New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern vows to NEVER name mosque shooter

New gun laws will make New Zealand safer after mosque massacre, says PM Ardern

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern vowed Tuesday never to utter the name of the twin-mosque gunman as she opened a sombre session of parliament with an evocative "as salaam alaikum" message of peace to Muslims.

New Zealand's likely to get tougher guns laws after government ministers agreed "in principle" to make changes.

Ardern also announced an inquiry into the country's intelligence services.

"He didn't appear to me to be facing any challenges or mental impairment, other than holding fairly extreme views", Peters said, adding Tarrant showed no condolences or regret although the "discussion didn't touch on that" topic.

"We detected nothing extraordinary about this license holder", Tipple said, referring to the shooter.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush says Tarrant acted alone but may have had support.

None of the guns sold to Tarrant were military-style, semi-automatic weapons, according to Tipple.

"Gun City did not sell him an MSSA, only A-category firearms".

"'Thoughts and prayers' is reference to the NRA's phrase used to deflect conversation away from policy change during tragedies", she said on Twitter.

His store has been criticized for leaving out a roadside advertising billboard that shows a parent helping children with rifle target practice in the wake of the shootings.

Although details have yet to be hashed out, the speed of New Zealand's move has resonated around the world - particularly in the United States, where reforms have spluttered for decades, and similar debates are re-run after each new mass shooting.

In this photo released by New Zealand Prime Minister's Office, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, center, meets representatives of the Muslim community.

New gun laws will make New Zealand safer after mosque massacre, says PM Ardern

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

A Radio New Zealand report said more than 99 percent of people who applied for a firearms licence in 2017 were successful.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday.

"We've been very conscious of the need to work sensitively with requirement of each family", Sarah Stuart-Black, Director for the Ministry of Civil, Defense & Emergency Management, said at a press conference in Christchurch.

"I think that probably the more attractive point for a prosecutor regarding murder ... would be the relative ease of proof, particularly bearing in mind that murder is familiar and the terrorism offence [is] both novel and complex", Ip said. The main shooting happened at Al Noor Mosque in a suburb west of the city center, where 42 people were killed.

Facebook said it removed 1.5 million videos of the shootings during the first 24 hours after the massacre.

"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.

And on monday, school students from around New Zealand joined the tradition performing their version of ceremonial tribute.

"He seemed quite clear and lucid, whereas this may seem like very irrational behavior", Peters told the newspaper.

Families of the victims are desperately seeking to come to New Zealand for the funerals.

"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.

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