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Canadas Feds Vow to Ban Guns Similar to One Used in Ecole Polytechnique Shooting

OTTAWA—Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says the federal government will be ready soon to produce a list of semi−automatic weapons that will be banned in Canada.

His comments come the same day Canadians are marking the 30th anniversary of one of the worst mass shootings in Canadian history.

But Blair says until the list is approved by cabinet he wont name any specific guns under consideration, including the one used in the Ecole Polytechnique shooting on Dec. 6, 1989.

He says he doesnt want to create a run on gun purchases ahead of the ban.

The Ruger Mini−14 was used in the shooting where a gunman entered the Montreal school, killed 14 women, and injured 14 people before killing himself.

Blair says the government will be clear about how certain weapons were selected when the list is made public.

While there is no firm date for its release, Blair said it will be done as soon as possible before noting it was only the second day of the new Parliament.

The Liberals promised during the federal election campaign to ban military−style assault rifles and give municipalities the ability to put limitations or bans on handguns within their own borders.

The party also said owners of legally purchased firearms that fall under the ban would receive fair−market compensations for their weapons as part of a buyback program. Blair said during the campaign about 250,000 semi−automatic assault rifles are owned legally in Canada.

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