New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the suspected shooter accused of taking part in the mass shooting of 49 people in Christchurch, held a standard “Category A” gun license.
“My understanding is that he holds a Category A gun license and again I preface this, that my advice currently is that under that gun license he was able to legally acquire the guns that he held. That will give you an indication of why we need to change our gun laws," she said at a news conference.
Earlier, Ardern said the main shooter used five guns, including two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns, during the attack.
One thing to note: According to New Zealand police, a standard firearms license allows the holder to obtain any number of sporting-type rifles and shotguns (referred to as “A category” firearms). In addition, visitors to New Zealand are permitted to apply for a visitor’s firearms license that police said “will let you shoot for hunting or competition in New Zealand for up to a year.”