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OTTAWA (LifeSiteNews) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced plans for legislation to freeze handgun sales.

“What this means is that it will no longer be possible to buy, sell, transfer, or import handguns anywhere in Canada,” Trudeau said at Monday’s press briefing.

“We’re capping the market for handguns,” he underscored.

Magazines for long-guns must also be altered to carry no more than five bullets. The legislation would also create a “red flag” law that allows for gun confiscation of individuals if a court deems someone a risk.

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There were approximately 900,000 handguns owned by Canadians as of 2018, according to a report by the government. Two years ago, Canada banned over 1,500 “military-style assault firearms” the prime minister’s office stated in a news release. Canada will soon begin a buyback from owners of the “assault firearms.”

“The vast majority of gun owners use them safely and in accordance with the law, but other than using firearms for sport shooting and hunting, there is no reason anyone in Canada should need guns in their every day lives, and Canadians certainly don’t need assault-style weapons that were designed to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time,” Trudeau said at the press conference.

“Canadians are united in wanting more done to keep communities safe and prevent suicides and gender-based violence, and that’s exactly why we’re here today,” Trudeau said.

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