Brenton Tarrant, who attacked two mosques in Christchurch killing 50 people, has sacked his state-appointed lawyer saying he "wants to be self-represented in this case". "Gun City did not sell him an MSSA, only A-category firearms", Tipple told a news conference in Christchurch.
During the press conference, Ardern shared that changes to New Zealand law would likely be coming this week, and would impact semi-automatic weapons, NPR reports. Video of a gunman in one mosque showed a semi-automatic with a large magazine round.
David Tipple, the managing director of Gun City, whose online store sold Tarrant four weapons, said he felt no responsibility for the killings.
Mr Tipple said: "We detected nothing extraordinary about this license holder".
They came together as one, more than 1,000 students from rival Christchurch schools and different religions, joining voices to honor the 50 lives lost in a massacre that has deeply wounded the cozy New Zealand city.
Bush said he the threat level in New Zealand remained high and New Zealanders would continue to see high vigilance from the police, to ensure everyone in New Zealand feels safe.
Only firearm owners are licensed, not weapons, so there is no monitoring of how many weapons a person may possess.
Military-style semi-automatic weapons were not part of the records.
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She said Cabinet ministers had met and made an in-principle decision to tighten gun ownership but details still need to be worked out.
"Since the attacks at two mosques in New Zealand, our community members are calling us to get information on the security situation in Germany", Burhan Kesici, chairman of the Islamic Council for the Federal Republic of Germany, said in a statement.
Earlier on Tuesday, Ms Ardern told reporters that she would do everything in her power to deny him a platform for his racist views.
Dozens of graves were being dug in readiness for that release, which Police Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha said he hoped would happen soon. A nationwide lockdown on mosques was imposed until Monday, which Hilaly said had upset Muslims whom he had visited in Auckland.
The burial process, which usually involves washing with three kinds of water, salving wounds and scrubbing skin, would be complicated, volunteers in Christchurch said.
When news broke that New Zealand would take meaningful action towards further gun control, many people on social media contrasted that approach to the "thoughts and prayers" some American politicians often rely on to convey their seriousness about gun violence in lieu of policy, the Washington Post notes. A bomb hoax that closed Dunedin Airport on Sunday night and caused some flights to be diverted was under investigation, police said.
"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.