The Canadian Press:
Ottawa - Just one day before last month's elementary school massacre
in Newtown, Conn., Canada offered its gun merchants "new market
opportunities" to export banned assault weapons to Colombia, one of the
world's most violent countries.
Canada quietly eased its ban on the export of
assault-style weapons to Colombia after Foreign Affairs Minister John
Baird recommended an order amending the Automatic Firearms Country
Control List (AFCCL).
That opened the door for Canadian gun merchants to sell
fully automatic weapons with high-capacity magazines -- banned in Canada
-- to Colombia.
"Colombia's addition to the AFCCL opens new market
opportunities by providing residents of Canada with the opportunity to
explore and compete for contracts in Colombia for items controlled under
the AFCCL," says a government notice, posted Tuesday.
The change went into effect on Dec. 13, one day before a gunman
walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed 20 first-graders and
six school employees, sparking fresh debate about gun control in the
Canada recently completed a controversial free trade
deal with Colombia, which has been plagued by a half-century-long
guerilla insurgency, serious human rights abuses and its emergence as a
world leading cocaine producer.
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