2022 – Canada’s Trudeau announces national plan to freeze guns By Reuters

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OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday his government is introducing new legislation to implement a “national freeze” of gun ownership and prevent people from buying and selling handguns anywhere in the country.

“The day this legislation takes effect, it will no longer be possible to buy, sell, transport or import handguns in Canada,” Trudeau told reporters.

If the arms embargo is passed, it is expected to take effect in the fall. Canada’s public safety minister has introduced legislative changes in Parliament to ensure they are implemented quickly, according to a ministry statement.

The killing of 19 children and two teachers last week at an elementary school in Texas, in the United States, has raised global concerns about gun violence. Canada already has stricter arms restrictions than its southern neighbor.

The new law, Bill C-21, also proposes removing gun licenses from individuals involved in domestic violence or criminal harassment such as stalking.

The government will also require long gun magazines to be permanently modified so that they can never hold more than five rounds and will prohibit the sale and transfer of large-capacity magazines.

“Apart from the use of firearms in shooting sports and hunting, there is no reason why anyone in Canada should need guns in their daily life,” Trudeau told reporters at a press briefing.