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Handgun freeze in Canada and five-round limit on magazines – The Guardian

Canada’s government is to legislate for a national freeze on handgun ownership that would prevent people buying and selling them anywhere in the country.

“The day this legislation goes into effect it will no longer be possible to buy, sell, transfer or import handguns in Canada,” said the prime minister, Justin Trudeau.

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

“Other than using firearms for sport shooting and hunting, there is no reason anyone in Canada should need guns in their everyday lives,” Trudeau said.

If passed, the freeze on handguns is expected to come into force in the autumn. Canada’s public safety minister had tabled regulatory amendments in parliament to ensure it can be implemented swiftly, a ministry statement said.

The killing of 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Texas in the United States has fed concern about gun violence worldwide. Canada already has significantly stronger gun ownership restrictions than its neighbour to the south.

The new legislation, Bill C-21, also proposes taking away the firearms licences of those involved in acts of domestic violence or criminal harassment, such as stalking.

With Reuters

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