Canada's Trudeau proposes national freeze on handgun ownership

Canada's Trudeau proposes national freeze on handgun ownership

May 31, 2022 by World -

Key Facts

  • Canada already has plans to ban 1,500 types of military-style firearms and offer a mandatory buyback program that will begin at the end of the year.
  • Canada has had far fewer mass shootings than the U.S. in part because of a lack of easy access to guns, though the U.S. population also is far larger than Canada's.
  • The Reuters news agency notes that Canada's rate of homicides involving firearms is 0.5 per 100,000 people, compared with the rate of 4.12 in the U.S., according to a 2021 analysis by the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
  • The government said the bill would also allow for the removal of gun licenses from people involved in acts of domestic violence or criminal harassment, such as stalking.

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