Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a gun ban today on 1,500 different types of “military-style assault weapons.”
Although there will be a two-year amnesty period to allow people to comply, the firearms included in the ban cannot be used anywhere as of today. “The market for assault weapons in Canada is closed,” said Public Safety Minister Bill Blair. “Enough is enough. Banning these firearms will save Canadian lives.”
Trudeau has announced a gun-buyback program that will provide “fair compensation” to people who already own these kinds of firearms. The cost of the buyback program is estimated to be $250 million, but many say it will be much higher. Firearms owners may return the firearms to the manufacturer or export them as part of a sale between now and April 2022.
The ban will be enacted through an order-in-council from cabinet — not through legislation. Trudeau suggested that the government was prepared to announce the ban months ago but the COVID-19 outbreak delayed it. Further bans, possibly on handguns, may be next.
LIST OF GUNS TO BE BANNED
Radio-Canada obtained a list of some of the 1,500 different types of “military-style assault weapons” that are banned. They are:
- AR-15 and AR-10 style rifles. There are an estimated 83,572 in Canada.
- Ruger Mini-14s. There are an estimated 16,859 in Canada.
- SIG SG 550s. There are an estimated 1,342 in Canada.
- M14s. There are an estimated 5,229 in Canada.
- VZ-58s. There are an estimated 11,593 in Canada.
- CZ Scorpion EVO 3s. There are an estimated 1,813 in Canada.
- Beretta CX4 Storms. There are an estimated 1,513 in Canada.
- Sig Sauer MCX and MPXs. There are an estimated 1,000 in Canada.
- Robinson Arms XCRs. There are an estimated 1,834 in Canada.