On Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a freeze on both the sale and transfer of handguns in the country.
The new gun control proposal also includes a new red flag law, which allows the court to prohibit anyone deemed a "threat" from owning firearms. The government would also be allowed to seize firearm licenses from citizens who commit domestic violence or criminal harassment.
“One Canadian killed by gun violence is one too many,” Trudeau declared. “I’ve seen all too well the tragic cost that gun violence has in our communities across the country,” he continued. “Today, we’re proposing some of the strongest measures in Canadian history to keep guns out of our communities and build a safer future for everyone.”
Canada is gone https://t.co/QhJg5nw9o6
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) May 31, 2022
The Hill reports:
Trudeau’s office said the handgun freeze will prevent individuals from bringing newly acquired handguns into the country or from buying, selling or transferring the firearms. Canada reported 1.1 million registered handguns in 2020, an increase of 71 percent from ten years earlier.
Following a 2020 mass shooting in Nova Scotia that left 23 dead, Trudeau announced that the country would ban assault-style firearms in Canada. Canada will soon begin a buyback program that Trudeau’s office said would offer “fair compensation” to affected gun owners.
Trudeau also announced his government would ban the sale and transfer of large-capacity magazines and require long-gun magazines to be permanently altered so they can never hold more than five rounds.
“We made a commitment to Canadians to tackle gun violence,” stated Canadian minister of public safety Marco Mendicino. “The legislation we introduced today is part of our comprehensive strategy to promote safe and responsible gun laws, invest in law enforcement to stop organized crime and illegal gun smuggling at the border and to invest in communities to address root causes and prevent gun crime from occurring in the first place.”
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