After Trudeau proposes freeze, Canadian handgun sales soar

After Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s proposal to freeze pistol sales, handgun sales have skyrocketed in the country.

Following a series of high-profile mass shootings in the United States, the Trudeau government introduced legislation that would freeze the import, purchase or sale of handguns.

Shortly after making the announcement, several gun stores across the province of British Columbia saw lineups at the door. Not only that, other stores across Canada said they sold out within days.

Jen Lavigne, co-owner of That Hunting Store, told AFP news agency that “sales have been strong”.

“We have sold 100 handguns, almost all of our stock, in the last three days since the prime minister announced the freeze,” she added.

“The government announcement has caused panic and people are now rushing to buy handguns,” according to DoubleTap Sports owner Josko Kovic.

Canada, which has a population of 38 million, has 2,500 stores that sell pistols and there are over a million handguns in the country.

Canadians have grown wary of getting bogged down in new rules that carry heavy penalties for even minor infractions, even if some of them want to buy a gun.

Along with a border crackdown on gun smuggling from the United States, the new regulations in Canada are expected to go into effect in the fall.

An 18-year-old had killed 21 people, including 19 children and two teachers at a Texas elementary school after shooting his own grandmother.

(With agency contributions)

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