Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday announced that assault-style ﬁrearms would be banned in the country.
This occurred following the mass shooting in Nova Scotia, Canada’s deadliest rampage in modern history which ended with 23 dead on April 19. Gunman Gabriel Wortman, 51, had been armed with two semi-automatic riﬂes as well as several semi-automatic pistols. “Canadians need more than thoughts and prayers,” Trudeau said about the order. The effect of the order was immediate. Around 1,500 makes and models of military-grade ﬁrearm weapons are now banned banned from licensed gun owners to sell, transport, import or use in the country. Gun models like the M16, M4, AR-10, and AR-15 riﬂes are on the list.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said: “As of today, the market for assault weapons in Canada is closed. Enough is enough, banning these ﬁrearms will save Canadian lives.” However, people who already own the listed ﬁrearms will have a two years amnesty period to comply with the ban. This is a long time and a compensation will be offered. Legislation had been in the works for months after Trudeau promised during his reelection campaign in late 2019 to beef up gun control, especially for cities hard hit by gang violence.