Canada to study ban on handguns, ‘assault weapons’
By Chris Eger
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, leader of the country’s Liberal Party, is listening to calls from Montreal and Toronto to study more gun control (Photo: Adam Scotti/Prime Minister’s Office)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has reportedly instructed a newly appointed government minister to examine a sweeping gun ban.
As part of a series of mandate letters issued to new ministers, Trudeau tasked Bill Blair, who recently agreed to serve as Canada’s Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, to “play a leading role in our efforts to reduce gun violence.”
Among Blair’s marching orders: support the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness on the passage of Bill C-71, a controversial piece of gun control legislation in Parliament and lead a study on “a full ban on handguns and assault weapons in Canada, while not impeding the lawful use of firearms by Canadians.”
The move comes after a gunman killed two and injured more than a dozen in a shooting in Toronto, Canada’s largest city, in July. In the immediate aftermath, Toronto Mayor John Tory asked why “anyone” needs to have a gun and joined with city officials in an effort to ban handguns in the city. Montreal lawmakers followed up on Toronto’s effort