Justin Trudeau Announces ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban Targeting Thousands of Legal Gun Owners

Trudeau has been pushing for a ban for years, and he used the recent mass murder to ram it through. (Photo: Justin Trudeau Facebook)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced an “assault weapons” ban following a massacre in Nova Scotia that left 22 people dead. The ban will create a new definition for “assault weapon” and will specifically target 1,500 models of “military-style” rifles and shotguns, according to the CBC.

The ban is effective immediately, and prohibits licensed gun owners from selling, transporting, importing or using any of the now-banned weapons. Trudeau plans to ram the measure through using an administrative tool called an “Order in Council” rather than pass the ban in Parliament.

“These weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only — only to kill the largest amount of people in the shortest amount of time,” Trudeau said.

“As of today, the market for assault weapons in Canada is closed,” Public Safety Minister Bill Blair added. “Enough is enough — banning these firearms will save Canadian lives.”

Those who legally possess any type of now-prohibited firearm will never again be allowed to use their weapons in any fashion. There will be a two-year amnesty period during which those owners will be allowed to keep their rifles and shotguns legally. After those two years are up, Canadian gun owners will be required to either surrender their firearms to law enforcement as part of a buyback program or comply with a to-be-announced grandfather process.

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police reported that the Novia Scotia mass murderer was not licensed to own firearms in Canada. They claim that at least one “assault-style weapon“ was among his illegal arsenal, but an RCMP spokesperson refused to confirm whether that weapon was used in the shooting. Instead, he reiterated a previous claim that witnesses had seen the suspect using handguns and “long-barreled” firearms.

(It’s also worth noting that the CBC began experiencing “problems with the feed” while the spokesperson was clarifying his remarks about the type of firearm the suspect used.)  

Despite the uncertainty around the suspect’s weapons and his ability to acquire them illegally, Trudeau nonetheless used the tragedy as a justification for the new law.

“These tragedies reverberate still. They shape our identity, they stain our conscience, they make adults out of children and the heartbreaking truth is they’re happening more often than they once did,” Trudeau said.

“Their families deserve more than thoughts and prayers. Canadians deserve more than thoughts and prayers.”

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Canadian Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer pointed out that Trudeau’s ban would have done nothing to stop the Nova Scotia murderer, who seems to have acquired some of his firearms across the U.S. border.

The government’s ban is “symbolism over substance,” he said, and it does nothing to target smugglers or those who illegally modify firearms.

“We know the Liberal approach is to ask law-abiding firearms owners to follow more laws — that’s lazy and ineffective,” Scheer told the CBC. “It’s easy but lazy.”

A petition urging the government to pass any new firearms restrictions via Parliament rather than executive fiat has garnered over 175,000 signatures, the most of any petition in the House of Commons to date, according to TheGunBlog.ca.

“People are appalled by what Trudeau is doing and how he is doing it,” TheGunBlog.ca founder Nicolas Johnson told GunsAmerica, describing the response of Canadian gun owners. “Everyone I know is considering every option possible to stop or reverse this and restore justice for gun owners.”

According to the technical document released by the government, the new ban will target a wide variety of firearms, including the AR-10, AR-15, M4, M16, Beretta Cx4 Storm, CSA Vz. 58, CZ Scorpion EVO 3, CZ 858, Robinson Armament XCR, Ruger Mini-14, SIG Sauer MCX, SIG Sauer MPX, Swiss Arms Classic Green and Four Seasons series rifles, and U.S. Rifle M14.

The total number of prohibited firearms is unknown, but there are at least 105,000 firearms that were “restricted” but will now be banned.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • Ej harbet May 9, 2020, 7:30 pm

    If you have a chance to do so,ask a wannabee tyrant”what do you want to do to me that requires me to give up my guns?” Then laugh in their face because you wont be getting a honest answer

  • John May 9, 2020, 4:45 pm

    When under invasion, Canada figures the USA will come to their rescue, therefore they don’t need an armed populous.
    Of course, there is that total govt control thing….

  • Ej harbet May 9, 2020, 2:29 pm

    Tyranny 101 never let a chance go by to implement your disarmament
    And considering most of these people’s forefathers left the usa rather than detatching from who’s majesties anus,there’ll be not resistance. The maple leaf is red! How appropos! They even have a twink putin to lead them into the brave new world. NEXT WALL GOES NORTH

  • Phil May 9, 2020, 5:57 am

    So – the real issue of using a replica self propelled machine and a RMP uniform plus an evil heart means nothing to Toodulou. Those uniforms need to be individually signed for, locked up when not in use, and hand receipted when turned in for laundry. And only two per RCMP person!

  • Kole May 8, 2020, 8:16 pm

    That hockey stick is an assault weapon ehh! Two minutes for taking slap shots. What a moron this pm is.

  • samuel meola May 8, 2020, 5:53 pm

    it figures he would a bb gun would be an assult rifle to him.

  • Dexter Winslett May 8, 2020, 1:53 pm

    Canada ought to hang the liberal fool.

    • Ej harbet May 9, 2020, 2:36 pm

      Most of them fled the us after we kicked the kings arse. They should thank god we arent russia. If we didn’t use nukes it’d take a day and we’d be syrup. Tycoons

  • Steve Evans May 8, 2020, 1:49 pm

    So much anger in these posts!
    The fierce, emotional responses come across as threatening to me.

    • Phil May 9, 2020, 5:46 am

      Be careful out there. The boogeyman might get you…

    • Hondo May 9, 2020, 6:15 pm

      Just a wild guess , do you sit down to pee ?

  • Scott Kitzerow May 8, 2020, 12:08 pm

    It has become apparent that banning guns are not at all about mass shootings. It is all about the globalist elites preparing to push globalism on sovereign Nations and avoiding and armed rebellion. That is why they don’t care about the criminal element because they are a smaller in number and would lose no threat.

  • Alan May 8, 2020, 11:56 am

    Why didn’t he ban fire? The nut case killed more people with his arson than he did by shooting them.

  • survivor50 May 8, 2020, 11:27 am

    Hey!!!
    It’s CANADA, you know, where all the HOLLYWEIRD actors were going to RUN to… what else would you EXPECT from them ???

  • Michael J May 8, 2020, 10:42 am

    Canada is well on its way to follow in Great Britain’s, Australia’s and New Zealand’s gun confiscation model. An unarmed society is easier to control.

  • rsmalt May 8, 2020, 9:08 am

    PM Zoolander strikes again. I wish the firearms owners of Canada good fortune, as they attempt to prevent this foolish train wreck.

  • flintman50 May 8, 2020, 8:43 am

    Canada…The new the California…

  • L D H May 8, 2020, 8:39 am

    Maybe they should ban police uniforms too. Makes about as much sense.

    • DEAN WILLINGHAM May 8, 2020, 2:29 pm

      Good
      Weapons of war should be left in the hands of our warriors not wannabes stalking joggers

      • Ej harbet May 9, 2020, 2:44 pm

        Lots of you cucks polluting our environment with your little crowns on your license plates. Worshipping a family that makes the inbreds of our most backward areas look like mensa members. Men shaped sheep begging your government to crush that evil dangerous freedom.what little you had left!

  • John N Schoen May 8, 2020, 8:37 am

    Trudeau is doing to Canada what Diefenbaker did by closing AVRO in the 1960’s! Not just financial damage, but damage to the nations psyche, distrust in the government. Non compliance will make citizens felons! I like and respect Canadians, hate to see this happen to them; a 2nd amendment would help, but to tell the truth, ours is under attack by Democrats in our government and may not survive another generation!

  • Tim Gorman May 8, 2020, 8:02 am

    The mini-14? The mini-14 has been used for 50 years as a TOOL by farmers and ranchers to protect their livestock and property against all kinds of predators, including human ones (think rustlers). It has been used in places like Texas as a defense against the predations of feral hogs and there simply isn’t a better tool for this. A mama hog can have up to 8 piglets, half of which will be female and can have up to two or three litters per year – i.e. exponential growth. When thinning the herd you *need* a tool that can be fired rapidly and repeatedly.

    And Trudeau thinks a mini-14 is an “assault” weapon. What tool does he suggest as a replacement for a mini-14? A black powder rifle?

    • Jon May 8, 2020, 12:15 pm

      Wild pigs—a mix of wild boar and domestic swine—are spreading rapidly across Canada, threatening native species such as nesting birds, deer, agricultural crops, and farm livestock, research by the University of Saskatchewan (USask) shows. They are adapted to very cold temperatures, and can breed in any season, living in pigloos burrowed into the snow. Their main range is on agricultural areas south of Saskatchewan’s boreal forest.

    • Rick Robinson May 8, 2020, 12:42 pm

      In WA state, since last year, not just mini fourteens, but 10/22’s, Mar!in 60’s, all other clip fed rifles are now assault weapons.

  • Larry Boros May 8, 2020, 5:37 am

    The Chinese totalitarian regime has tentacles everywhere in its goal to take over the world. They covertly influence corruptible socialist politicians to take away the right to bear arms as part of a long term strategy to disarm people so they cannot resist an eventual totalitarian takeover by China, In the U.S. they have significant influence on the corrupt globalist socialist DNC to abrogate the Second Amendment for that purpose.

    • Kent May 8, 2020, 7:15 am

      Check out Soros & his puppet Trudeau. The picture becomes very clear.

    • Edward Nichols May 8, 2020, 8:20 am

      Well said Larry.

    • Dogman May 8, 2020, 11:36 am

      China? Really? Give it a break. You better be more worried about Democrats and Liberals.

  • Chock May 8, 2020, 4:42 am

    So, Canada has a King, who has unlimited power. Perfect! I bet all the peasants love his sorry self.

    • Edward M Pate May 8, 2020, 9:12 am

      Actually as part of the British Commonwealth they have a Queen.

      • Rangemaster11B May 8, 2020, 9:46 am

        Subject people.

        • Ej harbet May 9, 2020, 6:59 pm

          Lackeys all of em! The love of liberty bred out of them by soft tyranny

  • David Welsh May 4, 2020, 10:15 pm

    Weapons don’t kill. People do. All weapons are innocent. Most politicians are guilty and must be banned from holding office.

  • Reynaldo Martinez May 4, 2020, 6:32 pm

    Good, looks like we can take Canada anytime we want. Suckers.

    • Ghost May 8, 2020, 7:05 am

      We all know Trudeau is a little Dictator puppet, & part of the New World Order. The U.S. Army defines assault rifles as “short, compact, >selective-fire< weapon. I guess the US Army does not classify civilian AR15 as assault weapons. So obviously the little Dictator is taking the first step toward Dis-Arming it's citizens.

  • Robert Quick May 4, 2020, 4:07 pm

    There is also no mention of how many of the victims died as a result of being burned to death because all they could do was hide in their homes. I guess sitting and watching someone set your house on fire and dying inside is better that allowing citizens the right to defend themselves. They had no firearms to fight back against this madman.

    • Mike May 6, 2020, 10:11 am

      Well said Robert. I can’t imagine being in a home and not being able to defend myself and watching it go up in flames.

      Seems news from across the border isn’t always complete. Same here sadly.

    • Ej harbet May 9, 2020, 7:06 pm

      Thats why im utterly remorseless of most of them,carefully vetted liberty lovers should be attracted and welcomed by us but the rest can suck the scepter of the latest inbred what? King? Tsar? Ceaser? Quee? Oh queef thats right! Thought i was having a stroke for a second

  • larry May 4, 2020, 2:39 pm

    “Never let a tragedy go to waste”

  • Russ May 4, 2020, 1:28 pm

    Notice how they are not saying what guns the suspect used to commit this crime. Probably because this was just the excuse that feckless Trudeau was looking for yo ban these types of guns. The 1500 guns listed in the ban took months to assemble. Liberals are always looking to use a horrible incident to advance their stupid bans against lawful citizens. Pathetic.

  • Russ May 4, 2020, 1:25 pm

    So typical of that over reacting liberal pansy Trudeau. Put limits on lawful gun owners instead of going after criminals who use guns illegally. After all we know the criminals will turn in their banned guns also. Yeah right Trudeau you imbecile. Only in your wildest liberal dreams. Pathetic.

    • George May 8, 2020, 7:17 am

      This site sucks, may be edited by a Liberal.

  • Michael Keim May 4, 2020, 11:55 am

    The weapon he used to do the shooting has yet to be mentioned. Usually the media immediately identifies the type of weapon if it’s what they refer to as a assault rifle. I will be surprised if he really used one.
    He broke numerous laws to murder these people yet Trudeau thinks one more law would have stopped him. In the end it’s not about stopping crime, it’s about controlling people.

  • Earl Haehl May 4, 2020, 11:54 am

    Canada was given self rule in1869. It is still nominally a monarchy rather than a republic–Trudeau is a prime minister or head of government rather than head of state. In 1773, the colonial governor of Massachusetss Bay sent troops to confiscate a cache of weapons deemed to be unlawful. A citizen militia stood their ground and prevailed at Concord–this was a battle that began a state of war between Massachusetts Bay and the American Revolution became a war for independence from the Crown of England. (Forget the United Kingdom crap–England was the Seat of Power.) in July of 1776, Massachusetts Bay and 12 other states declared their statehood while declaring War on the Crown. Consequently, when those states united in 1789 they formed a Republic, governed by laws. So we put limits on governmental power.

    Despite the crackpot Bismarckean nonsense promulgated by Woodrow Wilson we never gave our President the power to make such declarations.

    When or if Canada is invaded by a hostile power, they will realize that they were wrong.

    By the way, on the way back to Boston, retreating British troops dropped more munitions thanthey had planned to seize at Concord. And the trip back to Ottawa from BC is a hell of a lot longer than a march across Middlesex County.

    • Kerry Barker May 8, 2020, 7:04 am

      “when Canada is invaded by a hostile power…..” They were just invaded and the invaders didn’t have to fire a shot.

  • Penguin Truth May 4, 2020, 9:30 am

    How many lives would have been saved if someone had been legally allowed to have a concealed carry weapon? But lets not confuse the issue with the facts.

  • Clint W. May 4, 2020, 9:16 am

    I didn’t know there were 1500 models of military style weapons, I didn’t know there were 1500 firearms of any kind in production at this time. Is that a typo? Don’t forget one thing about Canada, that is where all those in the US who backed the British in 1776 fled to, and why they still mimic the govt. of Britain to this day.

  • Kim May 4, 2020, 8:36 am

    If some other Country or Terrorist organization would happen to invade their sorry ass country, the citizens of the U.S. should stand at the border and keep our troops from crossing and helping them while laughing at them for their decision to disarm their people while they are being slaughtered, or the Canadian citizens could tell their govt. come and get them and see what happens, time for all citizens to stand up and let their govt that they are not in charge the citizens are and that includes us as well

  • MadDog Mike May 4, 2020, 8:15 am

    Well Canadian legal firearms owners, maybe it’s time you took a lesson from history and had yourself a revolution so you too can live as a free people instead of subjects.

    Nullify those mistakes at the polls that you’ve been making all these years.

    Remember, once you give up those guns, you’re NEVER getting them back!!!!

  • GB May 4, 2020, 7:54 am

    Here we go again…..the dear freedom-loving Canadian Libs at works punishing 99.99% of the people for 1 idiot. Glad I moved out of there……Long live the USA !!

    • kjj May 4, 2020, 5:45 pm

      good to have you!

    • Ej harbet May 9, 2020, 7:25 pm

      Welcome and if we have to do it again and you needs a few rounds of 9mm just ask

  • Mark - IN. May 4, 2020, 7:36 am

    At least for now We The People of these United States Of America are fortunate enough to have OUR 2nd Amendment that has an intended purpose and reason to hunt…two legged tyrannical animals.

  • Hendrik Joseph Haan May 4, 2020, 7:30 am

    In Canada, there is a culture of denying the truth: 1) Canadians don’t murder, it’s the gun’s fault. 2) No alerts were broadcast because these things don’t happen in Canada. 3) Total blackout of the news, unless the perp is dead. Then, before releasing info, it needs approval by the politicians. 4) Instead of regarding this as a criminal outlier, it’s another opportunity to pass more restrictive laws.
    Not to outdone by Whitmer, Cuomo, Newsom, Pritzker and others, Trudeau dictates a new law into the books. So, Canada truly has a king.

  • Wes May 4, 2020, 6:26 am

    I bet everyone does not know the shooter was dressed in a policeman uniform and went door to door killing people. Also killed another female police office in her car and took her weapons off her after she was dead.

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