Posted September 4, 2018 7:30 am by Comments

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


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