New Zealand to tighten gun laws

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Students from various schools in Christchurch came together Monday to pay tribute to the victims of the New Zealand mosque attacks by performing a haka.

The owner of the gun store that sold firearms to the suspect in Friday's attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, said he would support authorities' attempts to introduce tighter gun laws to prevent future mass shootings.

In addition, the New Zealand prime minister urged gun owners to hand in their weapons, and advised anyone considering buying a gun to wait for the updated changes.

"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.

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Appearing combative at media conference today, the owner of a gun store which sold the alleged killer ammunition and four firearms between December 2017 and March 2018, told reporters he does not feel in any way responsible for the tragedy.

The Australian charged with murder in the mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques plans to represent himself and appears "rational", his court-appointed lawyer told the Agence France-Presse on Monday, March 18. Tarrant was remanded without a plea and is due back in court on April 5 where police said he was likely to face more charges.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the cabinet had made a decision in principle to reform the country's gun laws to make communities safer.

But Mr Tipple said none of the weapons were the military-style semi-automatic rifles used during Friday's attack, adding he and staff were disgusted by the shooting.

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The development comes as New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed there will be changes to New Zealand's gun laws following the massacre.

Meanwhile, even U.S. politicians are pushing gun control for New Zealand, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez mocking the idea of "thoughts and prayers" and calling for "policy change" instead.

The last time New Zealand carried out serious gun reforms was after a mass shooting at Aramoana near Dunedin in 1990.

Saying there were "further questions to be answered" by the tech giants, Ardern said Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg had been in contact and "acknowledged what has occurred here in New Zealand". It was not clear if any of the firearms Tarrant purchased from Gun City were used in the shootings.

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Earlier Monday, popular New Zealand e-commerce website TradeMe ended the sale of semi-automatic guns on its online marketplace. The weapons seen in a video of the massacre that Tarrant live-streamed had much larger magazines.

"We detected nothing extraordinary about this licence holder".

Delhi said on Sunday that five of its nationals were killed, while Pakistan said nine of its citizens were among the dead, including one man who died trying to rush Tarrant.

Australia is making public grants available to help places of worship bolster security after an Australian white supremacist was accused of a terror attack in New Zealand. He said there would be no burials on Monday.

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He stopped short of calling on more companies to pull ads from Facebook or Google, but said businesses need to seriously consider "if they wish to be associated with social media platforms unable or unwilling to take responsibility for content on those sites".

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