The mayor of Montreal is calling on Canada’s Parliament to outright ban handguns.
In front of the city’s executive committee on Wednesday, Mayor Valerie Plante argued that a nationwide prohibition on pistols and revolvers is the best path forward because localized bans imposed by municipalities aren’t enough to curb gun-related violence.
“With assault weapons, we’re happy that the federal government took their responsibilities, but we ask that it be done also for handguns, because it’s a scourge right now,” she said.
“It’s not normal that it’s just cities that legislate one after the other, because guns move around,” she continued.
The city-by-city approach to banning handguns was embraced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s administration last year.
Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair said in a tweet on Sept. 23, 2020, “We are committed to giving municipalities the ability to further restrict handguns and will strengthen measures to control the flow of illegal handguns into Canada.”
Canada overhauled its gun laws following the Nova Scotia attack last April, during which a spree-killer posing as a law enforcement officer murdered 22 people and injured three others by setting fires and shooting victims with firearms that were illegally obtained.
Immediately following the incident, Trudeau via executive fiat announced a confiscatory ban on “assault-style” weapons. Current owners of prohibited firearms were given a two-year amnesty period to figure out how to dispose of, sell, or destroy their once lawfully owned property.
The clock is ticking on the seizure of those firearms. From the sounds of it, handguns could be next.
Based on the numbers provided by TheGunBlog.Ca, approximately 300,000 licensed Canadians possess handguns that are registered with the police. ‘They represent 14% of all permit holders and about 1% of the country’s adults,” according to the site.