Canadians Divided on Banning Handguns, Assault-Style Firearms: Consultation

Canadians Divided on Banning Handguns, Assault-Style Firearms: Consultation

By The Canadian Press

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Physicians and health workers protesting in Toronto, walk past a volunteer from the anti-gun group “Silence the Violence and Shun the Guns,” on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)

OTTAWA — A newly released summary of federal consultations says Canadians have wildly diverging views on banning handguns and assault-style firearms.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair last August to study the possibility of such a ban shortly after a shooting spree in Toronto.

The report released today says opinions expressed during in-person discussions and through written submissions both opposed and supported a ban.

In contrast, most people who responded to a questionnaire were against a ban.

The report says many participants felt strongly that a ban would target law-abiding owners, rather than illicit firearms, and would not reduce gang violence.

As a result, many called for beefing up police and border services, as well as harsher punishments for firearms trafficking and gun-related crime.

CP - The Canadian Press



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