New Zealand will change gun laws after mosque massacre, prime minister says

New Zealand will change gun laws after mosque massacre, prime minister says

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has urged citizens to hand in weapons before new gun laws are introduced. "One of the most lovely and most peaceful countries in the world", he told a media conference in Christchurch, where the attack took place on Friday.

"We detected nothing extraordinary about this (gun) license holder", Tipple said, adding he and staff are "dismayed and disgusted" by Friday's shootings.

Besides the debate on gun control, New Zealanders considered a call to open doors to more refugees and whether an enormously successful rugby team in Canterbury should change its name from the Crusaders because of the overtones of religious intolerance.

"In the first 24 hours we removed 1.5 million videos of the attack globally, of which over 1.2 million were blocked at upload.", Facebook said in a tweet late Saturday.

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern said she planned to take up the issue of the livestream with Facebook.

Police commissioner Mike Bush said this investigation is the largest ever undertaken by the NZ Police.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that the cabinet has chose to reform the gun law within 10 days.

While Tipple said "there is no way of knowing" if the shotgun that was sold online to the 28-year-old Australian-born suspect Brenton Tarrant was used in the terror attack, he adamantly denied selling the suspect any semi-automatic weapons.

According to multiple reports, gun shops have allegedly experienced a surge in sales since the attack on Friday.

Tarrant was "a brand new purchaser with a brand new licence".

A candlelit vigil was led by Christchurch students. Credit PA
A candlelit vigil was led by Christchurch students. Credit PA

The store has been criticized for leaving out a roadside advertising billboard that shows a parent helping children with rifle target practice.

Tarrant had been living in the southern city of Dunedin, around 225 miles from Christchurch and had traveled around the world, including Turkey and Pakistan.

Relatives of the dead are now anxiously awaiting word on when they can bury their loved ones.

Muslim community leaders at the vigil and throughout the country argued that police and intelligence agencies have for years been focused on surveilling their communities for signs of radicalism but not extremist communities that could be targeting Islamic sites and places of worship. Backhoes had stopped digging and police officers said they were setting up a media area inside the cemetery.

He said only two things need to be proved in a murder trial: whether the accused did it and whether it was his intention to kill.

Kawthar Abulaban, 54, who survived the shooting at the Al Noor mosque, came to the cemetery to see the preparations.

Mouat said he believed New Zealand's businesses had a role to play in encouraging change.

"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", Ms Ardern told TVNZ earlier on Monday. "It's my country", she said.

The New Zealand Red Cross is accepting donations as volunteers continue to provide on-the-ground emotional support to family members of victims, responding to their concerns and giving them information they may have missed.

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