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The AR-15 is one of 1,500 models of firearms now banned by the federal government.

The Canadian Press

Federal Court rejects challenge judicial decision of the May 2020 executive branch regulation in Ottawa that bans some 1,500 types of firearms in Canada.

The plaintiffs had notably raised substantive questions regarding firearms and public safety. But in a decision made public Monday, Justice Catherine Kane explains that the court looked only at whether the Trudeau cabinet had exceeded its powers in adopting the regulations.

A few weeks after the Nova Scotia shootings, which left 22 dead in April 2020, the federal Liberals announced that they were banning 1,500 models of military-style firearms, which they considered to be too dangerous for Canadian civil society.

The Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights and other organizations linked to these weapons then challenged in court the regulations adopted by the executive branch in Ottawa. These organizations argued in particular that the executive did not have the power to promulgate the decree banning these weapons, in particular the AR-15 and the Ruger Mini-14.

In her decision, Justice Kane concludes that the promulgation of the decree and the regulations that followed did not exceed the power of Prime Minister Trudeau and his cabinet.

She also considers that the regulations adopted by the executive do not infringe the provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms nor the Canadian Bill of Rights .

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116