There are 1,500 models of the weapons that have been banned, PM Trudeau said.
By Meredith Deliso |
Canada is banning military-style assault weapons after the country’s deadliest mass-shooting in history, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday.
“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 in a briefing where he announced the decision.
The ban is effective immediately and includes 1,500 models of military-style assault weapons.
“It is no longer permitted to buy, sell, transport, import or use military-grade assault weapons in this country,” he said.
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There will be a two-year amnesty period for law-abiding gun owners and the prime minister said “fair compensation” would be given.
Trudeau spoke about the issue on Thursday, but only said a decision would be made in the coming days.
“We have long committed to strengthening gun control in this country, including banning military-style assault weapons,” he said. “There is no need in Canada for guns designed to kill the largest amount of people, in the shortest amount of time.”
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