New Zealand Attacker Purchased All Firearms Legally

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The office of New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern said on Saturday that it received a copy of a 74-page "manifesto" from the 28-year-old gunman Brenton Harrison Tarrant, less than 10 minutes before the assault began at the mosques on Friday.

Tarrant, handcuffed and wearing a white prison suit, stood silently in the Christchurch District Court where he was remanded without a plea.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush on Sunday told reporters four other people arrested during Friday's police operation attack have either been released or charged with "tangential" offences.

Kardashian tweeted Saturday, "Just 24 hours after the Christchurch shooting New Zealand bans semiautomatic guns!"

A video of one of the shootings was live streamed on Facebook by a man identifying himself as Brenton Tarrant.

Two other people were in custody and police said they were working to understand their involvement.

Residents pay their respects by placing flowers for the victims of the mosques attacks in Christchurch.

Police say they will continue guarding mosques around the country until further notice.

Police were able to neutralize two devices: an improvised explosive device at one of the mosques and another device found in the suspect's vehicle, which was also rendered safe.

Meanwhile, people across New Zealand are reaching out to Muslims in their communities and around the country the day after mass shootings.

Families of victims described a long first night of waiting for information at Christchurch Hospital and Hagley College, where a community center has been set up.

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Muslims account for just over one percent of New Zealand's population, while there are about 200,000 Indians or people of Indian origin in the Pacific island nation.

"A category-A firearm holder can purchase the firearms without the magazines or the things that will enable them to be in the state that they were", Bush said.

"I still don't know where he is", she said.

While the main court proceedings will take place in New Zealand, there will be an investigation into Tarrant's background in Australia, according to Prime Minister Morrison.

None of those arrested had a criminal history or were on watchlists in New Zealand or Australia.

Ardern said Tarrant was a licensed gun owner who bought the five guns used in the crimes legally.

There are an estimated 1.5 million firearms in New Zealand, which has a population of only 5 million, but the country has had low levels of gun violence.

She did not offer too much detail, but said a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be looked at.

The judge briefed the media before the hearing, saying videos and photographs were only released by approved New Zealand media outlets including TVNZ and RNZ.

In contrast, President Donald Trump has repeatedly told mourning Americans in the wake of shootings that stricter gun control would make the country more risky, not less.

A host of world leaders, including US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May, expressed sorrow and disgust at the attacks.

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