Allowing cities to ban handguns 'misses the mark': Windsor mayor

Tanya Simon
February 18, 2021

Individuals who violate these municipal by-laws would be subject to federal penalties, including licence revocation and criminal sanctions.

Such bylaws could forbid keeping handguns at home, meaning they would have to be stored at a licensed business, or they might go further by outlawing handguns anywhere in a municipality. Toronto Mayor John Tory also welcomed the news, noting that city council in the country's largest metropolis supports a national ban on handguns.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the goal of the legislation is to get military-grade assault style weapons out of the hands of criminals, however Dave Landles does not believe it will happen that way.

He's concerned some municipalities will opt-in for the law and others will opt-out, creating a patchwork of guns laws without the proper tools to enforce them.

"One Canadian killed by gun violence is one too many", said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he announced the introduction of new legislation to fight gun smuggling and firearm violence.

Some groups have urged the government to make the buyback mandatory - like programs in Australia and New Zealand - to ensure as many banned guns as possible were turned in. "They can't be shot, they can't be traded, they can't be transported, they can't be sold and they can't be bequeathed", he explains.

"This is a huge win for the gun lobby", said Heidi Rathjen who was on the Polytechnique campus when the massacre occurred.

Trudeau and Blair admitted the government, through the RCMP regime that tracks firearms, does not know even how numerous weapons there are in the country.

The government says they will spend hundreds of millions of dollars in a voluntary buy-back program. They lied to us.

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Some gun owners strongly oppose the ban of about 1,500 firearm models and variants altogether and seek to overturn it through the courts.

Conservative public safety critic Shannon Stubbs accused the government of taking firearms away from law-abiding citizens, saying the legislation "does nothing to stop unsafe criminals and gangs who obtain their guns illegally".

Reacting to the news, the CCFR denounced the legislation as political pandering, adding that it will do little to curb gun violence across the country.

The Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights dismissed the bill as simple electioneering that uses licensed gun owners as fodder to mobilize the Liberal party's base.

Additional measures to protect Canadians from gun violence include the creation of new offences for altering the cartridge magazine component of a firearm and depicting violence in firearms advertising, introducing tighter restrictions on imports of ammunition, and ensuring the prohibition of imports, exports, sales, and transfers of all replica firearms.

"We are also introducing strong new measures that virtually eliminate all legal use of these weapons, which will create a very strong incentive to voluntarily surrender them for compensation", said Blair.

"Today's announcement builds on the important measures our government has already taken to keep Canadians safe within their communities", said Justice Minister and Attorney General David Lametti.

"This is a comprehensive bill that, if enacted, will save lives", said Dr. Najma Ahmed, co-Chair of CDPG and trauma surgeon at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.

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