Handgun freeze in Canada and five-round magazine limit

The Government of Canada must legislate a national freeze on handgun ownership that would prevent people from buying and selling them across the country.

“The day this law takes effect, it will no longer be possible to buy, sell, transfer or import handguns into Canada,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The government will also require long-gun magazines to be permanently modified so they can never hold more than five rounds, and ban the sale and transfer of high-capacity magazines.

“Other than the use of firearms for sport shooting and hunting, there is no reason anyone in Canada needs firearms in their daily lives,” Trudeau said.

If passed, the handgun freeze is expected to come into effect in the fall. Canada’s Minister of Public Safety has tabled regulatory amendments in Parliament to ensure its rapid implementation, according to a ministry statement.

The killing of 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Texas in the United States has fueled concerns about gun violence around the world. Canada already has much stricter gun ownership restrictions than its southern neighbor.

The new law, Bill C-21, also proposes to revoke the firearms licenses of those involved in acts of domestic violence or criminal harassment, such as stalking.

With Reuters

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