Senior reporter Jared Savage has been covering gun control reform for the Herald this week and explains why Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern did not follow Australia's lead.

COMMENT:

Thoughts and prayers do work faster in New Zealand.

It was now or never for stricter gun control in our country, which has been put to one side by successive governments since at least 1997.

Those who warned of tragedy, most persistently the Police Association, were accused of scaremongering.

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Whenever the issue of semi-automatic firearms were raised, most recently in 2017, the gun lobby would cry "don't punish legitimate firearms owners".

They urged politicians to let Parliament, not the police, decide what weapons should be considered Military Style Semi Automatics (MSSA).

Police lost a significant court case when challenged

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