After the question of federally tightened gun control in Canada was raised following a deadly shooting in Toronto last month, it appears that the Canadian government is looking further at the possibility of an outright ban on handguns and assault weapons.
In a mandate letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair on Tuesday, Trudeau said Blair “should lead an examination of a full ban on handguns and assault weapons in Canada, while not impeding the lawful use of firearms by Canadians.”
The request was just one of a number of priorities laid out by Trudeau in the letter for Blair to tackle.
Other priorities included reducing the smuggling of opioids across Canada’s borders, seeking additional opportunities to expand pre-clearance operations for travellers to the United States, and leading the legalization and “strict regulation” of cannabis across Canada.
Following the Toronto shooting, Canada’s Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale was asked if the federal government had any plans to tighten handgun laws in the country as part of its response.
Goodale said that any such changes would require “significant remodelling of the criminal code.”
And while his answer was somewhat vague, he appeared to suggest that the idea had been considered.
That being said, he noted that “a number of groups and organizations made presentations to that effect earlier this year, and I said that we would be prepared to consider their arguments and we will do that.”