Trudeau Promises To Ban Assault-Style Weapons & Tighten Gun Control Laws

This comes after 18 people were killed during Canada's deadliest shooting.
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Canada's Gun Control Laws: Trudeau Recommits To Banning Assault-Style Weapons

Just one day after a Nova Scotia gunman killed 17 people, the Prime Minister has committed to reassessing Canada’s gun control laws. Speaking on Monday, Justin Trudeau promised to move forward with banning assault-style weapons. He also confirmed he would potentially consider “other measures” when Parliament reconvenes.

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Just 24 hours after Canada’s deadliest mass shooting took place, Justin Trudeau has committed to passing the gun control legislation he promised last year.

During last year's election campaign, the Liberals promised to introduce legislation that would ban all assault-style weapons in Canada. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this move has been put on hold. 

During a press conference on Monday, Trudeau was asked about the federal government's response to the shooting in Nova Scotia.

Noting that the tragedy was an "ongoing investigation," the Prime Minister admitted that he wasn't prepared to jump to any conclusions.

That said, he confirmed that he hadn't forgotten about his election promise. He also added that he would consider taking even further action.

"We have every intention of moving forward on that measure, and potentially other measures, when Parliament returns," the PM explained.

"I am very much open to moving forward with our gun control legislation. I think there is always going to be questions of when is the right moment to do that," he added.

Trudeau’s renewed promises come as 18 people have been confirmed dead, in what is now Canada’s deadliest mass shooting. 

On Saturday night, RCMP officers responded to a firearms complaint in the small town of Portapique.

What followed was a 12-hour manhunt, during which a teacher, a police officer, a nurse and a family of three were killed. 

Nova Scotia RCMP has yet to disclose what kind of weapon the 51-year-old gunman used.

During the 2019 election campaign, Justin Trudeau committed to banning all military-style weapons in Canada.

Tweeting that “thoughts and prayers are not enough” he promised to implement stronger federal legislation on gun control. 

The PM also committed to giving provincial governments stronger powers to restrict or ban handguns. 

This action is yet to be taken, Trudeau explained on Monday, as Parliament has been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the press conference on Monday, Trudeau asked the media and the public to refrain from using the name of the Nova Scotia gunman. Instead, he asked people to remember the lives of those who have died

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Helena Hanson
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Helena Hanson is a Senior Editor for Narcity Canada's Trending Desk focused on major news. She previously lived in Ottawa, but is now based in the U.K.
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