"He wants to be self-represented in this case", Peters said.
The semi-automatic AR-15 is a US-made assault weapon.
The students' vigil was a striking and healing counterpoint to Monday's developments in the mass shooting. That rate is much lower than the rate in the US, where some estimate there are more guns than people.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, in her first speech to her nation's Parliament after last week's terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, said the gunman should be denied the publicity he was seeking.
Speaking to media following the cabinet meeting, Ardern said that her coalition was "unified" in bringing about gun law reform and that further details on their decisions would be released before cabinet meets again next week. "There is no valid reason to own fully or semi automatic weapons in New Zealand".
Referring to the man arrested after the shootings at two mosques, Tipple said, "We detected nothing extraordinary about this (gun) license holder".
"The enquiry into the Christchurch terror attacks has the largest number of detectives and specialists we have ever deployed on an investigation", tweeted the New Zealand police.
"Wa alaikum salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh" she said -'May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be with you too'.
"The way he presented was rational and someone who was not suffering any mental disability".
Peters said the trial judge must decide how much racist rhetoric will be allowed.
Chicago Muslim groups step up security after New Zealand mosque attacks
People caught up in the mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand have spoken of their terror as the massacre unfolded. Though he claimed not to be a Nazi, in the video he livestreamed of the shooting the number 14 is seen on his rifle.
Tipple said he was disgusted by the killings but felt no responsibility for the tragedy and refused to say whether he believed gun ownership laws should change in New Zealand, insisting that a debate over guns should be held at another time.
"There's a lot of debate on whether he should be charged under terrorism legislation or whether he should be charged under the Crimes Act for the simple act of murder - in many ways it's academic debate", he said.
Mustafa Farooq, president of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand, told reporters he had faith in the system.
Muslim leaders conveyed messages of love, compassion and appreciation for the community support they had received.
Arden said she had received "some communication" from Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg on the issue.
Many came together for a haka - a traditional Maori ceremonial dance that has been performed by groups across New Zealand in the wake of killings.
The Australian has been charged with murder over the worst modern-day massacre in New Zealand in which 50 people were killed at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.
At a news conference, "Gun City" owner David Tipple said the store sold four guns and ammunition to suspect Brenton Harrison Tarrant through a "police-verified online mail order process". "We don´t need these in our country".
"He may have sought notoriety, but we in New Zealand will give him nothing, not even his name", she said.
There have also been calls for a gun register, which isn't required in New Zealand for most firearms, according to the BBC.
Representatives of the Muslim community and workers prepare graves for victims in Christchurch early on March 18, 2019, three days after a shooting incident that killed at least fifty people in mosques in the city. A government-funded gun buyback and a virtual ban on owning semi-automatic rifles cut private gun ownership by nearly a third.