Canada bans sale, purchase, and transfer of handguns throughout country

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks on efforts against gun violence.
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The Canadian government officially enacted regulations on Friday banning the sale, purchase, and transfer of all handguns within the country, part of an ongoing effort to reduce gun violence within Canada.

In a press release, the office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that, going forward, "people cannot buy, sell, or transfer handguns within Canada, and they cannot bring newly acquired handguns into the country." This national handgun ban was first proposed by Trudeau this past May following the deadly school shooting in Uvalde, Texas in which 19 children were killed. The ban was introduced alongside Bill C-21, a slate of parliamentary amendments that would amount to the strongest gun control legislation in Canada in 40 years.

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