Canada introduces law to freeze handgun sales, ban look-alike toys – Reuters Canada
Canada’s government introduced legislation Monday to ban some toys that look like guns and limit magazine capacities. The measures came just a week after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers in Texas.
The new legislation, which resurrects some measures that were shelved last year amid a national election, comes just a week after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers in their classroom in Uvalde, Texas.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters that new measures were needed as gun violence was increasing.
Canada’s gun homicide rate is higher than other rich countries and has been rising since 1997.
The government wants to freeze handgun sales, but there will be exceptions for elite sports shooters, Olympic athletes, and security guards.
Canada banned the sale and use of 1,500 models of assault weapons in the wake of a mass shooting in Nova Scotia and is now launching a program to buy back and compensate owners.
The planned legislation would ban people with protection orders and those involved in domestic violence and stalking from obtaining or keeping a firearms license. It would also ban some toys that look like real guns.
Firearms are federally regulated in Canada. It is illegal for anyone, except the police and the military, to possess automatic weapons and sawed-off shotguns and rifles. It is illegal to have hunting rifles and shotguns without a firearms acquisition certificate.
The court may prohibit people who have committed serious crimes from possessing firearms.
The law allows police to search and seize undocumented weapons and enter gun owners’ homes to inspect collections for secure storage.
The minimum age to possess a firearm is 18, and a violation carries a prison term of up to two years.
Tom Stamatakis, president of the Canadian Police Association, welcomed some of the moves and said enforcement of the handgun freeze and crackdown on fake guns were a challenge.
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- Canadian prime minister proposes ‘national freeze’ on handgun sales NBC News