Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an immediate ban Friday on the sale and use of assault-style weapons in Canada, two weeks after a gunman killed 22 people in Nova Scotia. Trudeau cited numerous mass shootings in the country, including the rampage that killed 22 in Nova Scotia April 18 and 19. He announced the ban of over 1,500 models and variants of assault-style firearms, including two guns used by the gunman as well as the AR-15 and other weapons that have been used in a number of mass shootings in the United States. 'You do not need an AR-15 to take down a deer,' Trudeau said. 'So, effective immediately, it is no longer permitted to buy, sell, transport, import or use military-grade, assault weapons in this country.'
The gunman who shot 22 people dead in 12 hours rampage in Canada's worst mass shooting started with a domestic violence incident, attacking and tying up his girlfriend at his home in Nova Scotia. His partner managed to escape and hid in the woods nearby, staying there overnight until she could find a police officer. Gabriel, 51, later disguised as a police officer shooting his victims in their homes and setting fires.