New Zealand shooter is ‘lucid’ and understands charges, lawyer says

New Zealand shooter is ‘lucid’ and understands charges, lawyer says

New Zealand shooter is ‘lucid’ and understands charges, lawyer says

Meanwhile, the owner of Gun City David Tipple has confirmed his store had previously sold four weapons to Tarrant but they were not the ones he used in the killings.

A 28-year-old man, who authorities identified as Brenton Harrison Tarrant, has been charged with murder.

His two targets were the Masjid al Noor mosque, where 41 people died, and a second, smaller mosque in the suburb of Linwood, where seven more died. Tipple said the guns were "A-category" guns, which can be bought with the most basic weapons license.

She told a news conference in Wellington that more details would be made available before cabinet meets again in a week's time. "Gun City did not sell him an MSSA, only A-category firearms", Tipple told a news conference in Christchurch.

Military-style semi-automatic weapons were not part of the records.

"We detected nothing extraordinary about this licence holder".

"On behalf of all New Zealanders, we grieve together. Packed and most of the cheaper ARs sold out", reported one commenter, while another compared the purchases to "the Obama scare" in the US, where the threat of tighter gun laws led people to buy more weapons while legal.

Tarrant's uncle, Terry Fitzgerald, apologised to the families of the dead and injured in New Zealand.

The accused mass murderer who shot 50 people to death in two New Zealand mosques acted alone, but investigators haven't ruled out that he had support from an accomplice, the country's police chief said Monday.

After a cabinet meeting Ms Ardern said, "our gun laws will change" and is expected to give more details by March 25.

"The clear lesson from history around the world is that to make our community safer, the time to act is now", she said.

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.

Police in New Zealand said the video was now classified as an "objectionable publication", making it an offence to distribute or possess the material.

Ardern was joined by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in expressing doubts that current rules go far enough.

Ardern, accompanied by the governor-general, Patsy Reddy, and Parliament Speaker Trevor Mallard, on Monday opened a national condolence book for victims. "We are one. They are us", she wrote.

The company had also said that they were removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter as soon as they became aware.

Tributes continue to pour in for the victims, as some of their families wait for bodies of those killed to be released after post mortems. "What we are doing is legal and the majority of people. are abiding by those laws", he said.

Australian Brenton Tarrant has been charged with murder over the shootings in Christchurch on Friday.

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