Canada moves to make selling handguns illegal amid sweeping crackdown new invoice It was presented in Ottawa on Monday in the wake of the Ovaldi, Texas, school shooting.
Surrounded by government officials and advocates, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announce The country’s “national freeze” on firearms noted rising murders in Canada and alluded to recent mass shootings south of the border.
“It will not be possible to buy, sell, transport or import handguns anywhere in Canada. In other words, we are capping the handgun market,” Trudeau said.
“People should be free to go to the supermarket, their school, or their places of worship without fear.”
The legislation is fully guaranteed to be approved by the Canadian Parliament, and is expected to be enacted this fall. The country has already revealed plans to ban 1,500 types of military-style firearms and implement a mandatory buy-back program for high-capacity guns.
Trudeau has long said putting an end to gun violence in the country is a political priority, but his new legislation came less than a week after Archery at Rob Primary School And soon after a Buffalo Supermarket Frenzy Close to the Ontario border.
“In Canada, gun ownership is a privilege, not a right,” said Bill Blair, Minister for Emergency Preparedness.
“This is a principle that distinguishes us from many other countries of the world, especially our colleagues and friends in the south. In Canada, weapons are only intended for use in hunting and sporting purposes.”
Under the law, American arms smugglers would face stiffer criminal penalties and authorities would have more resources to crack down on weapons that made their way across the border.
Those convicted of domestic violence or criminal harassment would also lose their gun licenses, and the “red flag” clause would require people deemed a danger by the court system to turn in their guns. Rifle magazines must be changed permanently to have a maximum of five rounds under the bill.
“These are measures that doctors, experts and police chiefs have been calling for for years, and we are acting on their advice,” Trudeau said.
Canada’s homicide rate has skyrocketed in recent years with 743 murders recorded in 2020 – the most since 1991, according to the Government Statistics. In the same year, a Mass shooting rampage In Nova Scotia, it left 22 dead.
Tuesday’s tragedy in Texas prompted President Biden to call on US lawmakers to take action on gun control reform.
“As a nation, we have to ask when will we, in the name of God, stand up to the gun lobby? When are we going to do in the name of God what we all know must be done to our guts?” Biden He said last week.
with AP . wires