Just days after the tragic Texas school shooting took the world by storm, Canada decided to tighten its gun laws to prevent such incidents in the country. Authorities are considering imposing a ban on the sale of handguns in the country.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday that a proposed freeze on possession of handguns in Canada would effectively ban their importation and sale, following multiple mass shootings in the United States.
To implement the ban on handgun sales in Canada, the bill still needs to be passed by Parliament, with the ruling Liberals holding only a minority of seats. Speaking to victims and families affected by gun violence, Trudeau said the implementation of this rule is currently underway.
“We are introducing legislation to implement a nationwide freeze on handgun ownership,” he said, according to TAUT reports. The Canadian Prime Minister added: “This means that it will no longer be possible to buy, sell, transfer or import handguns anywhere in Canada. In other words, we are capping the handgun market.
The Canadian government previously banned 1,500 types of military-grade or assault firearms, just days after the country’s worst mass shooting incident left 23 dead in rural Nova Scotia in April 2020. .
Although several weapons have been banned in Canada, Trudeau said incidents of gun violence continue to rise in the country. According to TAUT, the government’s statistical agency reported last week that gun-related violent crime accounts for less than 3% of all violent crime in Canada.
These precautionary measures are being taken in Canada following the fatal Texas school shooting that took place at Robb Elementary School in the US state earlier this month, which left up to 22 people dead, including the shooter .
The Texas school shooting became one of the deadliest shootings in the United States, and the incident became all the more tragic as 19 of the 22 dead in the mass shooting were elementary school children.
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