That’s the message from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday morning.
Trudeau made comments during the media question period from his COVID-19 briefing.
“There is no place in Canada for weapons specifically designed to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time,” Trudeau said. “That is why we are moving forward with a ban on military assault rifles.”
Earlier this week, Trudeau announced a total ban on 1,500 military-style assault rifle models and variants. This step is carried out after 22 people killed while raging in Nova Scotia.
The newly announced ban includes the purchase, sale, transportation and import of such weapons. As part of the ban, the federal government announced a $ 250 million repurchase program.
“We have carried out a two-year amnesty so that people who have bought the weapon will legally have time to obey the rules that we carry,” Trudeau said.
Although the move has been supported by several including Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Paul Manly, it has not been popular every one. Ontario premier Doug Ford recently said the money allocated for the repurchase program could be better spent on border security and stopping the flow of illegal weapons to Canada.
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However, Trudeau repeatedly stressed that “military style” assault rifles had no place in Canada. He also acknowledged that more needs to be done around gun control.
“We know that there is much to be done to strengthen gun control in this country, which is why we will move forward, when Parliament allows it, with stronger steps,” Trudeau said on Sunday.
Stronger measures will be around weapons storage and borders, according to Trudeau, who also said his government has plans to introduce laws that will give cities the ability to limit gun use and possession.
“We will take this very seriously because we, as Canadians know, are very committed to keeping people safe and strengthening gun control in this country,” he said.
Asked why the assault rifle was chosen instead of a pistol, Trudeau said there were too many mass shootings involving “military-style” assault weapons.
“We have seen too many cases where these weapons have caused destruction to families and communities, that is why it is time to ban them,” he said. “This is something that we can do through regulation, so it doesn’t need a law.”
Trudeau also cited a proposed move that would give municipalities the right to limit the use of handguns within their borders, as a step the government is planning to take to tackle problems around the gun.
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