New Zealand gunman 'rational,' will represent himself: ex-lawyer

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Tightening New Zealand's gun laws is at the top of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's agenda as she meets with her cabinet on Monday for the first time since the mass shooting in Christchurch that killed dozens of Muslim worshippers.

Turning now to the New Zealand terror attacks, the Prime Minister there says new gun laws will be announced within days.

Ardern said an inquiry will be held into what intelligence, police, customs and immigration knew or should have known about Tarrant and the events leading up to the massacre, to see whether the terrorist attack could have been prevented.

New Zealand First has not supported previous gun reform attempts, but its leader, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, said Monday, "Our world changed forever and so will some of our laws", the Guardian reports.

Mr Tipple said: "We detected nothing extraordinary about this license holder".

"We believe absolutely there was only one attacker responsible for this", Bush said at a news conference.

The gunman used a semi-automatic AR-15 during the mosque shootings, police said.

"Gun City did not sell him an MSSA, only A-category firearms". The organization said on its website that it is working with victims referred to them and making contact with appropriate groups in the Islamic community to begin using the funds.

A New Zealand gun shop owner said the store had sold Tarrant four weapons and ammunition online between December 2017 and March 2018, but not the high-powered weapon used in the massacre.

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A bill already before Senate would, among other things, expand the scope of background checks on those who want to acquire guns here.

And she announced a full review of how the Australian - an avowed white supremacist - was able to plan and carry out the attacks in New Zealand under the radar of security services.

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. A bomb hoax that closed Dunedin Airport on Sunday night and caused some flights to be diverted was under investigation, police said.

"We did as much as we could to remove, or seek to have removed, some of the footage that was being circulated in the aftermath of this terrorist attack", Ardern said. "He seemed to understand what was going on", Peters said.

"There are many questions that need to be answered and the assurance that I give you is that they will be", she said.

On Monday, the family was still waiting for the release of Hussein's body.

Hati Mohemmed Daoud Nabi, 71, opened the door to the Al-Noor mosque.

"We stand with the Muslim community".

"We've had a lot of contact from Kiwis over the weekend about this issue, and many felt that we should stop the sale of these items in the wake of this attack", said TradeMe CEO Jon Macdonald.

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