UPDATE: New Zealand’s Attorney General David Parker has since clarified his initial comments regarding the banning of automatic weapons in the country saying that the "decision has not yet been finalised" and that he did not intend to go further than PM Jacinda Ardern’s own statements regarding the attacks.

Speaking to Radio New Zealand he said:

“We need to ban some semi-automatics, perhaps all of them. Those decisions have yet to be taken, but the prime minister has signalled that we are going to look at that issue.”

His earlier comments came during a vigil on Saturday where he appeared to tell the crowd that a key part of the New Zealand’s government's response would be to ban semi-automatic weapons.

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