İrem GÖL -TDO- After the mass shooting in Nova Scotia last in which 22 people lost their lives, Canada has banned assault-type weapons. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “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 place for such weapons in Canada. Effective immediately, it is no longer permitted to buy, sell, transport, import, or use military-grade assault weapons in this country.”
Trudeau also announced a two-year amnesty period to allow gun owners to comply with the law. The ban covers 1,500 models and variants of firearms. Canada, although far behind the US, has one of the highest per capita gun ownership rates in the world at an estimated 34.7 firearms per 100 people. There is massive support from the public to the new ban. Also, some figures are calling for tightening the controls on handguns as well.
The ban came after the mass shooting, which took place on the 20th of April. A gunman in Canada posing as a police officer had killed 22 people after a 12-hour shooting rampage across Nova Scotia in the worst act of mass murder the country has seen in modern times. The 51-year-old gunman, Gabriel Wortman had also died during a standoff with the police.