Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a ban on assault-style rifles on Friday, including those used in a recent mass shooting that left nearly two dozen dead.
“These weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to kill the largest amount people in the shortest amount of time,” the Prime Minister said. He also said, “There is no use and no place for such weapons in Canada. Effective immediately, it is no longer permitted to buy, sell, transport and import or use military-grade assault weapons in this country.”
The announcement comes nearly two weeks after the deadliest mass shooting in Canada’s history. On the weekend of April 18, Gabriel Wortman shot and killed 22 people across six cities.
Trudeau noted measures strengthening gun control were prepared ahead of the deadly shooting and before parliament was suspended on March 13 due to the coronvirus pandemic.
According to Canadian newspaper the Globe and Mail, the ban will cover the Ruger Mini-14 and the AR-15, a weapon often used in mass shootings in the United States. Th CZ Scorpion, the Swiss Arms Classic Green, the Beretta Cx4 Storm, the Robinson Armament XCR and the Sig Suer SIG MC are also several other firearms including in the ban.