New legislation would allow municipalities to ban handguns through bylaws

In addition to allowing cities to ban handguns the proposed changes would ease rules for authorities to cancel gun licenses

The Canadian government is introducing an assault weapon buy-back program in a follow-up to last year's sweeping regulatory ban, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday.

Haag said he'd like the city to look at ways to address the problem more systematically, tackling poverty and other social issues tied to gun violence.

The Government also wants to enact red flag laws that will allow friends, family and neighbours to report potentially risky situations (domestic abuse, self-harm) where a gun is present and have that gun taken away before it can be used.

The bill would also increase criminal penalties for gun smuggling and trafficking, and enhance the capacity of police and border officers to keep illegal firearms out of the country.

Municipalities would get much-asked-for supports to restrict the possession, storage, and transportation of handguns through their jurisdictions.

"We're backing up the cities with serious federal and criminal penalties to enforce these bylaws, including jail time for people who violate these municipal rules", said Trudeau.

The federal government will also provide funding support for youth programs to "help young people avoid criminal behaviour".

The legislation would also make it an illegal offence to alter a cartridge magazine, depict violence in firearm advertising, and impose tighter restrictions on importing replicas and ammunition.

The term "assault-style" has no legal definition in Canada under the Firearms Act.

"I support any actions that the Government of Canada can take to stop gun violence and its deadly toll", Tory said in a statement. "It will not stop one crime, it will not stop one smuggled gun coming across the border". The tragedies we have seen in Ste-Foy and Portapique, and more recently in Toronto and Montréal, should never happen.

If governments want to ban anything, ban poverty, said Louis March, founder of the Zero Gun Violence Movement.

"Getting these weapons off our streets and out of the hands of criminals means less violence".

The Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) said it was "disappointed" by the bill, arguing the proposed legislation doesn't go far enough with respect to the "red fag laws". The measures we are proposing are concrete and practical, and they have one goal and one goal only.

"Today's announcement builds on the important measures our government has already taken to keep Canadians safe within their communities", said Justice Minister and Attorney General David Lametti.

"These unsafe situations can include such incidents as domestic and intimate partner violence, where a person may be suicidal or emotionally disturbed". Women accounted for nearly eight in 10 victims of all intimate partner violence incidents, and they were even more likely to be the victim in incidents where a firearm was present.

In June 2019, new legislation on firearms received Royal Assent, and many measures will come into force soon. Even getting licensed will also become more hard with new enhanced background checks that delve into an applicant's lifetime history and not just the previous five years.

Those purchasing a non-restricted gun will have to show their firearms license.

There is a current amnesty period for these weapons which ends April 30, 2022.



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