Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to buy back assault-style firearms and place a freeze on handguns in response to the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
What are the details?
According to a report from the Washington Post, Canada introduced gun control legislation that would prompt a "national freeze" on purchasing, importing, and transferring handguns.
The bill would also include red-flag laws that would permit judges to at least temporarily remove firearms from at-risk people and enact a mandatory buyback program offering compensation to any owners of banned firearms.
In a statement on the legislation, Trudeau said, “We recognize that the vast majority of gun owners in this country are responsible and follow all necessary laws. We are, however, facing a level of gun violence in our communities that is unacceptable.”
“Unfortunately, the reality is in our country [gun violence] is getting worse and has been getting worse over the past years,” Trudeau continued. “We need only look south of the border to know that if we do not take action, firmly and rapidly, it gets worse and worse and more difficult to counter.”