New Zealand has what Australia’s former PM says you need – a serious incident to persuade people

The last attempt to introduce tougher gun laws in New Zealand ended, as such attempts often do, in a balancing act.

On the one hand, Paula Bennett, the police minister in former prime minister Bill English’s government, was facing pressure to reduce the risk of a gun-based attack on New Zealand soil. On the other was the rights of legal, law-abiding gun owners, most of whom were part of the powerful hunting and sporting lobby and who were guaranteed to show their displeasure at the polls if stricter gun laws were introduced.

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