The Australian man, accused of shooting 50 dead on two mosques in New Zealand, does not appear to be mentally unstable and plans to defend himself, his Monday lawyer said Monday.
The announcement raises concerns that white supremacist Brenton Tarrant could defend his extreme views in court if he defends himself.
Tarrant was charged with murder and appeared on Saturday after rioting on Friday in Christchurch. More charges will be brought against him if he returns to court on April 5.
Attending lawyer Richard Peters, representing him during the preliminary trial, said the 28-year-old said he did not want a lawyer. 1
At his first court date, Tarrant did not speak, but seemed uninteresting, grinned at the journalists and looked upside-down for "okay." Sign – a symbol associated with white power groups around the world.
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Peters told the newspaper "New Zealand Herald" that Tarrant, apart from the extreme views, He appeared lucid and mentally healthy.
"The way he presented was reasonable and someone who had no mental disability, so he appeared, he seemed to understand what was going on," he said.
Sale of Guns
Attracting New Zealand's gun laws was high on the agenda of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern when she met her cabinet on Monday for the first time since the massacre.
"What the public is right to ask right now is why and how you are currently able to buy semi-automatic military-style weapons in New Zealand, and that's the right question," Ardern told TVNZ.
"There are ways to introduce affective regulation of firearms that really need to target us, and that is our focus."
Ader later told a press conference that the Cabinet was nanimous in plans to amend the gun laws but these details would be announced at a later date.
Massacres of New Zealand Mosques Trigger a Weapons Debate
New Zealand's country of just 5 million people has an estimated 1.5 million firearms. The minimum age for a weapons license is 16 and for possession of a semi-automatic weapon 18 years.
A gun shop in Christchurch has confirmed the sale of weapons online to the 28-year-old White Supremacist on Monday.
At a press conference David Tipple, the owner of Gun City, said the store sold four weapons and ammunition to Tarrant through a police-verified online mail-order business.
The store "did not recognize anything out of the ordinary" about the buyer, he said. None of the guns sold to Tarrant were semi-automatic military-style weapons.
Tipple said he feels no responsibility for the tragedy and refuses to say whether he believes the amendment to the gun laws in New Zealand.
Ardern said that the attacker used five weapons, two of them semi-automatic, acquired and modified with a standard weapons license.
It was not clear whether guns purchased by Gun City were used by Tarrant's mass shootings on Friday.
"This man wrote in his manifesto that the purpose of using a firearm is to share us," said Tipple. "If we allow him to change our ideology and our behavior, he has won."
Tipple said his company had been working legally for 40 years, and that New Zealand was a land of laws and "not a land of emotional responses."
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