New Zealand cabinet agrees on tougher gun laws in principle: PM

New Zealand PM Says Cabinet Has Agreed to Gun Law Reform

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"It has exposed a range of weaknesses in New Zealand's gun laws".

Richard Peters, who represented the terrorist during the hearing, told AFP the 28-year-old "wants to be self-represented in this case". Officials say Brenton Tarrant's family has been cooperative with the investigation. That's how he appeared.

Tarrant did not provide a specific reason for dismissing Peters, but certainly "thinks the job would be done better himself", Peters said.

Also Monday, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said Tarrant acted alone but may have had support.

"Brothers and sisters, this is New Zealand at its absolute finest", Bahaeldin said of the students' tribute to the victims. Cabinet ministers had made an in-principle decision to tighten gun ownership but details still need to be worked out.

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She also confirmed that the shooting was a "terrorist attack ". "From what we know, it does appear to have been well planned". Police officers found weapons and improvised explosive devices in the cars of the people arrested.

She closed her address by noting that "on Friday, it will be a week since the attack, members of the Muslim community will gather for worship on that day".

"Gun City has operated for 40 years and at all times we have met our legal obligations", Managing Director of Gun City David Tipple said.

He said a judge could order a lawyer to assist Tarrant at a trial, but that Tarrant would likely be unsuccessful in trying to use it as a platform to put forward any extremist views.

The inquiry will investigate what agencies knew - or should have known - about the gunman's access to weapons or any impediments into the sharing of information, she said.

The dead from Friday's attack span generations, aged between three and 77, according to a list circulated among relatives.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has urged the public to not speak the name of the Christchurch terror attack gunman, asking that the focus remains on those who lost their lives rather than a man who sought notoriety for his actions.

"The politics of this issue are changing in this country", Ambler said, noting that the shift in the USA has happened incrementally "over the past six years", as opposed to after a single incident, like in New Zealand.

"As a community, we would like that person to go through the process, the due process, and to be given all his rights", he said.

"Rightly. people are asking the question 'why is it that someone with a firearms licence in New Zealand can obtain a military-style semi-automatic weapon?'" Ardern told Radio NZ. The store "detected nothing extraordinary", about the buyer, he said. Islamic tradition calls for bodies to be cleansed and buried as soon as possible.

Mo, a volunteer who had flown in from Brisbane to wash the bodies, said the people who died in the mosques were classified as martyrs. After completing these steps, the country will provide a license to carry and purchase a firearm, but The New York Times reports that it can take "weeks or months" for the approval process to be completed.

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