OTTAWA – Conservative Chief Andrew Scheer says he desires to deal with a surge of gun violence in Canada by focusing on criminals who use weapons illegally, moderately than supporting an outright handgun ban.
Scheer is to unveil the second a part of his plan for bettering public security Tuesday in Delta, B.C.: a coverage plank centered fully on weapons.
It’s a response to the requires a ban on handguns and assault weapons in Canada, and as a substitute proposes to present police extra instruments and write harder legal guidelines to crack down on unlawful gun customers in Canada.
Scheer’s gun coverage consists of seven new coverage measures that may goal repeat offenders or criminals that assist to make unlawful weapons out there on the streets. They embody harder sentences for many who knowingly possess smuggled weapons and cracking down on so-called “straw purchases” during which weapons purchased by in any other case authorized consumers are diverted to felony markets. New penalties for promoting weapons to folks already prohibited from possessing them are additionally a part of the Conservative plan.
“We have to get weapons out of the arms of people that use them to commit crimes, and that is what this coverage will do,” stated a senior Conservative get together official. “A handgun ban might sound like a good suggestion, however it should solely make criminals out of accountable gun house owners whereas doing nothing to stop criminals from getting weapons.”
Scheer will even vow to create a particular job power to attempt to preserve weapons from being smuggled in from the USA.
Canada has had a rash of gun killings this 12 months, together with a mass capturing on Toronto’s Danforth Avenue in July that killed an 18-year-old lady and a 10-year-old lady and injured 13 others.
A capturing this weekend at a community-housing complicated in Toronto was the 90th murder this 12 months within the metropolis, breaking the report for the deadliest 12 months in Toronto since 1991.
Requires Ottawa to ban handguns and assault weapons have been rising, together with from each Montreal and Toronto metropolis councils.
Scheer has taken a powerful stance towards the push for a handgun ban, saying it will penalize law-abiding gun house owners whereas failing to deal with the continued use and smuggling of unlawful weapons by criminals and gang members.
Scheer introduced the primary a part of his public security coverage earlier this month, during which he outlined extra punitive measures for gang members and arranged crime organizations. He additionally desires to impose harder jail sentences and restrict parole and bail alternatives for gang members who’re repeat and violent offenders.
Since 2013, gang-related homicides in Canada’s largest cities have nearly doubled, in keeping with Public Security Canada.
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