Following the death of 18 individuals in the worst mass shooting in Canada in recent history, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the ban on military-grade “assault-style” weapons, effective immediately.
The ban will apply to some 1,500 makes and models of military-grade “assault-style” weapons, according to a report by CBC.
Beginning 1 May, licensed gun owners will no longer be allowed to sell, transport, import or use these sorts of weapons in this country.
Trudeau added there will be a two-year amnesty period to allow people who already own these firearms to comply with the ban. He promised to pass legislation in the coming months to provide “fair compensation” to people who own these firearms.
Canada’s Liberal Party promised some sort of buyback program in the last election, something that could cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, said the report.
On 20 April, a gunman disguised as a policeman, armed with an assault rifle; onboard a police car replica; killed at least 18 people in a 12-hour rampage in Nova Scotia, Canada.
“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,” said Trudeau.