Hundreds of people showed up in Ottawa at the weekend to voice their opposition to Canada’s gun laws. Pro-gun activists attended the march to speak out against the new firearm ban, which was introduced earlier this year. The protest was dubbed an “integrity march” by those involved.

On Saturday, September 12, around 800 demonstrators marched on Parliament Hill, speaking out against the alleged "injustice and ineffectiveness" of Canada’s recent ban on military-grade weapons. 

The ban, introduced by the federal government in May, prohibits the purchase, sale, import and transportation of around 1,500 models of firearms in Canada.

Those involved in Saturday’s march argue that this ban will impact legal gun owners in Canada, rather than those who commit crimes with weapons.

According to CBC News, the weekend event was organized by the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights (CCFR), who wanted to show that gun owners are "your friends, colleagues and neighbours."

Speaking to Radio-Canada, the organization's vice-president of public relations said, “Banning guns from legal, licensed, RCMP-vetted gun owners doesn't address the violent crime we see in cities across the country.”

Videos from the march were shared on social media and show individuals in kilts playing bagpipes while others carried Donald Trump signs. 

People were also spotted carrying posters that read "disarming me will not protect me," "guns are godly" and "no facism, gun rights, no U.N."

A protester with a megaphone can be heard saying, “We will not let Justin Trudeau take away our guns.”

The march comes just weeks after a parliamentary e-petition to scrap the new gun law broke records with over 230,000 Canadian signatures.

The document, which was sponsored by Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner, claims that the ban was “undemocratically imposed without debate during a pandemic while Parliament is suspended.”

It also calls for an apology from Trudeau, directed to Canada’s legal gun owners.

The firearms ban was introduced in May, following the worst mass shooting in Canadian history.

At the time, the prime minister said the assault-style weapons included in the ban are designed to kill a large number of people in a short period of time, and thus are not necessary in Canada. 

"You don't need an AR-15 to bring down a deer," he said.

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