Inquiry into N.S. mass shooting calls for sweeping changes to gun laws

Inquiry into N.S. mass shooting calls for sweeping changes to gun laws
In this June 27, 2017, file photo, a semi-automatic hand gun is displayed with a 10 shot magazine, left, and a 15 shot magazine, right, at a gun store in Elk Grove, Calif.

The inquiry into a mass shooting that left 22 people dead in Nova Scotia in 2020 is calling on the federal government to ban all semi-automatic handguns and many types of semi-automatic rifles and shotguns.

The Mass Casualty Commission released its final report today, making a series of recommendations aimed at tightening gun laws.

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That includes developing a “standardized schedule and definitions” of 206 prohibited firearms in the Criminal Code.

Parliament is still debating gun-control legislation introduced last May by the Liberals, which included a proposed amendment to enshrine a definition of assault-style firearms in federal law.

On April 18 and 19, 2020, a gunman dressed as a police officer and driving a mock police cruiser killed 22 people, including a pregnant woman, during a 13-hour-long rampage in rural Nova Scotia.

All five of the weapons he used during the killings were obtained illegally, and he did not have a license to own firearms.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 30, 2023.

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