- Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau has announced plans to freeze handgun ownership.
- Freezing handguns would effectively prohibit their importation and sale.
- The announcement was made following a shooting at a Texas school in the United States.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced plans Monday to freeze handgun ownership in the country, following a mass shooting in the United States that took place in Texas last week. Freezing handguns would effectively ban their import and sale, AFP news agency reported. Trudeau had earlier said his “heart breaks” for those affected by the “horrific” shooting at a Texas elementary school that killed 21 people.
Taking to Twitter, Trudeau announced that his government had introduced legislation to further strengthen gun control in Canada. “Through this legislation, we will move forward with a nationwide 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,” he wrote. .
In addition, criminal penalties for combating smuggling and arms trafficking will also be increased in Canada. Authorities will have more tools to investigate gun crimes and criminalize modifying magazines to prevent them from holding more than the legal limit of ammunition, Trudeau said.
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“In addition, we will ensure that those involved in acts of domestic violence or stalking have their firearms license revoked. And we will ensure that those who are considered a danger to themselves or for others must surrender their weapons to authorities,” Trudeau tweeted.
On May 24, an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two adults as he walked from class to class at Robb Elementary School in the town of Uvalde, a heavily Latino town about 135 kilometers west from San Antonio. The shooter was later killed by law enforcement.
“Students, parents, teachers, the whole community have had their lives changed forever by this unimaginable event,” Trudeau told reporters after the horrific incident.
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