New Zealand mosque attacks: Parliament commemorates victims

New Zealand mosque attacks: Parliament commemorates victims

She said cabinet ministers had met and made an in-principle decision to tighten gun ownership laws, but details still need to be worked out.

The Prime Minister also announced that there would be an inquiry into what happened on March 15 and the days leading up to the attack.

"He didn't appear to me to be facing any challenges or mental impairment, other than holding fairly extreme views", Peters said, adding Tarrant showed no condolences or regret although the "discussion didn't touch on that" topic. The store "detected nothing extraordinary", about the buyer, he said.

At a news conference, "Gun City" owner David Tipple said the store sold four guns and ammunition to suspect Brenton Harrison Tarrant through a "police-verified online mail order process".

Bush said at a Monday news conference that "We believe absolutely there was only one attacker responsible for this".

"What the public rightly are asking right now is why is it and how is it that you are currently able to buy military-style semi-automatic weapons in New Zealand, and that's the right question to ask", Ardern told TVNZ earlier on Monday.

"Gun City did not sell him an MSSA, only A-category firearms".

The New Zealand government will look at the role social media played and what steps it can take, including on the worldwide stage, Ardern said in her speech on Tuesday.

Ardern has promised reforms to New Zealand gun laws which allowed Tarrant to legally purchase the weapons he used in the attack, including semi-automatic rifles.

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"This includes, but is not limited to, the two mosques and members of their congregation, our local Lautoka mosque and the New Zealand Islamic Federation because all mosques have shut their doors nationally".

Police said that the family of the gunman are assisting with their enquiries.

Ardern was the first signatory of a national condolence book for the worst peacetime mass killing in New Zealand that she opened in the capital Wellington on Monday. "Other charges will follow", she said in an address to Parliament on Tuesday afternoon.

Tarrant did not provide a specific reason for dismissing Peters, but certainly "thinks the job would be done better himself", Peters said.

Students from Christchurch Girls' High School and Christchurch Boys' High School joined forces to show their support for the community impacted by Friday's deadly shooting in New Zealand. "You know I have lots of support, lots of love, lots of kindness from all of the New Zealand people".

Mourners lay flowers on a wall at the Botanical Gardens in Christchurch.

"Our letters had to recognise all those who have been affected by this senseless act of terror".

"We can not simply sit back and accept that these platforms just exist and what is said is not the responsibility of the place where they are published", she said.

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