The government said the new bill would impose a “national freeze” on the purchase, sale and transfer of handguns in Canada.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new legislation that his government said would take “some of the strongest gun control measures” in decades, including a “freeze” for the sale of handguns in the country.
At a news conference in Ottawa on Monday night, Trudeau cited a series of mass shootings in Canada over the past few decades, and Recent attacks in the United Statesas part of his administration’s push to introduce Bill C-21.
“Canadians all agree that we need to reduce gun violence. We can’t allow the gun debate to become so polarized as to be inactive. We can’t let this happen in our country,” Trudeau told reporters.
“Gun violence is a complex issue, but at the end of the day, the math is really simple. The fewer guns we have in our communities, the safer everyone will be.”
Canada has stricter gun ownership limits than the U.S., but in recent years gun control advocates have called tougher measures In a series of mass shootings, including a 2017 attack on a mosque in Quebec that killed six worshippers and fatal shot in Toronto in 2018.
The ban includes the AR-15, which a gunman used to kill 26 adults and children. Sandy Hook Massacre In the US in 2012, there was also the Ruger Mini-14 rifle, which gunmen used to kill 14 women at an engineering school in Montreal in 1989.
At a news conference Monday, Canada’s Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino also said the government plans to launch a mandatory buyback program for previously banned “assault-style” weapons.
“Today our government introduced Canada’s most important gun violence action A generation,” Mendicino said, telling reporters that there are believed to be about 1 million handguns in circulation in Canada.
“Combined with the steps we’ve already taken, this marks an important step in our fight to eliminate gun violence,” he said.
in a statement The government provided more details on Bill C-21, saying the legislation would implement a “national handgun freeze to prevent individuals from bringing newly acquired handguns into Canada and buying, selling and transferring” them in the country.
It said the Minister of Public Safety has proposed regulatory amendments to “help stem the growth of handguns owned by individuals in Canada” and that the measures are expected to take effect in the coming months.
Ottawa also said the legislation would allow Canada to revoke the gun licences of individuals involved in domestic violence and harassment, including stalking, while a new “red flag” law would allow Canadian courts to require individuals deemed dangerous to hand over their firearms. of guns.
The government will also require permanent modifications to long-gun magazines to no more than five rounds, and ban the sale and transfer of high-capacity magazines.
Today, our government outlines the most significant action Canada has taken against gun violence in a generation.
Bill C-21 would freeze handguns nationwide, fight organized crime, address the role of guns in gender-based violence, and more. pic.twitter.com/2OXnt6ec8Q
– Marco Mendicino (@marcomendicino) May 30, 2022