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The gunman, 28-year-old Australian-born Brenton Tarrant, was indicted by a district court for murder on Saturday.

Tarrant, described by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison as an "extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist", will re-appear in court on April 5.

Other gun owners argued for their rights to be unfettered, but agreed there was no need for military-style semi-automatic weapons in New Zealand.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said there would be a strong police presence with 200 extra police staff on duty and that New Zealander's should return to their routines.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Andrew said: "I woke up on Friday morning and I heard the awful news about the killings in the mosque in Christchurch in New Zealand".

Referencing US gun laws, another said: " New Zealand Attorney General David Parker confirms at vigil that NZ government will ban semi-automatic guns".

So far 50 people have been confirmed dead after the gunman allegedly stormed into two mosques in Christchurch.

"All Gun City sales to this individual followed a police-verified online mail-order process".

"We detected nothing extraordinary about this licence holder", Tipple told a press conference in Christchurch.

New Zealand has in the past tried to tighten firearm laws, but a strong gun lobby and culture of hunting has stymied such efforts.

The gunman is believed to have carried five weapons, legally bought with a licence, and then later illegally modified. "Once you obtain a license you can purchase a lot of firearms and there is no record of how many firearms you actually own".

The Gun City store on the outskirts of Christchurch
The Gun City store on the outskirts of Christchurch

"Until today I was one of the New Zealanders who owned a semi-automatic rifle".

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that gun law reforms will be announced within 10 days following the Christchurch shootings that killed 50 people. We're a club, we do our things but, nah, that's just wrong in every way possible, ' one said.

"I haven't spoken to her directly but she has reached out, [and given] an acknowledgment of what has occurred here in New Zealand".

On Monday Ms. Ardern - who spent Sunday morning with the Muslim community of Wellington - will gather her Cabinet to discuss changing the country's gun laws.

The retail owner said he did not feel responsible for the shootings.

Meanwhile, TradeMe, one of New Zealand's biggest internet auction websites, said in a statement that it will pull all semi-automatic weapons from its platform, following their use in the attacks.

YouTube is encouraging users to flag any videos showing this clip and said it's been removing thousands of videos related to the shooting in the last 24 hours.

"It did not include a location, it did not include specific details", she said, adding that it was sent to security services within two minutes of receipt. That meant there were different views as to whether they would be washed or not because he said Islamic jurisprudence said martyrs are not to be washed as their blood was witness to their martyrdom.

Once identification is complete the names will be made public, Bush said.

"But that arrest was tangential to this matter and we do not believe that he was involved in this attack either", he said.

  • Jon Douglas