A new law announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stops people from buying, selling or transferring handguns within Canada.
Canada bans sales of new handguns
Regulations prohibiting the sale, purchase or transfer of handguns within Canada has taken effect, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the measure builds on earlier efforts banning handgun imports.
The handgun freeze was announced in May alongside proposed legislation that would implement the nation’s strongest gun control measures in 40 years as part of Trudeau’s plan to tackle gun violence, his office said.
But the freeze was criticised by the government of the western province of Alberta, which has previously said it will resist other gun control measures proposed by Ottawa.
“We have frozen the market for handguns in this country,” Trudeau said on Friday at a news conference in Surrey, British Columbia, attended by family members of gun violence victims and other advocates.