Accused mosque gunman 'rational', will represent himself: ex-lawyer

Jacinda Ardern Confirms Gun Law Reform Is On Its Way In New Zealand

Accused mosque gunman 'rational', will represent himself: ex-lawyer

A grandmother of the Australian man suspected of killing 50 people in two New Zealand mosques said she was "just devastated" for the dead and injured. The other unidentified suspect was charged with a firearms offense.

A New Zealand standard A-category firearm license is issued after a police and background check.

Speaking at a press conference, Ardern said the attack "has exposed a range of weaknesses in New Zealand's gun laws".

"We stand in support of our fellow New Zealanders and have made the decision to remove Sky News Australia from our platform until we are confident that the distressing footage from yesterday's events will not be shared", the provider said in a since-deleted weekend tweet.

The 28-year-old was not on any watchlist in Australia or New Zealand, despite online profiles linked to him containing white supremacist material.

Sputnik: In your view was the tragedy caused by easy access to guns or should we blame the spread of extremist ideology?

Rebecca Peters: Obviously the motive was the spread of extremist ideology, but it's the availability of assault weapons, weapons that are created to kill a lot of people on a battle field in a war; it's those weapons that allow so many people to be killed or injured in such a short period of time.

"I don't see this as a place where you need guns to live to feel safe", Sharma said.

In the meantime, she encouraged individuals to surrender weapons similar to the ones used in the attacks to the authorities.

New Zealand's Prime Minister has stated the country's gun laws will change following last week's attacks in Christchurch.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called for changes to the nation's gun laws.

The shock of the attacks has led to calls for an immediate tightening of laws to restrict access to some firearms, particularly semi-automatic weapons.

Pakistan will observe a day of mourning Monday for victims of the New Zealand mosque attacks and honor a man who died after trying to tackle the gunman.

"We would like to remind people that it is an offence to distribute or possess an objectionable publication [under the Films Videos and Publications Classifications Act 1993], which carries a penalty of imprisonment", police said in a statement.

Mr Tipple said he would not answer questions that related to a debate on gun control as it was not the appropriate time. New Zealand has fewer restrictions on rifles or shotguns than many countries, while handguns are more tightly controlled.

"You may have chosen us - we utterly reject and condemn you".

The interview was conducted Sunday in the Australian city of Grafton in New South Wales state.

Taking to Twitter many others have backed the announcement.

A spokesman said there was "nothing in the content or timing that would have been able to prevent the attack".

"This country needs to be better at recording hate crime. you can't beat what you can't measure", he told reporters in Perth. That is a ratio of around one gun to every four people. America is a totally different situation.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said the body of the 50th victim was found at the Al Noor mosque, where more than 40 people died after a gunman entered and shot randomly at people with a semi-automatic rifle with high-capacity magazines, before traveling to a second mosque. Coroners said they hoped to let grieving relatives fulfill Islamic burial customs soon, but insisted they had to move carefully through their investigation into the horrific multiple murder.

"Ms Ardern's performance has been extraordinary - and I believe she will be strongly lauded for it both domestically and internationally", political commentator Bryce Edwards of Victoria University in Wellington. said.

Roberts, the gun owner, doubted banning certain types of weapons would be effective.

"It's a massacre, what else do they need to know?" said school principal Sheikh Amjad Ali, expressing frustration over the wait for loved ones' remains.

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