TORONTO: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, presently on trip in Costa Rica, made the announcement on Twitter: “As of August nineteenth, the importation of handguns will probably be banned in Canada. The ban will stay in impact till the nationwide handgun freeze – which can make it unattainable to purchase, promote, or switch handguns anyplace in Canada – comes into power.”The federal government had launched laws, Invoice C-21, for a nationwide freeze on handguns days after 19 youngsters and two academics have been gunned down at a faculty in Uvalde, Texas on Could 24. Nevertheless, the related invoice has but to be handed by parliament which is on its summer time recess.If handed, the brand new legislation will “stop people from bringing newly acquired handguns into Canada and from shopping for, promoting, and transferring handguns throughout the nation,” in response to a launch from the prime minister’s workplace on the time.Nevertheless, the federal government desires to carry the “final affect” of the handgun freeze in Canada “into power sooner”, in response to a joint launch on Friday from Minister of Overseas Affairs Mélanie Joly and Minister of Public Security Marco Mendicino. They described the measure as “a short lived import ban on the importation of restricted handguns”.The restriction will stay in place until the nationwide freeze comes into power.“At this time’s announcement is additional proof that we’re utilizing all instruments at our disposal to struggle gun crime on this nation. It’s a key pillar of our plan to handle it, together with investments in prevention, motion at our borders, a ban on assault-style weapons and Invoice C-21 – Canada’s most vital motion on gun violence in a era,” Mendicino stated.The discharge additionally famous that legislation enforcement companies seized greater than double the variety of firearms on the border in 2021, in comparison with 2020, which was additionally the very best variety of firearms seized in recent times.Additionally they said that knowledge confirmed that Canada imported $26.4 million price of pistols and revolvers between January and June and this yr, a 52% enhance in comparison with the identical interval in 2021.
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Anirudh Bhattacharya is a Toronto-based commentator on North American points, and an writer. He has additionally labored as a journalist in New Delhi and New York spanning print, tv and digital media. He tweets as @anirudhb.