Ontario, CANADA – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that he was banning all “military-grade assault weapons” from his country.
“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 announced, according to ABC News.
The Prime Minister said the ban went into effect right away and applied to 1,500 models of various guns.
“Effective immediately, it is no longer permitted to buy, sell, transport, import or use military-grade assault weapons in this country,” Trudeau said.
He said there would be a two-year amnesty period during which Canadians who already owned the newly-banned weapons would be expected to turn them in to the government, ABC News reported.
Trudeau promised gun owners would receive “fair compensation” for turning in the offending weaponry.
Canadian officials have called the gun grab an effort to “strengthen gun control” after 22 people were murdered in Nova Scotia in April during worst mass shooting in the country’s history, according to The Guardian.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) announced on Tuesday that the gunman was armed with two semi-automatic rifles and multiple semi-automatic pistols.
RCMP Superintendent Darren Campbell said that one of the shooter’s weapons could be described as a “military-style assault rifle,” The Guardian reported.
However, the gunman didn’t own any of his weapons legally, which means the new anti-gun measures being applied to the entire country would not have stopped the tragic murders.
Trudeau promised to ban guns during his campaign, and vowed to ban the Ruger Mini-14 rifle, which was the gun used in the 1989 murder of 14 women in Montreal, according to The Guardian.
The Prime Minister’s sudden restrictive ban on some firearms has gun-loving Canadians in an uproar, but the move did not require legislation and could be implemented through the cabinet.
“Justin Trudeau is using the current pandemic and the immediate emotion of the horrific attack in Nova Scotia to push the Liberals’ ideological agenda to make major firearms policy changes,” Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said after Trudeau’s announcement. “Taking firearms away from law-abiding citizens does nothing to stop dangerous criminals who obtain their guns illegally.”
A poll released by the Angus Reid Institute on Friday said that four out of five Canadians polled supported the new weapons ban, The Guardian reported.