Trudeau Liberals' ban on handgun imports set to take effect August 19

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In May, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed that his government would be moving to implement a national freeze on handgun ownership, essentially making it impossible to buy, sell, transfer, or import of firearms in Canada.

On Friday, the Liberals announced that the temporary ban on handgun imports would be taking effect on August 18 as a “stopgap” while the more comprehensive national freeze moves through the legislative process.

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino and Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly held a joint press conference in Etobicoke on Friday to discuss the move, which according to CTV News, was pushed through without the approval of Parliament.

“There’s no doubt that there is a very pressing issue that lies before us,” Mendicino began, “and that is the need, the necessity to eradicate gun violence, one of the most pernicious and complex social harms that we see visited upon our communities every day.”

He went on to announce that in order to hasten the implementation of the handgun freeze laid out in Bill C-21, “nearly all individuals and businesses in Canada will be banned from importing handguns” beginning August 19.

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