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Thursday , 22 October 2020
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses Canadians on the COVID-19 pandemic from Rideau Cottage in Ottawa on Thursday, April 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Trudeau announces ban on 1,500 models and variants of assault weapons

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a ban on “military-grade” assault weapons to begin immediately on Friday.

This includes the prohibition of 1,500 models and variants of firearms by ways of regulations.

An amnesty order is effective for the next two years for law-abiding owners of these weapons to turn them and the government is working on “fair compensation.”

The transport, use, or purchase of these weapons is prohibited.

Mass killings in Canadian history like Ecole Polytechnique in 1989 to the recent shooting Nova Scotia last week, were cited as reasons for the move.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said this measure is not meant to disrupt hunting or target shooting.

He said these weapons, “have no legitimate purpose.”

The Liberal Party promised some sort of buyback program in the last election.

The full list of these weapons has not been released.

“You don’t need an AR-15 to bring down a deer,” said Trudeau.

Updated: Full list of weapons

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connect Media. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.