Canada bans assault-style weapons after its worst ever mass murder

DARTMOUTH – APRIL 20: Halifax regional police investigators confer outside the Atlantic Denture Clinic April 20, 2020 in Dartmoutht, Nova Scotia Canada. The clinic was owned by the gunman, Gabrielle Wortman, who police say is responsible for Sunday???s killing spree that resulted in the death of 19, including Wortman. The rampage began late Saturday night in Portapique as well as several other rural communities in the Maritime province. It is Canada???s worst mass killing (Photo by Tim Krochak/Getty Images)

Assault-style weapons are banned in Canada effective immediately, the country’s prime minister said Friday.

The move comes less than two weeksafter Canada’s deadliest rampage in modern history, when a
“You don’t need an AR-15 to bring down a deer,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a news
conference in Ottawa. “So, effective immediately, it is no longer permitted to buy, sell, transport, import
or use military-grade assault weapons in this country.”
Police said the gunman had several semi-automatic handguns and at least two semi-automatic rifles,
one of which was described by witnesses as a military-style assault weapon.
“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.

The ban is effective immediately but disposal of the weapons will be subject to a two-year amnesty
period. Trudeau said some form of compensation would also be put in place but the firearms can also be
exported and sold after a proper export license is obtained.
Trudeau said that “thoughts and prayers” for mass shooting victims were no longer enough and that’s
why his government acted.
The Nova Scotia shooter used a replica police car and an RCMP uniform to impersonate a police officer
as he killed both people he knew and strangers, police said. He was fatally shot by officers.
Of the 22 people killed, 13 were shot and nine died in house fires, Royal Canadian Mounted Police said
RCMP said the gunman, Gabriel Wortman, 51, also killed or wounded animals and pets that he found at
the homes.
Police believe Wortman acted alone in the shootings and arsons.
The gunman did not have a firearms license and that only one weapon was traced back to Canada,
police said.
Last week, RCMP announced its officers had expanded their investigation into the US but would not
elaborate on the nature of their leads. Police say they believe the gunman acquired at least some of his
weapons in the US.
Legislation had been in the works for months after Trudeau promised during his reelection campaign in
late 2019 to beef up gun control, especially for cities hard hit by gang violence.
Trudeau failed to make good on a 2015 election promise to restrict sales of assault weapons in Canada.( cnn / im )
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