Canada Moves to Ban Handgun Sale

Following the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Canada has announced a new bill that will
be introduced, banning the sale of handguns. According to the New York Post, Prime Minister
Justin Trudeau has announced that “It will no longer be possible to buy, sell, transfer or import
handguns anywhere in Canada. In other words, we’re capping the market for handguns.”.

The national “freeze” of firearms was announced Monday, following the mass shootings that
occurred in the United States, specifically the ones at Robb Elementary and at a supermarket in
Buffalo, New York. Parliament is expected to pass the bill without contest, and the bill will be
enacted this fall. Many in Canada are supportive of this bill, such as Minister of Emergency
Preparedness, Bill Blair. Blair told the New York Post that owning a gun in Canada is a privilege,
not a right, and that aspect is what “differentiates ourselves from many other countries in the
world, notably our colleagues and friends to the south. In Canada, guns are only intended to be
used for hunting and sport purposes.”. The US has followed in pursuit, as Biden has called on
US lawmakers to do something about gun control reforms as well.

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