Canada bans assault weapons following worst-ever mass shooting

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Canada is banning assault weapons following the country's worst-ever mass-shooting last month.

World | The Independent

Canada is banning assault weapons following the country’s worst-ever mass-shooting last month.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement on Friday morning: “Effective immediately, it is no longer permitted to buy, sell, transport, import or use military-grade assault weapons in this country.”

“These weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only — to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time. There is no use and no place for such weapons in Canada.”

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Over the course of 12 hours beginning on 18 April, 22 people were killed by Gabriel Wortman, who posed as a police officer. Nine died in house fires he set, and 13 were shot.

Wortman died in a shoot-out with police.

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