Canada toughen gun control law

Prime minister calls new legislation ‘common sense gun control’
TRENTON, Canada: Canada introduced legislation Tuesday that triggers the tightening of firearms laws with more thorough background checks for buyers and stringent bookkeeping for gun sellers.
Bill C-71 allows the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to conduct a review of a gun buyer’s life history to help uncover anything that might raise red flags for ownership. Currently, the review is five years.
The bill introduced by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale will also force vendors to keep detailed records of all gun inventories and sales. That includes validating a purchaser’s licence before selling a gun.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised tougher gun laws in his 2015 election campaign and Tuesday made good on his word.
He said the bill is “taking action for common sense gun control, better background checks, and safer communities – while protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners.”
The legislation also toughens rules around the transportation of restricted firearms, such as handguns. Owners would require a special permit to take a restricted weapon anywhere other than a shooting range, for example, a gunsmith or gun show.
Canada takes a much different view of guns than those living south of the country’s border in the U.S.
And Canadians have far fewer guns and gun crimes.
In 2014, it was reported that there are an estimated 270 million firearms in the U.S., according to the research project Small Arms Survey. That is 89 firearms for every 100 residents and makes the U.S. the number one country for gun ownership.
Canada has 31 guns per 100 residents and is 13th in gun ownership.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control reported that in 2011, there were about 11,000 homicides where a gun was used in the U.S. In Canada, the number was 158 that same year.–AA

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