Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday that his government has banned 1,500 "models and variants" of firearms in what he calls a ban on "military-grade assault-style weapons."
These weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to kill the largest number of people in the shortest period of time. There is no use and no place for such weapons in Canada," Trudeau said. "Effective immediately, it is no longer permitted to buy, sell, transport, import, or use military-grade assault weapons in this country."
Trudeau named the major mass shooting incidents that have happened in Canada in recent years from Polytechnique to the Danforth. He made special mention of the recent Nova Scotia tragedy: "Canadians will remember where they were Sunday April 18, 2020. This chapter in our history cannot be rewritten. But what happens next is up to us."
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said, "Effective immediately, these firearms cannot be legally used, sold or imported in our country. As of today, the market for assault weapons in our country is closed."
There will be a two-year amnesty period for those Canadians who currently legally own one of these 1,500 variants. In this time, Trudeau says that the government will set up a mechanism for fair compensation for these now-illegal weapons.
"In saying no to assault-style weapons, we are putting feminist ideas into practice," Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland added.
The terminology used by the Trudeau government is significant as firearms experts have pointed out that "military-grade" guns are already not available to Canadian citizens.