Canada will ban the sale of handguns after a school shooting in Texas

Canada plans to ban handgun sales in Texas school shootings

The move comes days after 21 people were killed in a school shooting in Texas.

Ottawa:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday announced a proposed freeze on handgun ownership in Canada that would effectively ban their import and sale in the United States following recent mass shootings.

The ruling Liberals will have to pass the bill in parliament, holding only minority seats.

“We are introducing legislation to enforce a national freeze on handgun ownership,” Trudeau told a news conference, adding that dozens of families and friends who had been victims of gun violence had joined him.

“This means that it will not be possible to buy, sell, transfer or import handguns anywhere in Canada,” he said. “In other words, we’re capturing the handgun market.”

Just days after 23 people were killed in Canada’s worst mass shooting in April 2020, the government banned 1,500 types of military-grade or assault-style firearms.

But Trudeau acknowledged Monday that gun violence was on the rise.

The Government Statistics Agency reported last week that firearms-related violent crimes accounted for less than three per cent of all violent crimes in Canada.

But the per capita rate of guns has nearly tripled since 2009, when the number of shots fired from a gun intended to kill or injure has increased fivefold.

Handguns are involved in about two-thirds of gun crimes in urban areas.

Police often point to smuggling from the United States – starting with recent shootings at a school in Texas and a supermarket in New York State – as the main source of handguns.

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendisino estimates that the country has about one million handguns – significantly more than a decade ago.

Trudeau remarked, “People should go to the supermarket, to their school or to their place of worship without fear. They should go to the park or to the birthday party without worrying about what might happen with the misguided bullets.”

“Gun violence is a complex issue,” he said. “But at the end of the day, the math is really simple: the less guns there are in our community, the safer everyone will be.”

The proposed law would strip anyone or anyone involved in domestic violence of their firearms licenses, and snatch guns from people they consider themselves or others at risk, as well as strengthen border security and criminal penalties for gun trafficking.

It will also ban long-gun magazines capable of holding more than five shots.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and was published from a syndicated feed.)

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