TORONTO (Sputnik) – Effective immediately 1,500 models and variants of military-grade assault weapons are banned in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday.
“Today we are closing the market for military-grade assault weapons in Canada. We are banning 1,500 models and variants of these firearms by way of regulation. Effective immediately, it is no longer permitted to buy, sell, transport, import, or use military-grade assault weapons in this country”, Trudeau said in a press conference.
The statement comes after a deadly rampage in the province of Nova Scotia on 19 April.
The mass shooting left 22 victims dead and is the deadliest firearms-induced tragedy in Canadian history. The tragedy has reignited calls for tighter gun control in the country.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said after the shooting that the Canadian government intended to propose new regulations and laws banning offensive firearms. Moreover, he stated that the authorities were committed to taking other preventive measures, such as stricter gun storage regulations and laws ensuring that access to firearms was suspended for those who posed a risk to themselves or others.