.