Canadians with AR-15 assault rifles will likely be able to resell them for just over $1,300 to the government, Ottawa said when it unveiled its prohibited weapons buyback price list Thursday.
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According to the list proposed by the Trudeau government, the government plans a buyout price of $1,337 for AR-15s, a firearm prized by mass killers in recent years, including in the recent Uvalde shootings. , in Texas, which killed 21 people, including 19 children.
Overall, the prices offered for gun buybacks range from $1139 for the VZ.58 rifles up to $6209 for the SG550 and SG551 rifles.
“Assault style firearms, like the AR-15, have no place in Canada. They are designed to kill as many people as possible,” exclaimed Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino.
Recall that Canada had blacklisted, in May 2020, more than 1,500 models of firearms by prohibiting their use or sale. The buyback program is a way to compensate these gun owners.
“The price list proposed today represents another step towards removing these dangerous firearms from our Canadian communities, while ensuring that current firearm owners receive fair compensation,” the Minister recalled. Mendecino.
Canadians now have until Aug. 28 to provide feedback on Ottawa's proposed buyback program and pricing schedule.