Justin Trudeau

Canada: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces bill to cap gun ownership and transfer 

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On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the introduction of legislation that would put a ban on firearm ownership in Canada. 

“What this means is that handguns will no longer be available for purchase, sale, transfer, or import anywhere in Canada,” Trudeau stated during a press conference. 

He went on to say, “In other words, we’re putting a ceiling on the market.” 

If implemented, the new anti-gun legislation will increase maximum criminal penalties for gun smuggling and trafficking, as well as give law enforcement more tools to investigate weapon offenses, according to Trudeau. 

Long gun magazines “can never” hold more than five bullets, according to the new legislation. 

“Gun violence is a complicated issue, but the math is really pretty simple: the fewer weapons in our communities, the safer everyone will be,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. 

“We don’t need assault style weapons that were designed to murder the greatest number of people in the shortest amount of time,” Trudeau added, noting that most gun owners use their pistols safely and in compliance with the law. 

Following two recent horrific shootings in the United States, the announcement has been made. On May 24, a gunman opened fire in a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school, killing 19 students and two instructors. A racist mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, claimed the lives of ten individuals on May 14. 

Trudeau’s campaign for the 2019 election included a pledge to end gun violence. Just one year after Canada’s bloodiest gun spree in modern history, his government outlawed over 1,500 varieties of military-style assault weapons in 2020. 

According to a Monday announcement from Trudeau’s office, handguns were “the most serious weapon present in the majority of firearm-related violent crimes” from 2009 to 2020, accounting for 59 percent of such offenses. 

According to the publication, the number of registered handguns in the country climbed by 71% to almost 1.1 million between 2010 and 2020.

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Liam Sanderford

Liam is currently taking his master’s degree in Information Science. He’s an avid supporter of LGBTQIA+ rights and access to information and free education for the marginalized sectors.

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