Published: Tue, March 19, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Christchurch shootings: NZ government backs changes to gun laws

Christchurch shootings: NZ government backs changes to gun laws

They went on to say that the attacks in New Zealand were "inspired by Islamophobic media reports, hundreds and thousands of column inches of hatred printed in the press, many Muslim-hating politicians and unchecked social-media bigotry". "Some schools have little amusing rivalries, but in times like this we all just come together and that's all forgotten".

"I absolutely agree with her and I believe many New Zealanders will be aghast that in our country someone can amass a cache of weapons like that discovered in this Christchurch tragedy".

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

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

A judge ordered Tarrant to return to New Zealand's High Court on April 5 for his next hearing on one count of murder, though he is expected to face additional charges.

The statement says: "The primary aim of the activity is to formally obtain material that may assist New Zealand Police in their ongoing investigation".

The New Zealand arms dealer who sold weapons to the suspected mosque attacker said on Monday, March 18, he felt no responsibility for the deaths of 50 worshippers who were gunned down. 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".

Police said they did not have data available on the number of weapons handed in since Friday. "We detected nothing extraordinary about this licence holder", he told reporters.

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"The MSSA, military-style automatic, reportedly used by the alleged gunman was not purchased from Gun City".

The Prime Minister said an inquiry will look into the circumstances leading up to Friday's attack.

His store has been criticized for leaving out a roadside advertising billboard that shows a parent helping children with rifle target practice in the wake of the shootings.

"The process has been highly emotional and stressful for in accordance with Islamic faith the families have wanted the bodies to be returned as soon as possible", he said.

Members of the Muslim community and police were at a cemetery that has been fenced off and obscured with white netting. He credited radical right-winger Candace Owens for radicalizing him in a 74-page manifesto that he posted online. Backhoes had stopped digging and police officers said they were setting up a media area inside the cemetery.

From December 1998 to December 2018, there were a total of 15 murders committed by someone who had a firearms license, according to police.

As it now stands in the South Pacific nation of 4.8 million people, in order to obtain a firearm license a person must pass a test to ensure he is considered a "fit and proper person".

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