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PM call with PM Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand: 17 March 2019

PM call with PM Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand: 17 March 2019

The Prime Minister's Office says Trudeau told Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern that Canada shares New Zealand's feelings of grief and loss, recalling the 2017 Quebec City mosque shooting.

In addition to the 50 killed, dozens were wounded at two mosques in the South Island city during Friday prayers.

Earlier on Monday, gun retailer Gun City said it had sold weapons to the man charged with murder, but not the high-powered weapon used in the mosque shootings.

David Tipple, right, the Managing Director of Gun City at a press conference in Christchurch, New Zealand. Video of a gunman in one mosque showed a semi-automatic with a large magazine round.

Rebecca Peters: Yes, definitely, because looking back 20 years ago, when Australia changed its gun laws, that was a moment when it was suggested that New Zealand should also change its laws so that we could have uniform laws across the region, but New Zealand said no, and they said they would have an inquiry, a review of their laws instead.

The gunman who attacked two mosques on Friday live-streamed the attacks on Facebook for 17 minutes using an app designed for extreme sports enthusiasts, with copies still being shared on social media hours later.

That could include a ban on semi-automatic weapons of the type used by Tarrant.

As of 2018, 15,000 of New Zealand's 1.5 million firearms were military-style semi-automatic rifles.

Police said they are also considering further murder charges, as well as additional charges under the Terrorism Suppression Act. "But we are so aware of the cultural and religious needs". In New Zealand law, however, it wasn't very clear, so one of the changes that we expect to see is that it should be made very clear in the law that self-defense is not a legitimate goal. Police estimated as of 2016 that there were more than 1.2 million firearms in the hands of civilians in the country.

In a statement Mr Tipple said he provided the police with purchase records as well as full details of the sales.

"Particularly Australian citizens, I don't understand how they can get access to firearms in New Zealand when New Zealand citizens can't get access to firearms in Australia", he added.

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All gun owners must have a licence but most individual weapons do not have to be registered.

Around Christchurch, New Zealand and the world there have been vigils, prayers, memorials and messages of solidarity.

So far 50 people have been confirmed dead after the gunman allegedly stormed into two mosques in Christchurch. He was killed by police.

"Like the rest of the country, Lotto NZ is shocked and saddened by the tragic events that occurred in Christchurch on Friday", Lotto NZ spokeswoman Kirsten Robinson said in emailed comments.

While she said details were being worked through, cabinet has been looking at a ban on semi-automatic assault rifles, tighter licensing rules and the issue of modified weapons.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern signs a national condolence book with Governor-General, Her Excellency The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy.

People across New Zealand were still trying to come to terms with the massacre that Ardern described as "one of New Zealand's darkest days". "But here, I don't think we need them at all".

Frustration was building among the families of victims as bodies will not be released until post mortems are carried out.

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.

Aya Al-Umari, whose older brother Hussien Al-Umari died at the Al Noor mosque, wept as she talked about a kind man, a quintessential big brother who delighted in teasing his little sister.