A Christchurch gun shop on Monday acknowledged selling guns online to the 28-year-old white supremacist who killed 50 people in terrorist attacks on two mosques that have upended New Zealand's reputation as among the world's most tolerant and safe countries. Peters, whose New Zealand First party has previously opposed changes, said he backed the prime minister fully.
Gun City owner David Tipple said the alleged gunman bought four weapons and ammunition between December 2017 and March 2018.
The gunman used a semi-automatic AR-15 during the mosque shootings, police said.
In a news conference in Christchurch Mr Tipple recounted what firearms were sold to the shooter.
Representatives of the Muslim community and workers prepare graves for victims in Christchurch early on March 18, 2019, three days after a shooting incident that killed at least fifty people in mosques in the city.
Despite having tightened the rules in the 1990s after the last mass shooting, New Zealand has relatively permissive gun laws, with almost all of those who apply granted gun licences.
"We detected nothing extraordinary about the licence holder".
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"The enquiry into the Christchurch terror attacks has the largest number of detectives and specialists we have ever deployed on an investigation", tweeted the New Zealand police. Tens of thousands of weapons were handed in as laws were enacted to make it much tougher to own firearms.
Ardern has also promised reforms to New Zealand gun laws which allowed Tarrant to legally purchase the weapons he used in the attack, including semi-automatic rifles.
"Since the attacks at two mosques in New Zealand, our community members are calling us to get information on the security situation in Germany", Burhan Kesici, chairman of the Islamic Council for the Federal Republic of Germany, said in a statement.
"In fact, I've seen reports that people are already doing this", Ardern told reporters. "Some schools have little amusing rivalries, but in times like this we all just come together and that's all forgotten".
Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha said the first body was approved for release on Sunday night, but the family was yet to take the body because another relative was also killed and they wanted to collect them together. He said there would be no burials today.
"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. He asked to be identified by just one name.
"We can not simply sit back and accept that these platforms just exist and that what is said on them is not the responsibility of the place where they are published".
New Zealand's global spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau, confirmed in a statement that it had not received any relevant information or intelligence ahead of the shootings.