Blair launches con­sul­ta­tions on pos­si­ble ban on hand­guns, as­sault weapons

The Expositor (Brantford) - - ONTARIO NEWS -

OT­TAWA — Bor­der Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Bill Blair is launch­ing a na­tional pub­lic con­ver­sa­tion about whether Canada should ban hand­guns and as­sault weapons.

Blair an­nounced to­day he will lead a se­ries of pub­lic en­gage­ment ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing round­tables and dis­cus­sions with stake­hold­ers to be held over the com­ing weeks.

An on­line portal is also now open for writ­ten sub­mis­sions from the pub­lic un­til Nov. 10.

Blair says the gov­ern­ment wants to hear a di­ver­sity of views on how to re­duce vi­o­lent crime in Canada and whether a ban on hand­guns and as­sault weapons would be the best way to ad­dress the prob­lem.

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau asked Blair to lead the pub­lic probe into a pos­si­ble ban af­ter a se­ries of deadly gun in­ci­dents this year, in­clud­ing a mass shoot­ing on Toronto’s Dan­forth Av­enue in July that killed an 18-year-old and a 10-year-old girl and in­jured 13 oth­ers.

Mon­treal and Toronto city coun­cils have called on Ot­tawa to im­ple­ment bans on hand­guns and as­sault weapons.

SEAN KIL­PATRICK/THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Bor­der Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Bill Blair, cen­tre, is launch­ing a na­tional pub­lic con­ver­sa­tion about whether Canada should ban hand­guns and as­sault weapons, fol­low­ing through on a com­mit­ment in his man­date let­ter.

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