1 Oct 2019

Teen girl says dreams 'crushed' by govt semi-automatic gun ban

From Checkpoint, 5:10 pm on 1 October 2019

A 13-year-old girl is accusing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of crushing her hopes and dreams with new gun laws that have forced her to hand back her prized semi-automatic rifle.

That has sparked heated debate around the age at which young people are picking up firearms.

Maddy Millen-Turner describes in an open letter to Jacinda Ardern how she was reduced to tears when told about the ban on guns like her AR-15 that she was given as a birthday present.

The gunman in the Christchurch mosque attacks that left 51 people dead was armed with several firearms, including an AR-15.

Conan Young reports.