(CNSNews.com) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants to make it illegal to buy, sell, transfer or import handguns anywhere in Canada, but don’t expect to see a ban on the sale of handguns in the United States, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Tuesday.
Trudeau’s liberal government introduced legislation on Monday that would put a freeze on importing, buying, and selling handguns. That along with expanding the country’s red flag law would result in the toughest gun restrictions that Canada has seen in 40 years.
The only exception would be for relevant businesses and for people with a handgun license who can prove that they need it for protection or for their profession.
“Canada is making impossible to buy, sell, transfer, or import handguns anywhere in that country. Would President Biden ever consider a similar restriction on handguns here?” Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy asked Jean-Pierre.
“So we’ll leave it up to other countries to set their policy on gun ownership,” the press secretary said.
“The president has made his position clear. The United States needs to act, as I just laid out. He supports a ban on sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and expanded background checks to keep guns out of the dangerous hands. He does not support a ban on the sale of all handguns to answer your question,” she added.