A gun show in Auckland, New Zealand#8217s most populous city, has been cancelled in the wake of the terror attack in the city of Christchurch that left at least 50 people dead on Friday.
The Kumeu Militaria Show, billed as the largest gun show in the country, was scheduled to take place this Saturday.
Organizers said the event was cancelled #8220in respect for the victims#8221 of the shooting and due to #8220elevated security risks.#8221
The show attracts thousands of attendees yearly and has been held at the Kumea Showgrounds since 2014. Boasting militaria displays, historical re-enactments and family entertainment, the annual event is branded as a way to promote an interest in the country#8217s military history.The Brief Newsletter Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know right now. View Sample Sign Up Now
#8220We regret the inconvenience caused to all involved with the running of the show, the military vehicle owners, memorabilia collectors and exhibitors, defense force members, community groups, vendors, and support organizations,#8221 the organizers said in a Facebook post.
In the post#8217s comments, a number of social media users credited the organizers for the decision and said it was the right thing to do.
Gun control laws in New Zealand, which are relatively lax, have been scrutinized since the attack.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said during a press conference in Wellington the morning after the attack that the laws #8220will change.#8221 Brenton Harrison Tarrant, the 28-year-old Australian man arrested and charged in relation to the massacre, allegedly had five guns with him, including two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns.
Thirty-four people among the 50 injured remain in Christchurch Hospital, including 12 in intensive care.
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