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By Ismail Shakil and Anna Mehler Paperny
OTTAWA (Reuters) -Canada’s federal government presented legislation Monday to execute a “national freeze” on the sale and purchase of pistols as part of a weapon control bundle that would likewise restrict publication capabilities and prohibit some toys that appear like weapons.
The brand-new legislation, which reanimates some steps that were shelved in 2015 amidst a nationwide election, comes simply a week after a shooter eliminated 19 kids and 2 instructors in their class in Uvalde, Texas.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau informed press reporters the brand-new steps were required as weapon violence was increasing.
“We need only look south of the border to know that if we do not take action firmly and rapidly it gets worse and worse and gets more difficult to counter,” he stated.
The pistol freeze would include exceptions, consisting of for elite sport shooters, Olympic professional athletes and guard. Canadians who currently own pistols would be enabled to keep them.
Authorities do not anticipate an operate on pistols in anticipation of the freeze, in part since they are so greatly controlled currently, an authorities stated in a rundown.
Canada has more powerful weapon legislation than the United States however while its weapon murder rate is less than one-fifth the U.S. rate it is greater than that of other abundant nations and has actually been increasing. In 2020 it was 5 times Australia’s rate.
The rate in each of 2020 and 2017 was the nation’s greatest given that a minimum of 1997, according to Statistics Canada.
Canada prohibited the sale and usage of some 1,500 designs of attack weapons, like the AR-15 rifle, 2 years earlier in the wake of a mass shooting in Portapique, Nova Scotia – a relocation some guns owners state they are objecting to in court. Speaking along with Trudeau, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino verified the “imminent launch of the initial phase” of a program to redeem and compensate owners of such weapons.
While the Liberals have a minority of seats in Parliament, the legislation might pass with the assistance of the left-leaning New Democratic Party.
The prepared legislation would avoid anybody based on a security order or who has actually participated in domestic violence or stalking from getting or keeping a guns license.
It will likewise need long-gun publications to be completely modified so they can never ever hold more than 5 rounds and will prohibit the sale and transfer of large-capacity publications.
The brand-new laws would likewise prohibit some toys that appear like genuine weapons, such as airsoft rifles. Last week Toronto authorities shot and eliminated a male bring a pellet weapon.
“Because they look the same as real firearms, police need to treat them as if they are real. This has led to tragic consequences,” Justice Minister David Lametti informed press reporters.
Tom Stamatakis, president of the Canadian Police Association, invited a few of the relocations, such as the “red flag” arrangements when it comes to domestic violence, and stated he would like more info on enforcement and resources for steps such as the pistol freeze.
He entirely supported a crackdown on phony weapons, which he stated were a “big challenge.”
“You cannot distinguish between what’s a replica firearm and what’s a real firearm, particularly when these incidences involving replica firearms occur often in very dynamic, quickly evolving circumstances.”
Rod Giltaca, the head of the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights, stated the pistol freeze was “absurd.”
He stated authorities were not utilizing the tools they currently needed to take on weapon violence, such as calling individuals noted as recommendations on weapon license applications.