Trudeau bans assault-style weapons after Canada’s deadliest mass shooting
Nearly two weeks after the nation’s deadliest mass shooting, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday announced a ban not only on the sale of assault weapons but also on possession, with owners having to give up their rights. assault weapons within two years.
Trudeau told a press conference that Canadians will not be able to “buy, sell, transport, import or use military grade assault weapons.”
Law-abiding gun owners will benefit from a two-year amnesty period during which gun owners will receive “fair compensation” for their firearms when they are sold and exported outside Canada. country, but the details of the buyback program have yet to be clarified and will likely need parliamentary approval.
The ban comes nearly two weeks after a gunman in rural Nova Scotia carried out a 12-hour rampage that killed 22 people.
The rule applies to the AR-15 as well as to the two weapons used by the shooter, the Associated press reported, although the shooter did not have a firearms license for the several semi-automatic handguns and two semi-automatic rifles he used in the rampage.
Trudeau and his Liberal Party were preparing to introduce gun control measures before the shooting in Nova Scotia, but the measure was suspended in mid-March following the coronavirus.
Canada’s ban is similar to New Zealand’s ban on military-style weapons adopted after the Christchurch shooting in 2019.
“These weapons were designed with one goal and one goal: to kill as many people as possible in the shortest possible time. There is no use or place for such weapons in Canada, ”Trudeau said in a briefing where he announced the decision.
Canada’s Conservative Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer has spoken out against the ban, noting that the Nova Scotian shooter used illegally obtained firearms, which the ban does not address. “Trudeau is using the current pandemic and the horrific attack in Nova Scotia to advance his ideological agenda and make major changes to gun policy,” he said in a declaration.
Canada’s gun laws have been tightened following mass shootings previously. In 1989, a student killed 14 people in a rampage at an engineering school in Montreal, which led the country to set up twenty-eight day waiting periods, compulsory training courses in security, an increase in background checks and bans on high capacity magazines. Gun fatality rate in Canada is much lower than in the United States, according to the University of Washington researchers, The gun fatality rate in Canada was 2.1 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2016 compared to 10.6 per 100,000 in the United States
5. This is how Canada ranks among gun owners in the world, only behind the United States, Yemen, Montenegro and Serbia, according to the 2018 Small arms investigation.