Biden wouldn’t support Trudeau-style handgun ban in US: White House

As Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prepares to introduce legislation that would impose a nationwide freeze on handgun ownership, the White House has clarified that President Joe Biden does not plan to take similar action in the future. south of the border and did not support such a ban in the United States either.

“He does not support banning the sale of all handguns,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters during Tuesday’s briefing.

Trudeau on Monday proposed new rules to drastically restrict the number of handguns in circulation in Canada, saying “this means that it will no longer be possible to buy, sell, transfer or import firearms. fist anywhere” in the country.

Jean-Pierre said Tuesday that while Biden would leave it to Canada to determine its own gun laws, the president would prefer to focus on other key pieces of legislation — outside of a handgun ban — who would fight gun violence across the country.

The White House says President Joe Biden will not support a ban on all handguns in the United States Biden speaks to the media on the South Lawn of the White House on May 30, 2022 in Washington, DC
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“He supports banning the sale of assault weapons and large capacity magazines and expanding background checks to keep firearms out of dangerous hands,” she said, adding that the administration “would leave it up to other countries to set their policy on gun ownership.” .”

Trudeau has taken advantage of the recent mass shootings in the United States to further restrict guns in Canada. His announcement comes less than a week after a deadly school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, in which 19 children and two teachers were killed by a gunman.

“We only have to look south of the border to know that if we don’t act, firmly and quickly, it gets worse and worse and harder and harder to deal with,” Trudeau said Monday.

“As a government, as a society, we have a responsibility to act to prevent further tragedies,” he added.

Canada has significantly stricter gun laws than the United States and also has no constitutional right to bear arms.

Trudeau campaigned on a promise to end gun violence in 2019, just a year before the country experienced its deadliest rampage after 22 people were killed by a gunman in Nova Scotia.

After the 2020 shootings, Trudeau introduced rules immediately banning the use and trade of AR-15s and other semi-automatic rifles.

“Canadians need more than thoughts and prayers,” the Prime Minister said at the time. “There is no use – and no place – for such weapons in Canada.”

Meanwhile, lawmakers in the United States are still trying to find a way to pass bipartisan legislation in the wake of the Uvalde shooting.

Sen. Chris Murphy, who has led Democrats’ gun control efforts since the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, said that while “many other Republicans are ready to talk” after last week’s tragedy, the discussions are not as deep as it would make it. As.

“In this room, we’re talking about red flag laws, we’re talking about strengthening, expanding the background check system, even universal background checks,” he told ABC News. This week on Sunday.

“We’re talking about safe storage, and yes, we’re also talking about mental health resources and more dollars for school safety,” Murphy said. “A package that really ultimately could have significant downward pressure on gun violence in this country.”


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