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Canada to ban handgun imports: minister

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Canada announced Friday it will ban the import of handguns beginning on August 19, as part of a wider proposed freeze in the wake of high-profile mass shootings in the United States.

Such guns "have one purpose and one purpose only and that is to kill people," Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino told a press briefing announcing the move.

Global Affairs Canada added in a statement that the ban for businesses and individuals was a temporary measure, set to "last until the national freeze comes into force," which is expected to happen by the fall.

The announcement was welcomed by arms control group PolySeSouvient, which called it an "important and innovative measure that will undoubtedly slow the expansion of the Canadian handgun market pending the passage" of the handgun freeze.

But the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights called the move "yet another abuse of process for political reasons," saying the way to ensure public safety would be to ban illegal, not legal handgun imports.

"They are prohibiting licensed and vetted Canadians from legally owning handguns of which they have for over 100 years in Canada."

Experts remain skeptical about the effectiveness of gun control measures taken by Ottawa, pointing to the smuggling of guns from the neighboring United States as the real problem.

On Wednesday, the Canada Border Services Agency announced two major seizures in western Canada of "ghost guns," which have no serial numbers and are difficult to trace.

From January 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022, CBSA Pacific Region seized 581 firearms at ports of entry and in international mailings.

Friday's announcement comes months after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled a proposed national handgun ownership freeze in May.

The freeze was announced after two particularly high-profile mass shootings in the United States -- at a Texas elementary school where 21 people, mostly children, were killed; and at a New York state supermarket, where a gunman targeting African Americans killed 10 people.

Trudeau's statement prompted Canadians to flock to gun stores and rapid sell-offs of inventory.

According to government estimates, there are more than one million handguns in Canada, which has a population of 38 million.

Some 2,500 stores sell handguns in the country.

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This will not have any effect on the lower mainland gang conflict.

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Excellent!!..

Like any good, peaceful, decent, modern, intelligent, democratic country...

Without rusty mentalities from 300 years ago..

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Canada can do what it wants and conduct its laws the way it wants, good for them and have no problems with it, I’m not Canadian so it doesn’t involve me or my country.

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Canada can do what it wants and conduct its laws the way it wants, good for them and have no problems with it, I’m not Canadian so it doesn’t involve me or my country.

Thank you for that insightful statement!

Canada is doing right, most citizens do not need guns and should not be allowed access to them!

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Thank you for that insightful statement!

No worries

Canada is doing right, most citizens do not need guns and should not be allowed access to them!

If that’s what they want, it’s their country, they do as they wish. Again, doesn’t matter to me, I’m not Canadian

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The US should ban the export of all handguns.

The U.S. Is Flooding the World With Guns. Congress Can Stop That.

https://stopusarmstomexico.org/u-s-gun-companies-post-record-exports/

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The US should ban the export of all handguns.

The U.S. Is Flooding the World With Guns. Congress Can Stop That.

Then tell the countries that want to purchase them to stop buying them

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Canada once again proving it is a world leader in creating a free society for their citizens where they can roam free without daily mass shootings.

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Freedom rings in Canada.

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The freeze was announced after two particularly high-profile mass shootings in the United States -- at a Texas elementary school where 21 people, mostly children, were killed; and at a New York state supermarket, where a gunman targeting African Americans killed 10 people.

Neither of which involved a handgun.

At any rate, it will be interesting to see the effectiveness of this, with the recent spate of shootings in Canada. Given that a lot of it is gang related, I tend to agree with the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights who said, "the way to ensure public safety would be to ban illegal, not legal handgun imports," although I find the wording a bit strange, as I'm pretty sure "illegal" handguns are already banned, by definition.

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A very sensible decision by Canada. Now if only the US would also ban citizens from having handguns.

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Smart move by Canada.

Now only the outlaws will have handguns there.

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Neither of which involved a handgun.

So? Why wait? There is zero necessity for any Canadian to have a handgun. I was talking to a Canadian here the other day who said that anyone carrying an illegal handgun smuggled from America should get a minimum 10 year sentence just for the smuggled handgun, then add any crimes on top.

These Canadians are serious. They've seen the mess that America has become with guns, they see American guns being smuggled into Canada, and they've had enough of it.

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So? Why wait?

I'm just not sure that laws made in knee-jerk reactions to extreme events (especially ones that occur in other countries) are always the wisest course of action.

There is zero necessity for any Canadian to have a handgun

And yet, there are more than one million handguns in Canada. There must be some need. I'm sure there's no necessity for a Canadian to own a car that is capable of breaking the speed limits, but you can still buy one.

These Canadians are serious. They've seen the mess that America has become with guns, they see American guns being smuggled into Canada, and they've had enough of it.

So strengthen the border, and crack down on illegal importers. Why are those who legally own and use handguns punished because of other people's illegal activities?

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A handgun against a bear? Not the right tool, you need a hunting rifle. 

Absolutely, but when needs must. Definitely better than a baseball bat.

Regarding a firearm wielding intruder - such a thing wouldn't exist if all firearm owners were responsible.

As you rightly say, they are not, but that's a vetting issue. I'm all for increased scrutiny over gun ownership. But criminals who, I hate to say it - don't give a damn about your handgun ban, certainly aren't. So rather than make a phone call and hope the (armed) police show up in time... .

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Some 2,500 stores sell handguns in the country.

Licensed and registered and all above board. Now that market simply shifts underground.

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They will if they face 10 years in jail just for being caught with an illegal handgun

I disagree, there. There are countries with the death penalty, but crime still occurs there. 

Sorry, I should have quoted:

They will if they face 10 years in jail just for being caught with an illegal handgun. You'll find they'll find alternative ways to deal with it.

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Driving is a privilege, one that benefits society.

Breaking the speed limit doesn't benefit society, yet cars which can are perfectly legal to own, which was my point.

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Essentially I'm objecting to the Canadian government saying this:

Criminals using handguns is a problem, therefore we will stop selling handguns to people who aren't criminals.

I don't think it's the solution, but I'll be happy to be proved wrong. Good luck, eh.

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I agree that a handgun would be preferable to a bat, but it's unreasonable to expect society to allow the deaths of its citizens by handguns, just in case someone runs into a bear while carrying one.

Again, not my only example. I'd also add cougars and wolves and even the occasional angry moose to bears and armed intruders or attackers.

No, but a society where you can walk around, free of being worried of being shot in a mass shooting, is a free society. So remove handguns, it's the only logical step.

But you said that's already true of Canada, without the handgun ban. So what's the point?

And how exactly do you see society functioning without cars?

It did fine before cars. Anyway, it'd certainly function without people breaking the speed limit. You're avoiding the issue.

I think you just made that up, I can't find any reference to the government having made this claim.

Love that argument. They didn't use exactly those words, therefore that's not what they intended. I'm paraphrasing. But that's precisely what they are doing by banning the legal importation and sale of handguns.

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Essentially I'm objecting to the Canadian government saying this:

Criminals using handguns is a problem, therefore we will stop selling handguns to people who aren't criminals.

Until you use the gun, you aren't a criminal, so that makes no sense.

What they are actually saying is, that handguns are involved in the majority of firearm-related violent crimes, so we will ban handguns.

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