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Ottawa, Dec 21 (Canadian-Media): Following calls from some municipal politicians in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, to control handguns in their cities, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his government's intention to allow handgun prohibition on a city-by-city basis rather than enacting a federal ban and, media reports said.
Justin Trudeau. Credit: Twitter handle
"That is something we are hearing from some very specific places across the country but not everywhere across the country. And we feel that it would be a solid step to move forward and give cities and provinces those tools to do that, " Trudeau said during the wide-ranging interview in Ottawa this week.
"Our primary concern is getting it right," he said. "But even in a minority situation we've seen that there is a very clear consensus from three of the parties in the House — us, the NDP and the Bloc — that moving forward on much stronger gun control is a priority."
Stressing the need for a complete national handgun ban, the group PolySeSouvient, a leading voice for gun control, argued about the ineffectiveness of local bans as they would have to overcome many obstacles, including provincial governments ideology opposed to gun control and other legal and jurisdictional complexities.
Trudeau's government said it planed to prevent smuggling of pistols into Canada, collect more information about purchases from retailers, and ensure secure storage of firearms in shops and homes to avoid theft.
The Liberals stressed that spending on anti-gang programs, community centres and local policing are key to reducing urban violence, including the popular AR-15, saying guns designed to inflict mass casualties have no place in Canada.