Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Proposes ‘National Freeze’ on Handgun Sales

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proposed on May 30 a new legislation that would impose a “national freeze” on handgun sales.

At a press conference in Ottawa, Trudeau announced that the legislation — Bill C-21 — would prevent individuals from buying, selling, and transferring handguns within Canada.

The legislation would also take away firearms licenses from gun owners involved in domestic violence or criminal harassment.

The legislation would also increase criminal penalties, provide more tools for law enforcement, and strengthen border security measures to prevent gun smuggling and trafficking.

In addition to the legislation, the Canadian government would also require long-gun magazines to be permanently altered so they can no longer hold more than five rounds at a time.

The Canadian government will also ban the sale and transfer of large-capacity magazines under the Criminal Code.

Trudeau also announced a gun buyback program to offer “fair compensation” to owners and businesses affected by a 2020 law that banned assault-style firearms.

Trudeau’s office said that the new regulations are expected to come into effect this fall.

“Other than using firearms for sport shooting and hunting, there is no reason anyone in Canada should need guns in their everyday lives,” Trudeau told reporters.

“As we see gun violence continue to rise, it is our duty to keep taking action,” Trudeau further said.

The proposal comes days after a Texas elementary school shooting in neighboring United States killed 19 children and two teachers.

Canada already has stricter gun ownership rules than the U.S. and records fewer firearms incidents every year.

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