Canada Imposes Gun Import Ban Without Parliamentary Approval


A ban on importing handguns to Canada passed by the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau without a parliamentary vote has come into effect as part of a broader crackdown on gun rights.

The Trudeau government announced that imports of handguns to Canada would be halted earlier this month, with Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino stating that the current ban is temporary until a permanent ban can be passed in the Canadian parliament.

On Friday the import ban came into effect, ostensibly to limit the number of handguns coming into Canada, the CBC reports.

According to the Canadian government, handguns were the most frequent type of firearm used in shootings between 2009 and 2020, and between 2010 and 2020 the number of registered legal firearms increased by 71 percent.