Canada has introduced a bill to ban handgun sales, less than one week after two teachers and 19 children were killed in a Texas school shooting.
Premier Minister Justin Trudeau stated to reporters that it would be impossible to import, buy, transfer, or sell handguns in Canada once this legislation is implemented.
The “national freeze” on handgun ownership will be in effect if it is passed.
Canada has stricter gun ownership laws than the US. However, the murders at an elementary school located in Uvalde (Texas) have raised concerns about gun violence around the world.
The AR-15 rifle was used in the attack. It was banned from being sold or used in Canada two-years ago.
Marco Mendicino, the public safety minister, said that a program to compensate and buy back weapons from owners would soon be in place.
Bill C-21 proposes that firearm licenses should be revoked for those who are involved in domestic violence or criminal harassment such as stalking.
Gun smugglers or traffickers would receive stricter sentences, while law enforcement would have access wiretapping tools to stop gun crimes.
Long-gun magazines will have to be permanently altered so that they cannot hold more than five rounds.
It will be prohibited to sell or transfer large capacity magazines.
Trudeau stated that firearms are not only used for hunting and sport shooting, but there’s no reason why anyone should have guns in their daily lives.
According to a 2021 study, one in 200,000 Canadians are killed by guns, while four in 100,000 Americans are.
Analysis by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
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According to Mr Trudeau’s office, the number of handguns registered in Canada increased 71% to 1.1million between 2010 and 2020.
Between 2009 and 2020, handguns accounted for 59% of all firearm-related violent crime.