New Zealand will ban military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles under tough new gun laws following the killing of 50 people in its worst mass shooting, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday.
In addition to the immediate stop on sales of weapons to avoid stockpiling, the government will use a buyback program to remove now-banned weapons from the streets.
Live-streamed video of a gunman in one of the mosques showed a semi-automatic weapon modified with a large magazine.
Ms Ardern also said arrangements for a memorial service, likely to be held next week, were still being made.
New Zealand, a country of less than 5 million people, has an estimated 1.2-1.5 million firearms, around 13,500 of them MSSA type weapons. It also applies to accessories used to convert guns into what the government called "military-style" weapons.
She said she looked across the cemetery to see that so many more funerals would need to be held in the coming days.
"Jacindamania" - a term coined shortly after she became head of the New Zealand Labour party in 2017 - has reached new heights, with New Zealand's prime minister winning worldwide praise for her handling of the national tragedy. Among those buried were 14-year-old Sayyad Ahmad Milne, a Cashmere High School student known as an outgoing boy and the school's futsal goalkeeper; and Tariq Rashid Omar, 24, a recent graduate of the school and beloved soccer coach of several youth teams.
The announcement follows the terror attack on two mosques in the southern city of Christchurch on March 15 that left at least 50 persons dead and another 50 injured, reports Efe news.
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The premier also expressed his admiration for the humane handling of the situation by the New Zealand authorities.
Meanwhile, preparations are underway for a massive Friday prayer service to be led by the imam of one of the two New Zealand mosques where worshippers were killed.
"I'm just imagining what would be happening last Friday", she said.
"Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees here", Ardern said.
Fouda said he expects the mosque to be open again by next week and that some skilled workers had offered their services for free. "They should have been in a safe environment", she said.
Police said they would continue to maintain a presence at both mosques when they reopen "for the public's reassurance and safety".
Workers at the Al Noor mosque have been working feverishly to fix the destruction, Fouda said.
Tarrant appeared in court Saturday on the first of what were expected to be multiple murder and other charges. He said members of the Linwood mosque, where the gunman killed seven people, also would attend the joint prayer.