Keep New Zealanders safe

Eastern Bay residents are some of many across the country who are expected to change their attitudes towards firearms following Friday's tragic events in Christchurch.

Whakatane Police say many firearms license holders across other parts of the country have already turned in their semi-automatic weapons as a result of the attack.

Community Constable Spike Dickey says he expects the trend will be followed locally.

Fish and Game is also showing their support for a firearm law reform.

It says the Christchurch mosque mass killing is a tragedy and it supports an overhaul of firearm laws.

Chief Executive Martin Taylor says we need to ensure the safety of all New Zealanders.

Sam Gardner