Canada Plans to Ban Assault-Style Rifles Following Nova Scotia Shooting

Source: VICE - View Original Article
Published: Apr 30, 2020
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89% Liberal


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Gun Control

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89% "The Liberals actions will make good on their 2019 election promises to tighten gun control, which also included allowing municipalities to ban handguns and ..."
71% "You've got a rifle that's prohibited""
69% "Somerset said the government's bans won't actually eliminate all guns that fall into that category, though.""
68% "News of the restrictions comes two weeks after a gunman killed 22 people in Nova Scotia, both by shooting them and setting their homes ..."
65% "and you have another rifle that's functionally the same""
64% "After the Christchurch mosque shootings, New Zealand banned centerfire rifles with a detachable magazine or a fixed magazine greater than five.""
57% "So while AR-15s will become prohibited, he said the Tavor, another semi-automatic rifle that uses the same ammo, will remain unrestricted.""
56% "According to the Globe and Mail, the Liberals will soon lay out a list of guns they plan to ban, including AR-15 rifles which ..."
54% "and it's non-restricted, he said.""

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Contributing sentiments towards policy:

89% : The Liberals actions will make good on their 2019 election promises to tighten gun control, which also included allowing municipalities to ban handguns and creating a buyback program for banned guns.
71% : "You've got a rifle that's prohibited
69% : Somerset said the government's bans won't actually eliminate all guns that fall into that category, though.
68% : News of the restrictions comes two weeks after a gunman killed 22 people in Nova Scotia, both by shooting them and setting their homes on fire.
65% : and you have another rifle that's functionally the same
64% : The terms "assault weapon" and "assault rifle" often conjure up debate, with some gun proponents arguing that the terms are meaningless and used to fear-monger. A.J. Somerset, the London, Ontario-based author of Arms: the Culture & Credo of the Gun, said the best definition of an assault-style weapon is a semi-automatic centerfire rifle with an attachable magazine and a pistol grip.
64% : After the Christchurch mosque shootings, New Zealand banned centerfire rifles with a detachable magazine or a fixed magazine greater than five.
57% : So while AR-15s will become prohibited, he said the Tavor, another semi-automatic rifle that uses the same ammo, will remain "unrestricted."
56% : According to the Globe and Mail, the Liberals will soon lay out a list of guns they plan to ban, including AR-15 rifles which have been used in mass shootings like Sandy Hook and Parkland.
54% : and it's non-restricted," he said.
51% : Police have said the shooter had pistols and long-guns, but did not access them legally.
46% : VICE has previously reported on why a municipal handgun ban may not be effective, in part because cities don't have borders or checkpoints.
39% : They also plan to ban Ruger Mini-14s, used in the 1989 École Polytechnique shooting; VZ58 semi-automatic rifles, used in the 2017 Quebec mosque shooting before the shooter switched to a handgun; and M14 rifles, used in the 2014 Moncton shooting.
37% : While Somerset said that ban may have been "too expansive," it's more consistent than what Canada is doing.
36% : The federal government plans to ban several assault-style weapons that have been used in mass shootings, but one gun expert says the policy has major loopholes.
27% : Canada's firearms regulations classify guns into three categories: non-restricted, restricted, and prohibited.
24% : He said it would make more sense to change the Criminal Code to ban guns based on their actual characteristics, rather than just banning the most notorious firearms.
17% : Somerset said the fact that the imminent ban doesn't address handguns is another gap, because handguns are the "logical substitute" for someone who wants to carry out a mass shooting.
5% : The ban would make some assault-style weapons prohibited.

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