Canada bans assault weapons after mass shooting in Nova Scotia

There are 1,500 models of the weapons that have been banned, PM Trudeau said.

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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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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.