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(Reuters) – Laws prohibiting the sale, buy or switch of handguns inside Canada take impact on Friday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned, including that the measure builds on earlier efforts banning handgun imports.
The handgun freeze was introduced in Might alongside proposed laws that may implement the nation’s strongest gun management measures in 40 years as a part of Trudeau’s plan to deal with gun violence, his workplace mentioned.
“We have now frozen the marketplace for handguns on this nation,” Trudeau mentioned at a information convention in Surrey, British Columbia, attended by relations of gun violence victims and different advocates.
“As we see gun violence proceed to rise… now we have an obligation to take motion,” Trudeau added. “At present our nationwide handgun freeze is coming into power.”
Friday’s motion stops folks from shopping for, promoting or transferring handguns inside Canada, and prevents them from bringing newly acquired handguns into the nation, in accordance with the prime minister’s workplace.
Canadian Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino known as it essentially the most vital motion on gun violence in Canada in a era.
Canada has stricter gun legal guidelines than the USA, however Canadians can personal firearms with a license. Some firearms should even be registered.
Canada’s gun murder price is a fraction of the USA’ price, 2020 knowledge confirmed, however remains to be greater than different rich nations and has been rising, with handguns the primary weapon used within the majority of firearm-related violent crimes between 2009 and 2020.
Trudeau’s ruling Liberal authorities launched invoice C-21 to combat gun violence, and his workplace mentioned Friday’s motion will assist “preserve Canadians secure” whereas the laws is debated. In August, it banned imports till the regulation passes.
“We have to get that regulation handed as rapidly as doable,” Mendicino mentioned, talking alongside Trudeau.
Below the chief motion, any handgun purposes submitted earlier than Friday will nonetheless be processed, Trudeau’s workplace mentioned.