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Canada to temporarily ban import of handguns

Canada is to ban imports of handguns - part of a move that could see a total freeze on their purchase and sale.
 
The temporary ban - starting on August 19 - will be enforced until Parliament passes strict new rules.
 
The government's proposed total ban, unveiled in May, follows outrage over several deadly shootings.
 
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proposed the legislation - known as bill C-21 - days after the Texas primary school shooting in the US which killed 21 people.
 
The bill would make it impossible to buy, sell, transfer or import handguns anywhere in the country.
 
Unlike in the US, gun ownership is not enshrined in Canada's constitution, but firearms are still popular, especially in rural parts of the country.
 
                                     


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