Police in the South Pacific nation usually operate without firearms but trialled armed patrols after a lone gunman murdered 51 Muslim worshippers in Christchurch in March 2019.
Most of the shootings in Canada have been blamed on gang violence and illegal guns with PM Trudeau saying the ban will include AR-15 lightweight semi-automatic rifles.
The first of more than 250 collections to be held nationwide was in Christchurch, where 51 Muslim worshippers were gunned down while at prayer less than four months ago.
After the Christchurch terror attack left 50 Muslim worshippers dead and several dozen wounded, New Zealand has decided to come up with strict gun laws.
The United States has the second highest death rate by firearms globally. Now guns are also affecting a significant number of children.
Trump administration asked to explain a recent agreement that allows free distribution of plans for using 3D-printers to make plastic handguns.
The US one of the few countries on earth where the right to bear arms is constitutionally protected and powerful guns are easy to obtain.
Firearm lobbyists exploit fears — new and old — to develop a new customer base across the country. Even with gun-friendly Trump set to become president, their market looks more promising than ever.
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