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Trudeau government to ban handgun imports without parliamentary approval

OTTAWA, Ont. (AP) — Canada plans to temporarily ban the import of handguns into the country without parliamentary approval, using a regulatory measure that will take effect in two weeks.

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said on Friday the change will last until a permanent freeze is passed in parliament and takes effect.

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

The temporary ban will stop businesses from importing handguns into Canada, with some exceptions that mirror those in the legislation 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 C$26.4 million worth of pistols and revolvers between January and June, a 52% increase over the same period last year.

But much of the little gun violence in Canada is the result of illegal weapons smuggled in from the United States.

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