New Zealand's attorney general backtracks on his commitment to a semi-automatic weapons ban that won Kim Kardashian's praise

  • David Parker, the attorney general of New Zealand, made waves this morning when he announced that New Zealand will be banning semi-automatic weapons in the wake of the Christchurch mass shooting.
  • Parker earned praise from people all across the world, including Kim Kardashian, who tweeted her support.
  • But now, Parker appears to be walking back his statements, and told Radio New Zealand that he couldn’t remember his exact words, but didn’t want to overstep.

David Parker, the attorney general of New Zealand, spoke at a vigil for the victims of the mosque mass shooting last night, on March 15. He earned widespread praise for his announcement that New Zealand was going to ban semi-automatic weapons, which the shooter used.

People all around the world were impressed with this show of strength, including Kim Kardashian.

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But just a few hours later, Parker is clarifying his comments. He told Radio New Zealand that “we need to ban some semi-automatics, perhaps all of them. Those decisions have yet to be taken but the prime minister has signalled that we are going to look at that issue.”

This comes after New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s comments at a press conference, in which she stated that “I can tell you right now, our gun laws will change. Now is the time for change.” However, she held back from outright stating that semi-automatic weapons will be banned.

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