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Canada bans new handgun sales in strictest gun control regulation in 40 years

Canada banned the sale of new handguns in its strongest gun control law for over 40 years.

These new regulations, which went into effect Friday, prohibit people from selling, buying, or transferring handguns in Canada and also prevent them from importing handguns they have just purchased.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that the move is a continuation of earlier efforts to ban imports of handguns.

His office stated that Trudeau had announced in May a handgun ban as part of his plan for tackling gun violence.


“We have frozen market for handguns here in the country,” Trudeau stated at a Surrey news conference attended by relatives of victims of gun violence and other advocates.

“We have an obligation to act as we witness gun violence increase.

“Today, our national handgun ban is in effect.”

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Marco Mendicino (Trudeau’s public safety Minister) called the move the “most important action against gun violence in a generation.”

He said, “We made a promise to Canadians that if we didn’t act, we would.” The national freeze will address the alarming role that handguns play in crimes, gender-based violence, as well as other issues.

“We will use all the tools we have to combat gun violence, and we will not stop until all Canadians feel safe in our communities.”

Canada has stricter gun laws that the United States. However, Canadians are allowed to own firearms with a license.

The new rules allow people to keep and use registered handguns, and then sell or transfer them “exempt individuals and businesses”.

Museums, the movie industry and law enforcement can continue to sell and import handguns to exempted persons.

This exclusion applies to anyone who is already authorized to carry a gun and those who train, compete, or coach in a handgun-shooting discipline sanctioned either by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) or the International Paralympic Committee.

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The prime minister’s office stated that handgun applications received before Friday will be processed.

Although Canada’s gun murder rate is low compared to the United States, 2020 data shows that it has been increasing.

Between 2009 and 2020, handguns were the most commonly used weapon in firearm-related violent crime.

The handgun ban is part of a larger firearms-control package that includes the Bill C-21 by the Trudeau government, currently before the Canadian parliament.

If passed, it would allow the automatic issuance of gun licenses to people who are convicted of domestic violence or criminal harassment such as stalking. It also increases maximum sentences for gun smuggling/trafficking from 10 years to 14.


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