Trudeau Govt Bans Gun Imports Without Parliamentary Approval

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada plans to temporarily ban handgun imports into the country without parliament approval, using a regulatory measure that will come into effect in two weeks.

Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino said on Friday the change will last until a permanent freeze is passed in Parliament and takes effect.

The government introduced gun control legislation in May that includes a national freeze on the import, purchase, sale and transfer of handguns into Canada, but it has not yet been passed.

The temporary ban will prevent companies from importing handguns into Canada, with a few exceptions that match those in the legislation introduced in May.

As Secretary of State, Melanie Joly says she has the power to ban any import or export license in Canada.

Government trade data shows that Canada imported $26.4 million worth of Canadian pistols and revolvers between January and June, an increase of 52 percent from the same period last year.

But much of the little gun violence there is in Canada is through illegal weapons smuggled out of the United States.

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