A bill in Canada to ban offensive firearms

Canada introduced a series of offensive weapons control measures; Including a voluntary buy-back program for banned firearms and tougher penalties, against those caught smuggling prohibited weapons.

The offensive weapons bill allows municipalities to ban firearms and impose criminal penalties for arms smuggling and trafficking.

The bill comes a few months after the government announced last May that it would ban the sale, purchase, transfer and import of a number of assault firearms in Canada. About 1,500 models that the government designates on the military-style assault firearms list have been banned.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced - during his press conference in Ottawa - that the draft "C21" bill that he submitted includes a number of new measures. Among them are the confiscation of weapons from violent persons and the suspension of their license to possess them. "We are not targeting law-abiding citizens who have guns to go hunting or sport," Trudeau said, adding that "the measures have one goal: to protect you, your family and your community."

After Gabriel Wortman, 51, killed 22 people while dressed as a police officer and driving a replica police car in Nova Scotia last April, the liberal Trudeau government banned the use, sale and import of military-grade "offensive weapons".

The bill, if passed, allows an application to the court to issue an order against a person who poses a danger to himself or others. These laws are used in cases of domestic violence and mental health anxiety, according to Canadian Public Safety Minister Bill Blair.