Canada bans handgun imports


Toronto – The Canadian government will ban The import of handguns into the country, officials said Friday, is the latest in a series of gun control measures under Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

With the vast majority of pistols in Canada being imported, the ban effectively limits the number of these guns already in the country to the current level without banning them outright.

The move, announced by Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino and Secretary of State Melanie Jolie, follows a bill introduced by the government in May to implement a “national freeze” on the purchase, import, sale and transfer of handguns.

The regulatory measure announced Friday allows the government to enforce that freeze without waiting for Parliament, which is in summer recess until September, to pass that legislation. It is expected to go into effect in two weeks, reducing the window for gun stores to stockpile merchandise.

The local media has mentioned Handgun sales have skyrocketed since the Trudeau government announced the freeze, prompting some lawmakers to express concern about the flock to handguns from legal gun owners looking to stock them before the legislation is passed.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new gun control legislation on May 30 that would put in place a “national freeze” on the import, purchase or sale of handguns. (Video: Reuters)

Gun control has broad support here. But critics say the focus on limiting handgun ownership unfairly targets law-abiding owners while doing little to eradicate the root problem: guns illegally smuggled across the border.

Toronto police chief said in November that nearly 80 percent of the firearms involved in gun violence in Canada’s most populous city come from the United States, which he noted has an important gun culture, making it a “very difficult” case. to treat it.

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“The biggest problem we have in the city is the volume of guns coming across the border,” said Commander James Ramir.

The legislation introduced in May, known as C-21, also includes “red flag” laws that would allow judges to temporarily remove firearms from people deemed a danger to themselves or others, remove gun licenses from people who have committed violence and tighten Sanctions on arms smuggling and trafficking.

Both the legislation and the ban include exemptions for those, such as armed security guards, who hold a carry permit as part of their employment, those with a carry permit for protection, and athletes and trainers licensed for high performance sports shooting.

Canada imported more than $28.2 million in handguns and handguns in 2021, according to government data, with nearly two-thirds of that volume from the United States. Total imports were up 7.7 percent from the previous year, but were down from a peak of $34.7 million in 2018.

Canadian trauma surgeons have called for gun control. The gun groups had an NRA-style response.

Mass shootings are relatively rare here compared to the United States, but the rate of gun-related homicides has been rising since 2013, according to data from Statistics Canada.

The state statistics agency reported that more than 60 percent of violent firearm-related crimes in urban centers in 2020 involved handguns. But it also said there were “many loopholes” and limitations in the data, including “the source of the firearms used in the crime” and “whether the gun used in the crime was stolen, illegally purchased, or smuggled into the country.” No county requires investigators to send in guns used in tracing crimes.

The Canada Border Services Agency said it seized 1,203 weapons from 2021 to 2022. frustrated An attempt to smuggle 11 handguns across the border from Michigan to Ontario using a six-rotor drone.

some 2.2 million people in Canada are licensed to own firearmsIn 2020, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police reported that there were more than 1.1 million firearms registered.

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Trudeau’s government pledged stricter gun control measures during last year’s federal election campaign.

In 2020, Trudeau announced a ban on 1,500 types and models of “military-style offensive weapons,” after a A gunman disguised as a police officer attacked across Nova Scotia Over two days of the weekend, buildings were set on fire and 22 people including an RCMP officer were set ablaze in Canada’s deadliest mass shooting.

Last week, the government set the amount it is proposing to compensate gun owners who turn in those guns under a mandatory buyback program.

During hearings in this year’s public inquiry into the “causes, context and circumstances” of the Nova Scotia attack, evidence was presented as to the origin of the shooter’s large cache of weapons.

Gabriel Wortman, a dentist, did not possess a firearms license and obtained his weapons illegally. The commission heard that there were “two, possibly three” cases, in which the police received information about his access to firearms. Little, if anything, was done, according to testimony.

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Many of the guns have been traced and sourced to Maine Armory. A friend there told police that Wortman took one or more of the pistols without his knowledge or permission, while giving the shooter a Ruger P89 “as a token of gratitude” for his help “clear trees and other odd jobs in his house.”

The AR-15 came from a California gun shop, but Wortman first saw it at a Maine gun show and someone else bought it for him. Witnesses told police after the shooting that Wortman would disassemble the firearms and wrap them in the lid of his pickup truck for smuggling across the border.

Wortman was shot dead by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at a service area in Enfield, Nova Scotia, ending his rampage. Police have not charged any of the people who helped him obtain the weapons, including those who may have violated US laws.