In Sweeping Weapons Bill, Canada Would Allow Cities to Ban Handguns

In Sweeping Weapons Bill, Canada Would Allow Cities to Ban Handguns

OTTAWA — Canada would allow its cities to ban handguns as part of federal legislation that expands on a cabinet order issued last year prohibiting “military-style assault weapons” nationally. The package of sweeping amendments to gun laws would also make it easier for officials to cancel gun licenses and to allow friends and relatives of gun owners who believe there is potential for violence to ask that weapons be taken away. Other restrictions include making it a crime to modify rifles to increase their capacity. The legislation will also expand efforts by police and border officials to limit guns coming from the United States, the source of many illegal weapons in Canada, and increase the criminal penalties for smuggling them. The bill, which is expected to be adopted by Parliament, is the latest step in fulfilling promises Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made after more than 20 people were killed in Nova Scotia last year in the deadliest rampage in the country’s history . Mr. Trudeau said that the government will also soon introduce a previously promised, voluntary buyback program for the guns on its official list of about 1,500 assault weapons. “When it comes to keeping Canadians safe from gun violence, we need more than thoughts and prayers,” Mr. Trudeau told a news conference. “We need concrete action.” Automatic weapons have long been banned in Canada, where no gun may shoot more than five rounds without reloading. But there is no legal definition of a “military-style assault weapon.” The […]

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