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Ottawa Announces Temporary Handgun Import Ban, Permanent Freeze Coming

The federal government will temporarily ban Canadian handgun imports starting on Aug. 19, says Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino.
At a press conference in Etobicoke, Ontario, on Aug. 5, Mendicino said the temporary ban will stop “nearly all individuals and businesses in Canada” from importing handguns.
“Given that nearly all our handguns are imported, this means that we’re bringing our national handgun freeze into effect even sooner,” he said.
The ban will bypass the need for Parliament’s approval by using a regulatory measure enacted by Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly and will stay in effect until Parliament permanently freezes handgun imports, Mendicino said….

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