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Plans for gun megastore in Christchurch cause backlash

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Plans for gun megastore in Christchurch cause backlash

Plans for gun megastore in Christchurch cause backlash

New Zealand shop Gun City, which sold weapons to the man accused of shootings at two Christchurch mosques that killed 51 people and injured dozens, aroused community concerns on Wednesday with plans for a mega store in the South Island city.

Anna Bevan reports.

New Zealand retailer Gun City has angered residents in Christchurch over its plans to open a mega store in the South Island city next month.

Gun City sold weapons to Brenton Tarrant, the man accused of killing 51 people and injuring dozens in shootings earlier this year at two Christchurch mosques.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) COMMUNITY ADVOCATE MARK PETERS, SAYING: "It probably is a bit of bad taste.

It's very soon after the March 15th event.

I mean ideally you would have thought they might have postponed." The store's location is just 1 km from the racetrack where New Zealand held its first firearms buyback on Saturday (July 13), four months after its worst peacetime mass shooting.

Gun City owner David Tipple told local media that plans for the store were in development two years ago.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) GUN CITY OWNER DAVID TIPPLE, SAYING: "We are running a legitimate business, selling a legitimate product to legitimate firearms owners." Tarrant is due to stand trial next May.

And has pleaded not guilty to 92 charges over the attacks, including New Zealand's first terrorism charge.




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