"While curtailing gun owners’ rights is a political battleground in the United States, Christchurch gun owner Max Roberts, 22, predicted Ardern won’t face serious opposition to her agenda.
“There will be no opposition to it. There’s no movement in New Zealand for that. Our media and politics are more left wing,” said Roberts, a carpenter who uses guns for hunting."
There will definitely be opposition here - there are gun nuts here, too. And they lobby fiercely. I should also note that in 2017, the Minister for Police rejected tighter gun regulations. Not coincidentally, she is also an avid hunter.
New Zealand has 250,000 firearms license holders, and most of them are males between the ages of 40 and 70. It has an estimated 1.2 million guns - estimated, since most guns don't have to be registered.
There are a lot of farmers and recreational hunters here. I don't know why any of them would need an AR-15 type gun. Come to think of it, pistols are more heavily regulated than semi-automatic rifles.