Canadian PM Trudeau publicizes laws to ‘freeze’ handgun possession, purchase again ‘assault-style weapons’

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced Monday that his authorities is introducing laws to “implement national freeze on handgun ownership” all through the nation. 

“What this means is that it will no longer be possible to buy, sell, transfer, or import handguns anywhere in Canada,” Trudeau stated at a press convention. 

“We recognize that the vast majority of gun owners use them safely and in accordance with the law, but other than using firearms for sport shooting and hunting, there is no reason anyone in Canada should need guns in their everyday lives.”

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with government officials and gun-control advocates, speaks at a news conference about firearm-control legislation that was tabled today in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada May 30, 2022. 

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with authorities officers and gun-control advocates, speaks at a information convention about firearm-control laws that was tabled at present within the Home of Commons in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Might 30, 2022. 
(REUTERS/Blair Gable)

Canadian Minister of Public Security Marco Mendicino additionally stated {that a} necessary buyback program for “assault-style weapons” will go into impact later this yr if the invoice passes, calling it Canada’s “most significant action on gun violence in a generation.” 

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“The first AR-15s and other assault style firearms will start to be bought back by the end of this year,” Mendicino stated. “It’s going to be hard, but we’re going to get it done.”

About 55,000 new handguns have been registered yearly in Canada per yr during the last decade, Mendicino stated. 

A visitor of DVC Indoor Shooting Centre fires a pistol on their range in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia March 22, 2013. 

A customer of DVC Indoor Taking pictures Centre fires a pistol on their vary in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia March 22, 2013. 
(REUTERS/Andy Clark)

The legislation will also create new red flag laws that may permit courts to take away weapons and droop licenses for individuals who pose a menace to themselves or others. Magazines that maintain greater than 5 rounds may even be banned below the brand new legal guidelines. 

 

In August 2020, a gunman used each rifles and handguns to kill 22 individuals round Nova Scotia, in what was Canada’s deadliest mass taking pictures historical past. 

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