Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a comprehensive ban on the sale or use of semiautomatic rifles in the country Friday, broadly forbidding the ownership of rifles such as the AR-15 after a mass shooting in the country’s Nova Scotia province.
Canada already has a comprehensive licensing program for gun ownership, and magazine capacity is starkly restricted to a maximum of five rounds. But apparently this isn’t enough, and as of Friday gun owners are prohibited from acquiring, selling, or using their semiautomatic rifles.
It appears that the Canadian government is preparing to institute a wide-ranging buyback program, as well. The nation’s parliament is going to create a program that will provide “fair compensation” to gun owners in exchange for taking their guns. Trudeau also said that the gun restriction will include a grandfathering program for gun owners who want to keep their rifles, although it does appear possible that the gun ban will include a mandatory buyback, essentially a confiscation.
There are an estimated 80,000+ AR-style rifles legally owned in Canada. Trudeau’s ban also forbids the ownership of other common rifles, such as the Ruger Mini-14 rife.
Trudeau claims that “there is no use and no place for such weapons in Canada.”
At least some rifles seem to have escaped the wide-ranging ban, which includes more than 1,500 models of so-called “assault weapons.” The Soviet SKS rifle and American M1 Garand are among the most practical rifles that the Canadian government hasn’t restricted, and these weapons may be left as the go-to choice for Canadian gun owners seeking a weapon for self defense.
150 Firearms Stolen From Albuquerque Gun Store by “Sophisticated” Thieves
The thieves were “sophisticated.”
150 pistols and rifles were stolen from an Albuquerque gun store earlier this week, in what authorities are calling one of the biggest thefts of firearms in the southwestern United States in recent history.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms state that a group of thieves made off with more than 115 handguns and 35 rifles during the heist, which occurred early on Monday morning. Authorities are claiming the thieves, who worked in a group, acted with a “level of sophistication,” cutting the power to JCT Firearms and disabling the building’s security system before getting inside and stealing the guns. The thieves also disabled the gun store’s surveillance system.
Authorities have entered the serial numbers of all the stolen firearms into a national database, but are saying it ranges from possible to likely that the guns will be taken to Mexico. “That’s a tremendous amount of firepower in the hands of criminals,” said Tom Mangas, an ATF spokesman. “This is a priority for us.”
Albuquerque police are saying there’s no indication that the massive theft is linked to the nationwide race riots that have surfaced in the city, but the timing is conspicuous. More than two million Americans have become legal gun owners in the past two months, and the theft appears to indicate that criminals are seeking to arm themselves as well.
The ATF is offering a $10,000 reward to information leading to criminal charges in the burglary, a sum that is being matched by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
In a national moment where racial tensions are boiling, the theft of the firearms by criminals poses a serious danger to the Albuquerque community, and the American public broadly.
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