Ottawa will use the regulations to ban imports of handguns in two weeks

The Canadian Press

Posted Friday, August 5, 2022 11:28 a.m. EDT

Last updated Friday, August 5, 2022 at 11:28 a.m. EDT

OTTAWA — Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino says Canada is considering temporarily banning the importation of handguns into the country without parliamentary approval, using a regulatory measure that will come into effect in two weeks.

The change will last until a permanent freeze is passed in Parliament and comes into force.

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

The temporary ban will stop businesses from importing handguns into Canada, with some exceptions that mirror those in the bill introduced in May.

As Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly says she has the power to prohibit any import or export permit in Canada.

Government trade data shows that Canada imported $26.4 million worth of pistols and revolvers between January and June, a 52% increase over the same period last year.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 5, 2022.

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