Trudeau Officially Freezes Handguns

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Canada’s new rules regarding handguns go into effect on Friday, putting into place restrictions on handguns inside of the country and expanding on previous attempts to prevent imports.

“We have frozen the market for handguns in this country,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a press conference in Surrey, British Columbia.

“When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace.” Luke 11:21

“As we see gun violence continue to rise … we have an obligation to take action,” Trudeau noted. “Today our national handgun freeze is coming into force.”

“Our government is taking Canada’s most significant action on gun violence in a generation. We made a commitment to Canadians that we would act — and we are. The national freeze will tackle the alarming role of handguns in crime, gender-based violence, and more,” Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino said in a statement.

The new rules prevent the purchase, sale, or transfer of handguns within the nation. It was announced earlier this year along with proposed measures that would put forward the strictest gun control actions in Canada in four decades. The legislation is still being considered in Parliament. No newly obtained handguns are allowed to be brought into Canada from another country as well.

“Fewer guns mean safer communities,” the prime minister’s website noted. “Handguns are the weapon of choice in most firearm-related crimes, which is why limiting the number of handguns is a critical part of our plan to protect Canadians from gun violence.”

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