Friday, March 24, 2023

Canada’s Trudeau announces bill to limit the sale, transfer and importation of all handguns in the country

“This means that it will no longer be possible to buy, sell, transfer or import handguns anywhere in Canada,” Trudeau said at a news conference.

“In other words we are limiting the market,” he said.

If passed, the new anti-gun law would cure gun trafficking and smuggling “by increasing maximum criminal penalties and providing more tools for law enforcement to investigate firearms crimes,” Trudeau said.

The new law would also require that long gun magazines “never” exceed five rounds.

“Gun violence is a complex problem, but at the end of the day the math is actually quite simple: the less guns we have in our communities, the safer it is,” the prime minister said.

Trudeau said that while most gun owners use their handguns safely and by law, “we don’t need assault-style weapons designed to kill the greatest number of people in the shortest amount of time.” Had gone.”

The announcement comes in the wake of two recent mass shootings in the United States. On May 24, a gunman entered an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and fired more than 100 shots, killing 19 children and two teachers. On May 14, 10 people were killed in a racist mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.
Ending gun violence was part of Trudeau’s campaign in the country’s 2019 election. In 2020, his government banned more than 1,500 types of military-style assault weapons after the deadliest gun rampage in Canada’s modern history.
According to a release Monday from Trudeau’s office, handguns were “the most serious weapon present in most firearm-related violent crimes” between 2009 and 2020, accounting for 59% of those crimes.

According to the release, the number of registered handguns in the country grew by 71 percent between 2010 and 2020 to nearly 1.1 million.

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