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'It's not fair to blame us': aisles at Gun City are busy in wake of Christchurch attack | World news

On a gloomy, grey Sunday at Gun City in Christchurch business is booming, with the large, warehouse-style shop humming with more than two dozen customers.As prime minister Jacinda Ardern considers banning semi-automatic rifles following Friday’s massacre of 50 Muslim worshippers, some gun users are busy stockpiling, fearing their favourite toys will soon be out of reach.An employee who works at a takeaway shop opposite Gun City, New Zealand’s largest gun retailer, confirmed to the Guardian that business had been “extremely busy” at the rifle store since Friday’s massacre. She said she only usually saw such crowds at the shop’s annual sale. Read more The employee said despite every other shop going into lockdown during the three-hour event, the doors of Gun City remained open. As police chased the killer and ambulances rushed to attend the injured and dying, streams of buyers entered the doors of Gun City carrying empty rifle bags.“It was disturbing,” she says.Gun City has been contacted for comment.Among the throngs shopping there on Sunday was a former New Zealand soldier who gave his name as Anthony, browsing for bullets. A tall, strong man with a ginger beard and tattoos, Anthony says he uses his riflefor “sport”. He was hoping semi-automatics were not banned, but he and his shooting friends were buying the weapons, which can cost anything from NZ$600 (US$400) upwards.“I felt anger because I knew it would create a negative tidal wave towards people like me, it creates panic. People see a gun now and they freak out.” says Anthony, who also condemned the attack.“We have had these guns available for a long time and...

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