As of 2015, there were an estimated 1.1 million guns in the country, including those used for hunting. The figure translates to one gun for every four people.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says Brenton Tarrant who is charged with murder started buying guns the month after he received a license in November 2017.
He was carrying 5 guns, including semi-automatic weapons and shot guns at the time of the mass shooting.
Rashid, a resident of Jinnahabad in Abbottabad and a professor in New Zealand, was present at the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch when a terrorist opened fire at the worshippers. He sacrificed his life trying to stop the shooter.
His son, 22-year-old Talha Naeem, a civil engineering graduate, was among those who lost their lives in the shooting.
Rashid, who was injured in his bid to overpower the attacker, passed away on Saturday after succumbing to his injuries.
A total of nine Pakistanis were martyred in Friday’s attack.