Bill Blair launches consultations on possible ban on handguns, assault weapons

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.

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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.

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