Less than two weeks after the worst civilian shooting in Canadian history, which left 22 people dead, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the immediate banning of more than 1,500 models of military caliber assault rifles (in Argentina its possession was always prohibited for civilians). “These weapons were designed with one and only one purpose: to kill as many people as possible in the shortest time possible. And they have no use or place in Canada, ”said Trudeau during his daily press conference. The government approved a decree that prohibits the sale, purchase, use, transport and import of this type of weapon and its variants.
Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister.
The worst shooting in Canadian history began on the night of April 18 in Nova Scotia and It led to a 13-hour manhunt for the attacker, who was shot to death by police. The assailant, who was identified as Gabriel Wortman, a 51-year-old dentist, was wearing a police uniform, driving a fake police car, and carrying several weapons, including at least one assault weapon.
Gabriel Wortman, 51-year-old dentist, author of the massacre.
Trudeau also noted that There will be a two-year amnesty for people who currently possess assault weapons and Parliament will pass legislation to compensate them for surrendering them. “For many families, including indigenous peoples, firearms are part of the traditions passed down from generation to generation, and the vast majority of gun owners use them safely, responsibly and in accordance with the law,” he warned. Trudeau. “But you don’t need an AR-15 to shoot down a deer,” he said.