Christchurch gun shop sold rifles online to accused shooter

Christchurch gun shop sold rifles online to accused shooter

The Australian white supremacist charged in the massacre wasn't detected before his well-planned attack on two mosques, and there have been concerns that intelligence agencies were overly focused on the Muslim community in detecting and preventing security risks.

Videos and photos show the students lighting candles and singing in remembrance of those who lost their lives, with some of them coming together to perform a traditional Maori Haka dance.

New Zealand-based Victim Support, which offers emotional and practical aid to victims of grief and trauma, has launched a Givealittle page to raise money for families affected by the shooting.

In addition to the 50 killed, dozens were wounded at two mosques in the South Island city during Friday prayers.

Ardern said her cabinet is "completely unified" in changing the country's gun laws, even though they were only able to reach "in principle" agreements Monday, reported The Guardian.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has urged citizens to hand in weapons before new gun laws are introduced.

David Tipple, the owner of Christchurch's Gun City, yesterday confirmed that Tarrant had bought weapons and ammunition from the gun store's online shop.

Despite having tightened the rules in the 1990s after the last mass shooting, New Zealand has relatively permissive gun laws, with almost all of those who apply granted gun licences.

"There's a lot of debate on whether he should be charged under terrorism legislation or whether he should be charged under the Crimes Act for the simple act of murder - in many ways it's academic debate", he said.

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Facebook earlier said it had taken down 1.5 million copies of footage of the shooting that had been live-streamed by Tarrant in the 24 hours after.

"It definitely makes you feel like New Zealand really does come together in a time of darkness and we can really just be who we are", she said.

Australia is now assessing risk posed by right-wing extremism and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will on Monday chair a meeting of the national security committee, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Mustafa Farooq, president of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand, told reporters he had faith in the system.

"This rise in hatred.by people who call themselves right-wing, whether smaller groups or through reckless politicians, should not be allowed to continue".

Bulgarian Interior Minister Mladen Marinov said Monday that Tarrant had visited the country for tourism, and that authorities probing his trip from November 9-15 a year ago had found no suspicious activities. Some changed their profiles to include the gunman's name or image and others used gifs of the attack in their bios.

Brenton Tarrant, 28, was one of three men arrested by police in the devastating attack.

Ardern has said authorities hope to release all the bodies by Wednesday and police said authorities are working with pathologists and coroners to complete the task as soon as they can.

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