Canada introduces new gun buy-back program as firearms legislation tabled

Canada introduces new gun buy-back program as firearms legislation tabled

"We all know there will be plenty of politics, but let's not forget what this is about, saving lives".

According to Statistics Canada, firearms were used in over 40 per cent of homicides in Canada in 2019.

Canada's Conservative Party denounced the proposed legislation, saying it penalizes lawful gun owners and does not adequately address the issue of guns being smuggled into Canada from the United States. We do not arm ourselves in this country to protect ourselves from our fellow citizens.

"For 25 years CAEP has asked for a mandatory reporting of individuals at risk law that would allow the police to temporarily remove firearms from those patients for whom we have concerns for both their safety and the safety of others", the statement said.

Mayors in some of Canada's largest cities are considering banning handguns after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government said it will introduce legislation to make that possible.

The legislation calls for additional funding for the RCMP and Canada Border Services agency to better track guns and stop the flow of illegal weapons across the border.

If the bill is passed, any owner who doesn't surrender a banned weapon will be held responsible if it is later used in a crime.

The legislation sets its sights on a number of measures, including prohibiting assault rifles as well as an optional assault-rifle buy-back program.

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It would also create new offences for altering the cartridge magazine of a firearm and introduce tighter restrictions on importing ammunition. Police and border guards will have greater powers to prevent smuggling across borders.

Help create safer communities by supporting municipalities that ban handguns through by-laws restricting storage and transportation in their jurisdictions.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says today the measures will be backed up with serious penalties to enforce these bylaws, including jail time for people who violate municipal rules.

In London, there were 14 incidents of gunfire past year, including three fatal shootings, up from 12 cases of shots fired in 2019.

Requiring authorization to transport restricted and prohibited firearms to locations other than the range (e.g. gunsmith, gun show, etc.) through strengthened transportation requirements.

"Every day, Canada's emergency physicians encounter people with suicidal ideation, untreated psychosis, substance abuse, potential perpetrators of intimate partner violence and those with impulsive aggressive behaviours", the association said in a statement.

The Government also wants to enact red flag laws that will allow friends, family and neighbours to report potentially unsafe situations (domestic abuse, self-harm) where a gun is present and have that gun taken away before it can be used. "My family and I have fought for three decades to ban these weapons", said Suzanne Laplante Edward, whose daughter Anne-Marie was one of 14 young women shot and killed at Polytechnique on December 6, 1989. Those who promote hate could also have their guns seized, along with those at risk of harming themselves.

Justice Minister David Lametti said the government would also undertake a "long overdue" review of the overall classification system for firearms.

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