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Canadian Handgun Ban Proposed

Prior to the last elections in Canada, a group of trap shooters were interviewed for television at a club in Ontario... If I remember correctly, it was somewhere north of Toronto.

They stated they were going to vote Liberal and support Martin, because the were comfortable with him and were unsure of the Conservatives, and did not mind the requirement to register firearms.

When I saw that newscast, I knew then, a week before the elections, that the Liberals were going to stay in office....

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Dec 8, 2005

Canada's Liberals promise complete ban on handguns

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's ruling Liberals, under pressure to clamp down on gun violence in big cities, will move to ban all handguns if they win the January 23 election, Prime Minister Paul Martin said on Thursday.

Canada already has extremely restrictive firearms legislation, but under the Liberal proposal only police and some security officers would be allowed to carry handguns.

So far this year some 50 young men - most of them black - have been shot dead in Toronto. Some government officials blame the problem in part on smuggling of handguns from neighboring United States.

"I've come to the conclusion that significant change is needed. I've come to the conclusion that we should ban handguns," Martin told a rally in one of the most violent areas of Toronto.

"Handguns kill people. That's why they exist. They are taking too many Canadian lives," he said.

Canada's murder rate is about one third of that in the United States but there is rising fear about gun crime in Toronto, traditionally a stronghold for the Liberals.

Martin - saying many handguns used in violent crimes had been stolen from collectors - made clear collectors would be given a certain amount of time to sell, get rid of or disarm their guns. An amnesty program would also be set up to pay people who handed in their illegal handguns.

He said there would be a "narrow exemption for legitimate target shooters" but gave no further details.

His minority Liberal government was brought down by a corruption scandal last month and polls show he is likely to be returned next month with another minority, which means he will be forced to rely on opposition parties to govern.

Opposition parties dismissed the plan as a gimmick. The left-leaning New Democrats, who backed Martin for much of the year, said the Liberals had cut police funding and social programs designed to help vulnerable members of society.

"The last-minute Liberals want Canadians to believe they are here to fix the problems that have grown over their 12 years of running the country," it said in a statement. The Liberals have been in power since late 1993.

Under Martin's plan, Canada will increase the number of police on the borders to try to cut down on smuggling and would double the penalties for people who used guns during crimes.

The question of gun control is a tricky one for the Liberals, whose attempt to compile a register of rifles and shotguns in the mid-1990s spiraled out of control. The registry, which was originally designed to break even, has so far cost more than C$2 billion ($1.7 billion).
 

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Martin - saying many handguns used in violent crimes had been stolen from collectors - made clear collectors would be given a certain amount of time to sell, get rid of or disarm their guns.

Wow. I've heard EVERYTHING now. So some 19th century history buff who locks his one-of-a-kind 1863 Colt officer's model cap and ball revolver in a humidity controlled, fire proof, $4000 safe is responsible for Canada's gun crime, which is a third of that of the U.S. Wow.
 

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Thats easy who wants to take your guns in the US? A liberal or a conservative? One party is recognized as conservative the other liberal. I vote as a one issue voter to a degree. I will NEVER vote democratic for that reason alone.
 

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The local news casted a vote...95% of Atlantic Canada said that banning handguns would have no effect on gun violence.

The only people who will suffer are the law abiding citizens who own registered handguns. The government only knows where registered handguns are. How many criminals own registered handguns?? Exactly...
 

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LostTarget said:
Canadian Handgun Ban Proposed

He said there would be a "narrow exemption for legitimate target shooters" but gave no further details.
its dam near impossible to get them now even for target shooting.

makes me wonder where these hand guns are coming from and if they are coming across from detroit and buffalo over to toronto where the handgun problem is,

is it me or is the handgun problem only toronto?
 

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its dam near impossible to get them now even for target shooting.
Where the heck do you live???? Though it looks like things are going to get more difficult, right now if have a valid PAL for restricted weapons and belong to a handgun club it's quite easy to buy one.
 
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