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Trudeau bans ‘military-grade’ weapons in Canada following largest mass capturing in nation's historical past

Trudeau bans ‘military-grade’ guns in Canada following largest mass shooting in country's history


Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has introduced that his authorities will likely be banning assault-style weapons, in response to final week’s Nova Scotia rampage that noticed 22 killed.

The disturbing April 18-19 assault noticed a 51-year-old denturist go on a wild killing spree, by which he shot his victims with two semi-automatic rifles and pistols, and in addition torched properties – to be later killed in a confrontation with police. Canadian police stated it wasn’t instantly clear why the suspect, recognized as Gabriel Wortman, went on his 13-hour rampage, whereas stories have tied his violent breakdown to a property dispute and to alcohol abuse in the course of the lockdown.

Notably, the weapons present in Wortman’s possession weren’t obtained legally. This did not cease the inflow of requires tighter gun controls in Canada, culminating in Trudeau’s Friday announcement.

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“These weapons have been designed for one function and one function solely: to kill the biggest variety of individuals within the shortest period of time,” the prime minister stated, concluding that “there isn’t a use and no place for such weapons in Canada.”

Trudeau’s ban will cowl 1,500 completely different fashions of firearms. It outlaws the acquisition, sale, transport, or import of “military-grade assault weapons” that have been already classed as “prohibited” below somewhat-convoluted present Canadian gun legislation, and offers gun-owners two years to show within the newly-banned weapons. A buyback program is within the works, although the laws Trudeau stated he plans to suggest should cross Parliament first.

The ban has infuriated Canadian gun homeowners, who’ve pointed to the truth that Wortman was not licensed to personal any of the firearms he used to commit the bloodbath. Whereas the nation’s police company, the RCMP, has claimed Wortman wielded an “assault-style” weapon, the opposite fashions of gun he used haven’t been made public and it’s not but recognized whether or not they’re included within the far-reaching ban. Trudeau had made such a ban a cornerstone of his marketing campaign platform, nonetheless, indicating he would have launched it anyway, even with out the bloodbath in Nova Scotia.

The listing of banned weapons additionally drew ridicule from some quarters, for the presence on it of precise navy weapons – surface-to-air missile launchers, RPGs, and different heavy-duty arms that nearly by no means find yourself in civilian palms.

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