In an interview with The canadian Press, Justin Trudeau has also defended his government’s intention to allow for the prohibition of weapons of fist city-by-city rather than enact a federal ban on radical.
December 21, 2019 14h16
Weapons: Trudeau does not want the provinces to do the obstacle, to the cities
The canadian Press
OTTAWA — The prime minister Justin Trudeau promises not to leave his provincial counterparts to make an obstacle to the plans of municipalities to ban handguns.
In an interview with The canadian Press, Mr. Trudeau has also defended his government’s intention to allow for the prohibition of weapons of fist city-by-city rather than enact a federal ban on radical.
Some of the politicians in the municipal, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, concerned by the shootings, fatal outcomes, have called for measures to control handguns in their cities.
The Trudeau government plans to empower the provinces and cities to take measures to manage the storage and use of handguns on their territory, since they have different needs and different concerns.
“We have heard a number of large cities, to tell us that they wanted to be able to ban handguns within their city,” said Mr. Trudeau. This is something that we hear in some places very specific across the country, but not everywhere across the country. We believe that this would be an important step to go ahead and give the cities and provinces of the ways to do that.”
The group PolySeSouvient, a leading voice for gun control, calls for a ban on handguns at the national level, arguing that local regulations are generally ineffective, as shown in what he called “the mosaic disastrous laws and regulations disparate [scale] of cities and states in the United States.
The “enormous obstacles”
Bans local should also overcome the “huge challenges”, prepared especially by the provincial governments ideologically opposed to the control of firearms. Municipalities must also deal with the whole “a range of complications, legal and judicial,” said the group in an open letter sent to the new minister of public Safety, Bill Blair.
The premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, has already expressed his opposition to the ban on handguns in spite of the support of the mayor of Toronto, John Tory.
The federal government wishes to entrust certain powers on firearms to the provinces, which would allow municipalities to adopt their own regulations, said Mr. Trudeau.
“In some situations, we can have a province that is not willing to act in spite of the will of one or of several cities to do so, he pointed out. I was assured that there were other ways that we can use, but that would however not be ideal, as this would imply disagreements with the provinces at a time we want more collaboration.”
Mr. Trudeau has refused to specify the content of these measures “because it is something that we hope not to have to use.”
He maintained that the new restrictions represent only one component of the federal strategy on handguns.
The government will continue the fight against the smuggling of handguns into Canada. He wants to have the means to get more information on purchases from retailers and better store firearms in businesses and homes to prevent theft, said the prime minister.
According to the liberals, the fight against urban violence are also achieved by the expenditure devoted to the fight against criminal gangs, to community centers and to local police.
They want to move quickly to adopt a ban on firearms, assault such as the popular AR-15. They argue that the weapons designed to inflict massive losses and have no place in Canada. The owners of these weapons lawfully purchased will be offered fair prices on the market to get rid of it.
Mr. Trudeau refuses to believe that the minority status of his government will leave him little time to engage in a stricter control of firearms.
“Our main concern is to do things right, but even in a minority situation, we have seen that there is a consensus, very clear of the three parties in the House — we, the NDP, and the Bloc — for a better control of the weapons a priority.”