Christchurch terror attack: Garner calls on Mongrel Mob to give up their guns

The AM Show host Duncan Garner is calling on New Zealand's gangs to give up their guns.

Fifty people were killed when a gunman opened fire in the Deans Ave and Linwood Ave mosques in Christchurch on Friday, March 15.

The Mongrel Mob has condemned the attack, and members stood guard outside mosques in Hamilton on Friday, one week on.

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Garner said he thinks the Mongrel Mob has been "opportunistic" in its response to the shooting.

"I think it's very opportunistic in the Mongrel Mob, quite frankly what they're doing. I have mixed feelings on this.

"The gangs have a lot of these guns, will they hand them over? This is the challenge to the gangs from me today.

"Will you hand over your semi-automatic weapons? Will you say 'yep, fair enough, here's the amnesty'? Go on, I challenge all the gangs in New Zealand to do it."

Sports presenter Mark Richardson agreed, calling the gang a criminal organisation full of bullies with a good PR department.

"I think they've jumped an opportunity to put that PR department at the forefront."

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced huge changes to New Zealand's gun laws on Thursday, including a ban on the sale of military-style semi-automatic weapons and a gun buy-back scheme.

Ardern says the new changes should be passed into law by April 11, but in the meantime an E-category licence is now required to buy a semi-automatic weapon, meaning they are much harder to access.


A Newshub special will air on Three and from 1pm to 2:30pm to mark one week since the attack.