Police said they have arrested three men and a woman, and while they don't think there are any armed offenders still at large, they can't be sure the danger has passed or the incident is confined to Christchurch.
That number has grown consistently throughout the years, with New Zealand reporting only 1.3 million such firms in 2016, 1.2 million in 2009 and less than a million in 2005.
The man facing murder charges was an Australian citizen who had spent a lot of time traveling overseas and spent time only sporadically in New Zealand, Ardern said.
Authorities said they were unable to confirm fatalities, but the scale of the bloodshed appeared to be vast. "My message was sympathy and love for all Muslim communities".
In the manifesto, which Express.co.uk has chosen not to quote, the suspect said his views on Islam changed after the Stockholm terror attack in April 2017, where a young girl was among the victims.
On Twitter, Ranstorp noted that the New Zealand shooter claimed he would leave prison after 27 years and likened himself to late South African President Nelson Mandela, saying he would get the Nobel Peace Prize.
Video footage widely circulated on social media, apparently taken by the gunman, showed him driving to one mosque entering it and shooting at people at random.
Forty-one people were killed at the Al Noor mosque, seven at a mosque in the Linwood neighborhood and one died in hospital, police said. Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, released the following statement after the massacre: "What has happened in Christchurch is an extraordinary act of unprecedented violence". Born in Australia in a working class, low income family.
"To move forward as a world, we need to recognize diversity as a source of strength, and not a threat", Trudeau said.
The statement does not mention Scheer by name but he is the only Canadian political leader whose public response to the attacks did not mention either Muslims or mosques.
"We urge tolerance, inclusion and respect for all people", he said in a statement. "We stand with Muslim communities in New Zealand, Alberta and across the globe".
The prime minister said early on Saturday that she had received "messages of condolence from around the world" and global leaders including Donald Trump, the U.S. president, who has been criticised for his hostility towards Muslims.