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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has introduced a bill banning all handgun sales in Canada just days after mass shootings rocked America.
Trudeau is pictured with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington, DC on Nov. 18, 2021.
When Trudeau's new bill is enacted this fall it will be illegal to sell, trade, transport, or import handguns in Canada.
Canada already has legislation in place to halt the sales of all military-style rifles including AR-15 assault rifles.
The legislation will also allow authorities to seize firearms owned by people involved in domestic violence incidents.
Canada plans to offer a mandatory gun buyback program beginning at the end of 2022.
These measures are being taken in Canada after two troubled teenagers fatally shot 31 innocent Americans in two states. Their weapons of choice were assault rifles.
At least 39 people were killed over the Memorial Day holiday weekend in America.
House Democrats will take up gun violence legislation this week. The U.S. Supreme Court will also hear gun rights cases.
19 children and their two teachers were killed in a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 24. The federal government is considering razing the school and building a more secure structure at another location.
And on May 14, a gunman shot and killed 10 shoppers at a supermarket in Buffalo, NY. The teenage shooter expressed white supremacist views online and specifically targeted minorities.
Vice President Harris spoke at the funeral for 86-year-old Ruth Whitfield, the last Tops supermarket victim to be laid to rest on Saturday.
Harris said there is an "epidemic of hate" in America. She called for a ban on assault rifles, which she referred to as "a weapon of war".
"I do believe that our nation right now is experiencing an epidemic of hate," Harris said.
Later she told reporters, "An assault weapon is a weapon of war, with no place, no place in a civil society."
American voters say Harris should be the first woman president if she convinces lawmakers to ban assault rifles, which serve no useful purpose other than to enrich greedy gun dealers.