Twelve days following the deadliest mass shooting in modern Canadian history, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the country would be placing a ban on all assault-style rifles.

The legislation was passed without Parliament’s approval and halts the manufacturing and purchasing of 1,500 makes/models of “military-style” assault weapons. Trudeau’s government considers military-style weapons to be “semi-automatic firearms with a large magazine of ammunition that were designed and configured for rapid fire.” The Prime Minister also noted that his cabinet, in conjunction with Parliament, would be proposing a buyback plan for current owners of military-style weapons. This move comes on the heels of the Nova Scotia shooting that left at least 22 people dead. The rampage was carried out by the use of two semiautomatic rifles and the shooter was found with two additional semiautomatic handguns on his person.


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Nine days after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed to ban assault-style weapons in the wake of the worst mass shooting in modern Canadian history, which left at least 22 people dead, he made good on that promise. “These weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time. There is no use and no place for such weapons in Canada,” Trudeau said Friday. Trudeau was able to institute the ban of 1,500 makes and models of “military-style” weapons without Parliament’s approval. Under the order, owners of current assault-style weapons will receive a two-year amnesty period, after which they could face criminal penalties. (📹: @justinpjtrudeau)

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