South Auckland community calls for stricter gun laws after another shooting

The south Auckland community is calling for stricter gun laws after another homicide.

On Friday police were called to a shooting on Piako St in Otara. The man died from a gunshot wound at the scene.

It follows several other south Auckland shootings this year, including one near Mangere Bridge in February and another at Clover Park in April.

Now a local leader says the disorder must come to an end.

Local board chair Lotu Fuli says there are too many guns on the streets, and hopes new legislation changes that.

"That fact that there are guns as readily available as they are, legally and illegally, is a real issue and a real problem," she told Newshub.

"It's all part of what's happened also in Christchurch. I think as a nation, understanding that there are too many guns out there, that our gun laws have not been strict enough in the past and we're starting to see the result of that now."

A community meeting is being held later on Saturday, with attendees including Mayor Phil Goff and local MP Jenny Salesa.

Fuli is urging locals to attend and band together to show gun violence will not be tolerated.

"Look out for each other and be safe and have confidence in our police, confidence that they are aware of what's going on, they are taking care of it," she told Newshub.

"Do more as a community to come out and actually get to know our neighbours and get to know each other, and in that way we can increase safety by being more connected."

New Zealand's homicide rates have fallen over the past 25 years - peaking at 24 per million people in 1986, to a decades-low of seven in 2017, police data shows