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Military-style assault weapons to be banned after Nova Scotia shooting

The federal government is finally slated to announce new gun control measures this week after the deadliest massacre in Canadian history took place earlier this month.

Assault weapons typically involved in mass shootings — such as the Ruger Mini-14, used in the 1989 Ecole Polytechnique tragedy in Montreal, and others like the AR-15, used in attacks in the U.S. — will be banned and other firearm restrictions implemented, according to the Associated Press.

The news outlet also says "key measures have already been approved by Cabinet," and that new legislation will not have to be passed in the traditional sense in order for them to be enacted, as the decision can be made via a formal recommendation by Cabinet without having to be introduced in Parliament.

"We have long been committed to strengthening gun control in this country, including banning military-style assault weapons. There is no need in Canada for guns designed to kill the largest amount of people in the shortest amount of time," Trudeau said at a press briefing on April 30.

"That was a commitment we made in the last election and it's something on which there is a large consensus by Canadians who want to see less violence and fewer deaths from gun violence in this country."

He added that the topic of gun control was just about to be discussed in Parliament before it was suspended mid-March due to COVID-19, and that there will be a formal announcement about the new measures in the coming days.

The perpetrator who took 22 lives in rural Nova Scotia on April 18 and 19 did so with a number of semi-automatic rifles and pistols, with one of them being described by the RCMP as "a military-style assault rifle" — some types of which are currently considered non-restricted long guns in Canada.

Fully automatic weapons are already banned nationwide.

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