Ban on "assault-style weapons" coming to Canada, Trudeau says after mass shooting

by Laura Mize · Apr 22nd, 2020 9:17 am

Last Updated Apr 22nd, 2020 at 9:35 am

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised a ban on "assault-style weapons" after a weekend mass shooting in Nova Scotia that has now claimed at least 23 lives.

The shooting began late Saturday and lasted almost 14 hours as the gunman acted like a policeman in a mock police car and pulled over victims across many communities before killing them. It is the deadliest shooting in Canada's history. Disrn will not name or publish a picture of the shooter.

It is not known what type of weapon was used in the shooting.

"I can say that we were on the verge of introducing legislation to ban assault-style weapons across this country," Trudeau said in a press briefing Monday. "It was interrupted when the pandemic caused parliament to be suspended, but we have every intention of moving forward on that measure, and potentially other measures, when parliament returns."

? During the 2019 Canadian federal election, Trudeau's platform included a prohibition against military-style assault weapons. He also promoted a policy to allow territories and provinces to design their own laws against handguns.


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