The federal government has announced another extension of the amnesty on what it calls “assault-style” firearms prohibited in 2020. The extension will be in effect until after the next federal election.

In a website update from Canada Public Safety on Oct. 22, Ottawa said that the current Amnesty Order which was scheduled to expire on Oct. 30 will now be extended by an additional two years, until Oct. 30, 2025. The next federal election must be held by Oct. 20, 2025, although it can be called earlier.

The first amnesty was issued on May 1, 2020, at the same time Ottawa announced more than 1,500 models of guns would be banned after the government deemed them “assault-style” firearms. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the ban following a deadly mass shooting in which a gunman posing as an RCMP officer killed 22 people in Nova Scotia.

The gunman, 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, had several semi-automatic handguns and rifles which were not obtained legally. The gunman didn’t have a Canadian firearms license and was suspected to have smuggled the guns in from the United States.

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