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Trudeau announced plans to stop buying guns in Canada

The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau speaks at a news conference on gun control law introduced today, May 30, 2022, in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. REUTERS / Blair Cables

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday his government was going to introduce a “national freeze” bill on gun rights. And to prevent people from buying and selling guns anywhere in the country.

The bill is yet to be passed in parliament, with the ruling Liberals winning only a minority of seats.

Introduced legislation to enforce a national freeze on gun possessionTrudeau told a news conference that dozens of family members and friends of victims of gun violence had joined.

“This means that guns can no longer be bought, sold, exchanged or imported anywhere in Canada,” he said. “In other words, we control the market for guns.”

In April 2020, 23 days after the worst mass shooting in Canada, 23 people were killed in rural Nova Scotia. The government banned 1,500 types of assault or military-grade firearms.

But Trudeau admitted Monday that gun violence continues to escalate.

EPA / ERIK S. Laser / File
EPA / ERIK S. Laser / File

The government statistics agency said last week Violent gun-related crimes make up less than three percent of all violent crimes in Canada.

But since 2009, The individual rate of gun crimes has nearly tripled, while the rate of shooters with intent to kill or injure has increased fivefold..

Nearly two-thirds of gun crimes in urban areas involve guns.

Police often flagged abductions from the United StatesIt is recovering from the latest Shooting at a Texas school And at a supermarket in New York State, as the main source of firearms.

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Public Defense Minister Marco Mendicino estimated that there were about one million pistols in the country, a significant increase over a decade ago.

Trudeau commented: “People should be free to go to the supermarket, school or place of worship without fear. People should be free to go to the park or birthday party without worrying about what will happen to the wrong bullet.

“Gun violence is a complex problem,” he said. “But at the end of the day, the math is very simple: The fewer guns in our communities, the safer everyone will be.

The proposed law would eliminate those who engage in domestic violence or pursue their firearms licenses, and take away firearms from those who are considered a danger to themselves or others, and strengthen border security and enforcement. Criminal charges for arms smuggling.

This will also ban longer gun chargers Capable of holding more than five bullets.

(With information from AFP)

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