Breaking down New Zealand's gun laws in wake of deadly mosque shooting

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One man was arrested and charged with murder, and two other armed suspects were taken into custody while police tried to determine what role, if any, they played in the cold-blooded attack that stunned New Zealand, a country so peaceful that police officers rarely carry guns.

New Zealand's prime minister vowed to toughen the country's gun laws after revealing Saturday that the man accused of murdering 49 people in two mosques legally purchased the arsenal of firearms used in the massacre. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called the shooting an "unprecendented attack of violence".

"They were not a resident of Christchurch".

Historical ties with those two countries, as well as a general reaction to those events internationally impacted New Zealand's view on their own national laws.

Law enforcement officials in other cities across the country, including NY and Los Angeles, have also said they are increasing security forces at mosques in response to the shooting.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at least three Turkish citizens were wounded in the attacks in New Zealand and that he has spoken to one of them.

National Deputy Director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs Dr Bryce Wakefield said New Zealand's gun laws "were known for being particularly lax".

The gunman livestreamed the attack on Facebook and posted a manifesto that was filled with anti-immigrant, white supremacist and Islamophobic rhetoric.

One man who said he was at the Al Noor mosque told media the gunman burst into the mosque as worshippers were kneeling for prayers.

All mosques in New Zealand had been asked to shut their doors, police said.

The Bangladesh cricket team was in Christchurch for a test match when the attack took place.

Christchurch, a relatively small city on New Zealand's south island, hit global headlines in 2011 when it was struck by a deadly quake, killing more than 180 people.

A witness described the sound of gunfire breaking out just as the prayer leader began his sermon at a mosque.

"About 40 years ago we had an attack in a rural community in Aramoana but that was not, as this was, politically motivated and far fewer people died then". "There is never a justification for that sort of hatred", said Amy Adams, a member of parliament from Christchurch.

A new disturbing photo captures the moment a blood-soaked survivor of Friday morning's New Zealand mosque shooting walked away from the horrific scene.

"Today we stand with the people of Christchurch, New Zealand".

The attack shocked the local Muslim population, many of whom had come to New Zealand as refugees.

Christchurch was the home of these victims.

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