Canada moves to introduce a law to freeze ‘Handgun sale and purchase’

Days after the Texas Elementary school gun shooting, Canada introduced legislation on May 30 to implement a national freeze on handgun sales and purchase of handguns in the country. Canadian Prime Minister Justine Trudeau has made announced that the country will soon amend a law to resist the sale and purchase of handguns in the country. 

The new legislation, which revives some of the measures abandoned last year during the national elections, comes just a week after the deadly gun shooting in the Texas elementary school. The school in Texas in the United States has fed concern about gun violence worldwide. Canada already has significantly stronger gun ownership restrictions than its neighbour to the south. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters that new measures were needed as gun violence was increasing. The new laws would also ban some toys that look like real guns, such as airsoft rifles.

The government will also require long-gun magazines to be permanently altered so they can never hold more than five rounds, and will ban the sale and transfer of large-capacity magazines. “Other than using firearms for sport shooting and hunting, there is no reason anyone in Canada should need guns in their everyday lives,” Trudeau said. 

However, the law will not ban everyone to hold guns. There are some exceptions. The Handgun Freeze will include exceptions for elite sports shooters, Olympic athletes, and security guards. Canadians who already have handguns will be allowed to keep them.

“Through this legislation, we’ll move forward with a national freeze on handgun ownership. In other words, it will no longer be possible to buy, sell, transfer, or import handguns anywhere in Canada once this Bill becomes law,” Justin Trudeau tweeted. 

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If the proposed law is passed, then it will no longer be possible to buy, sell, transfer or import handguns in Canada- said, Justin Trudeau. The law is expected to come into effect this coming Autumn. Canada has stronger gun legislation than the United States, but its gun homicide rate is less than one-fifth in the U.S. but higher than in other rich countries. In 2020, it was five times that of Australia. According to a statistics in Canada, the rate in each of 2020 and 2017 was the country`s highest since at least 1997. ‘

The bill proposed in the legislation is Bill C-21, which also proposes taking away the firearms licenses of those involved in acts of domestic violence or criminal harassment, such as stalking.