The Canadian government will enact a national freeze of handgun ownership that will prevent people from buying and selling them anywhere in the country.
“From the day this law takes effect, it will no longer be possible to buy, sell, transport or import handguns in Canada,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.
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.
“Aside from the use of firearms in shooting sports and hunting, there is no reason why anyone in Canada should need guns in their everyday life,” Trudeau said.
If the arms embargo is passed, it is expected to take effect in the fall. The ministry said in a statement that Canada’s Minister of Public Safety had introduced legislative changes in Parliament to ensure their speedy implementation.
The killing of 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Texas, USA, 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.
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