Canada is now reportedly moving quickly to pass a new, ultra-strict ban on so-called “assault style weapons” in the wake of a deadly shooting that left 22 people dead.
As The Hill reports:
Canada’s government is set to announce a ban on assault-style weapons following a deadly shooting in Nova Scotia this month that killed 22 people.
Officials told the Associated Press on Wednesday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau‘s administration will announce the ban before the week’s end, though the key provisions have already been decided by Trudeau’s cabinet.
Among the weapons set to be banned include the AR-15 and the Ruger Mini-14. It wasn’t initially clear whether Canadian citizens who currently own such weapons will be required to turn them in. After a deadly shooting in New Zealand, officials banned assault-style weapons and instituted a buyback program.
Trudeau’s Liberal Party pledged to enact an assault weapons ban in last year’s election campaign, at the time pledging to implement a similar buyback program.
Canada already had extremely stick gun regulations at the time of the mass shooting, a fact which didn’t seem to prevent the crazed attacker from carrying out his barbaric act, but likely did prevent many of his victims from defending themselves