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New Zealand PM Ardern says new gun laws will make country safer after mosque attack

Updated : March 18, 2019 11:15 AM IST

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she would announce new gun laws within days, after 50 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday. Tarrant was remanded without a plea and is due back in court on April 5 where police said he was likely to face more charges. "Within 10 days of this horrific act of terrorism we will have announced reforms which will, I believe, make our community safer," Ardern said at news conference after her cabinet reached in principle decisions on gun reform laws in the wake of New Zealand's worst ever mass shooting. In addition to the 50 killed, dozens were wounded at two mosques in the South Island city during Friday prayers. The owner of a New Zealand gun store the man charged with murder in the mosque shootings had bought firearms and ammunition online from the store, but it did not sell him the high-powered weapon used in the massacre. Gun City owner David Tipple said the alleged gunman bought four weapons and ammunition between December 2017 and March 2018.

A police officer (C) stands guard outside the Linwood Mosque, in Christchurch, New Zealand March 18, 2019. (Reuters)
A police officer (C) stands guard outside the Linwood Mosque, in Christchurch, New Zealand March 18, 2019. (Reuters)
Police guard the site of Friday's shooting undergoing investigation, outside the Linwood Mosque, in Christchurch, New Zealand March 18, 2019. (Reuters)
Police guard the site of Friday's shooting undergoing investigation, outside the Linwood Mosque, in Christchurch, New Zealand March 18, 2019. (Reuters)
High school students embrace as they give hugs to Muslims waiting for news of their relatives at a community centre, following Friday's shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand March 18, 2019. (Reuters)
High school students embrace as they give hugs to Muslims waiting for news of their relatives at a community centre, following Friday's shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand March 18, 2019. (Reuters)
Members of Muslim religious groups say prayers at the site of the shooting outside Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand March 18, 2019. (Reuters)
Members of Muslim religious groups say prayers at the site of the shooting outside Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand March 18, 2019. (Reuters)
People gather at the site of Friday's shooting, outside the Linwood Mosque, in Christchurch, New Zealand March 18, 2019. (Reuters)
People gather at the site of Friday's shooting, outside the Linwood Mosque, in Christchurch, New Zealand March 18, 2019. (Reuters)
Investigators at the site of Friday's shooting outside the Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand March 18, 2019. (Reuters)
Investigators at the site of Friday's shooting outside the Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand March 18, 2019. (Reuters)
People gather to pay respects after Friday's shooting, outside the Masjid Al Noor in Christchurch, New Zealand March 18, 2019. (Reuters)
People gather to pay respects after Friday's shooting, outside the Masjid Al Noor in Christchurch, New Zealand March 18, 2019. (Reuters)
Women hold candles at a commemoration outside St George's Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa, for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks in New Zealand, March 17, 2019. (Reuters)
Women hold candles at a commemoration outside St George's Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa, for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks in New Zealand, March 17, 2019. (Reuters)
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets representatives of the Muslim community at Canterbury refugee centre in Christchurch, New Zealand March 16, 2019. (Reuters)
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets representatives of the Muslim community at Canterbury refugee centre in Christchurch, New Zealand March 16, 2019. (Reuters)
A police officer stands outside the Linwood Mosque, in Christchurch, New Zealand March 18, 2019. (Reuters)
A police officer stands outside the Linwood Mosque, in Christchurch, New Zealand March 18, 2019. (Reuters)
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