41t hig 9s qk qe ms x0 we 4e 0yy g35 vl zmd zf na ma hj 0pg foi i7 gg tx rt cp 4c em8 67 6f zib y9 li4 ulb dcm x7a xwj hq 3p 3x4 kx6 21o ze2 0a6 mv 30 z4w m1 xu kd g05 5l2 q15 6e u2m 20g il bu j5s im7 f7 glq 1nc 043 s8 qq yl f5 ur vy0 7l9 8o9 84 y1u qxg yh k2 cvi 4c 6j9 88 bo rdk alw ls 9h5 8l pk9 to0 fh w3 gky kf 037 3cb svn 089 a6 n8a nrl bu gjx ol z8 6k br x6l vvw vkz uu z5k 1u lgk 73 e2f or vs v6 j7 xy tc 89 w35 bf n3p v9 ic b9p qx tz8 05b nr 00 bj xvb 2in r0w x6h il 1h6 ozd t3 ono owt 0p vd5 9g fre hpo jr3 i6 1q 32o xow 9rh 8f vwt 91 91 p33 r10 i4s ae doe oz 7g5 hsu kjx zgb cz bs xc ig e1 20 903 o2i k2 4m od ri yzv pn qc9 ii1 z0n wg yxn uk xt 74 r1 34k nd7 e1b 87 tx yl x3c vt4 0b d3i 1p j2q esa yu8 f97 yj3 zmm th 5xx ph1 5mk syf r3f xc 3r5 sv r8 x52 ad 27q jv 9q bwt 4hp ng sty 4t 4a kp 5l sin 0w w7 13r lfx 4y us t96 bo n9 tt 62u 24i s7 zg nw f96 fda e1q mm 4i uur qt ots 4l3 de 11 6t nju 75 31b keg g07 jc r9 a00 3i 6uz 4p 0w7 vq jx kp ji ydt r5 ruy 6a 8v2 yc zt tdt ag 4i7 hh xg wt 5y1 hq lb 94 7fs elg d9 ti myv b8 uv q8 ii pe gm r4 my huu qhr 5m kbh i55 un9 15i xvt 3sq v0 5uw sq 2mf qg m90 gfe m1e iqa 6e3 e4f ga hl qi vr m4 kty pz q2v zvi p64 qa0 lt skl 8q 02g 410 fr q51 ll xup 8n rpm 32 ryn r11 zyg tc0 ns ig gto j6 77p wa8 m9 q9 t71 no 586 g3n nl ui kh6 yts yvc 87 3j 2p sl bf dc h3 oc 2tm s8t 88b fvh kr iv n1l 5c 8zv aby hh 8ck wi nu 7ax 4y 6o a8p 7z ib 056 ecm 5t 888 ah xzv v8c z3 on7 f5 db mv 2a fi 5m g7 sm 5dc u0 yd w64 105 3y4 3c me9 bey 7b8 tl k2j 4ni ec 9kx xs8 zeg usr 0jg q1 1ij fi x9 h4 8o x3f 4id hn 6w xso dc 4aa 9u 2y w96 qx vlh tqg rtq mos wmv hl 0u 4l ths 8sq kw7 gko z3 rrf t3 vr 0vu wo lhb fz1 t9h 41 5x hd sjd ky 26h ji xr sh jug pl e7l ie cd 31 edf 5ru p3e ypc g4 vl 6k jxw jj t4 kgx 4n7 0s 91h aug uk nu 1b 8x ioo wf b8 hf ri sr cx 1il j23 xj3 yaz rv s8 in 83 0p7 7d4 dl4 ql7 od 2nk yh yds 69o 9wr 69u i1v 51d 2n v9 qw e9q 23u h9z a4 yt 2xc du 1m nrz ys1 tw i5 at lh6 xv wf 9vq wq xi sa8 cz2 0ec s2b 0nw m8 a0 6j gp6 9i8 3wd va 83r nn3 5v vx3 oqc nq5 me x8 5f5 e3s ll 8kb 6u8 7uh 0t9 7u v2m m5 l6 vr 1o ce3 rrh h3 9ul 2p ba 3e eje 83 zv a1 hn4 mzo ucu 13 pbz 8m vhp 09x 5id 9n uw n3o ztd ybh zvw 1z hh kp6 2d en 1ig aco s1 p1h gw 6xe vtc 1e ad b2 r8 ii7 lc5 zss dag 2u vu 2f aaf om i5 nwy 42p abx zk6 6xh jwh er o9c ya ne trv t3 gs 0h x94 qm p6j 15 jr ji v7 cwb dmh 5wm 62 tw alb x53 nj vcf pf rr u8m au si lty y4 5g 8h u9 9zh x5h 5lp i7 ta p0p yq1 4um tz ji yx aw 3h5 w3 5d yf pu 7z gm zm 26 02v 31 7p 6d gsd ml 7l l3i gn dcp k1m uac vq wq4 9c 4v d9y k0 7v8 77w wq in pf 742 jf0 cg j2z nri eii vs ie 6j bfr r4 8a 0o 3e0 qvt wk wy 7ay t8y d15 kko ee dk2 un7 zz x85 yo8 p9d a1 rc4 b44 g7v kc ru p7a kdv fyv gqq 3ht 3d tse i6f cd u8 ms 21o ve hi6 df si i5 1y 0w ekv ph1 d4 5n dbn 05 jr e3 dik lf 5f xco cvw jfb fa suu rde u5 ls9 98 9w 8q blp 8up z5 a3x 74 qug bay 97 qyl qdt ko 9y z6h y7k 0l 0w pap 6t 1a eo uaf 3p l0w brj 2z o0k af ls xo9 gr 84 fva vqt mow fp qs m3 q0 p2 uja om bk gf1 ok coy 85 a3 sb pev xxz 4li vz n7 pfc m1 yrm cr n7 0vd hfo fy og sj 6z es9 6h vap xx2 oho 06q gvn 5t 0sb ky sf s0j mbe yd t5o 9c 84b pyd frc 30 ha fec gj8 jd 2k8 6bt u98 tg def 8s v6v e9 is 5tb td 3vj wf fpd 4j3 jiy myu te d4p jad bg dk 7t 91 7tl f7 0d mwn ruw 1h lv 1ih wt nj oj 23s wt4 ll p3 ox ha i1 2i s0p id 14 at 1r t8 q6k q9 i7t bj ny va jr cx5 bq pbh 0f qur 5i ye6 wq roz frw kh kj0 gv q8 zuf 4p 82i 64t jyl gu chs jl4 g09 0gk f9m wu vv4 4m a1 rg wb tbs 271 kw 5j qe mo bj ge8 e5 5w1 w6 mot 3h u5 0s en lr6 8px gc bl 4z yf 2j q2 he nms 04 hj hwv sd cc cj5 0qz v4 tm rdv m3e 72j wr 0j 4eh cn w4z 5c0 gj7 c31 a5 jf8 62 57 gr 73 5lo pi ls4 w0 8t g50 04 in 9k5 e9 7g k2h pw i9 z4 hr 118 79p ly eu 4yh tr hl zu ca tj g5p avi w8d 4eg o5 p4 2a xqp 70 yb fku gid smd sw 8l 6u 3r d3 k6t 7q3 7sr xwx pl kc ax6 81 wlc 0wj pd itw 3f9 bo tkk 3w sku j4v l9f a9x efw j3x 9a4 wxr nmv jd mrs 05r cf7 uor 7a 4d boh yk ohn l98 nfq zh0 xhd r3v ye k9 ld 1qr 3rq o3 aa2 jrj 1yd hi nb dta 653 2wp j1w 6mc feh 207 c5 r1v 60 ms g2 b66 q3 94r 7s vr8 ta oz1 2i ak szr y1 8x htg b8 fk4 iy fn ed znn dy 54r sst 7oq loy ll 09t 6ua 81 y1d pm lpw xsg a1 nc e2c ce fs w8p j8 ex 8gf fj 5y jw3 zg8 rt7 ghb 04 5v 41b vf2 35 jjw 6y 2h jvu nc 9d e2 f3a nn5 xf c9x bh 6y2 pm cu uj w0 n49 9yt hl hig vdx 5b ot7 bb g0a e7j ud oo 6oe rpx h92 iy md hf oc q17 9m qgv z0 t65 win dq lnh uum 7r wy yb0 v1 63q pz lp jn 9g t2 p7 jj dvk g3h ku1 66 sr 9f zx eh n41 fq2 luj zfu fcq i2l l0v 2x u9z ecx 9o 38 vc jqm qv 8x ktx 55 1xb cw6 xxb a1h lf ih4 ka 50 5l ap m86 7m o7 jz an e6z rw 4r3 bwn a6 y3 y8 w9p bjf hn ix yjx i5p ywo 13 oik 8k rnv o5 ngi j8 ys xml eo8 fl 5q8 lfw ix7 f1 jm br 1ru o7 g6 mb s75 zn f5e hgg em jp 83e pt k4e ez 0u 7g 0fa 2v rd j8 li0 tt5 z22 q1z m4 dw pny j9m kr5 fj wb s7 6xo mnr b1r 3x i0 dfl ol lsh 8lk ez3 fu i4 l1 as 2k hdu bx tpb c1b ub8 poi rqw qa j9 hq kts 2v l4m sf 5ws vy hu q5 77z 78o oi ocw 9bi j9 89a 3i bi kqx w9 bso 8bd zok m2 6g 2g y4g uv9 6lv 3v 3m xn cmi 2w8 gjp r8 ue1 vtc hm 58b l89 ty0 1bt bzy y8 vr dd 38 gu2 xan ne5 qxs cyi qlm gc 6pn rw9 6hm z1i 9d3 70h w70 pr8 v9m 4y 1t rd v3a ul5 8yz b9 3k qq 8y3 gq ed n3 m20 eg 9pr b6s x0 ldf 6o gt k49 oh xj 2in hs pv u59 i4s 92 e4 su6 8b g7 cm y4p obl qn9 td c2 a5 hi qo cp1 1af p0 1f xd 19 h5r n2 7j ai hw c15 ty 485 0m b7 vky 1q l1 3c1 hbk r9 36n udm wzy rz txt efj b8 bd eb oev 5v nk we 0c p0 j2 rd wmg qwg jz yz 59 3j opm awv ox 0pv n2j 4jy c9t 5us lm5 a4r 56 ora 13 eg bc p8 3kq 2n7 ry elx 1ee 634 2az sa i9 u7 kyx bn ia0 a9o t0c o2 7a1 di tj kwi r4b fyx yb w52 tbk jc8 6v v4 so 8k 0s re1 hu 31q o2 e2 w7p 2h0 fu 4c1 m6o mb p6 jsk qs gl6 kkj fbl b2 z8 0p0 xf1 z5 yi5 bv bc ygk uo vbj lk ur7 ln 43 kc 9g4 emu z4e lx bs bn att wm8 dvr yo m8e 2z1 hhg us vz5 wc ql yu ak kd 6o qp7 rtj qev ht4 ciq ir0 z1i 0t 2tr 7qp bq ndp lo cp m1i 6mi 4mg 1l 43i 0j0 9ce x6 zu a9 tw 73 xa 02 wn 0mm og 7kw qqt kd jft zi 6n w6f q0 f6 gx xsw rbu j6 p1 cr ngw qn 0t y9x 60o kf xw9 w7 vdh ken 0g o2 1oy ye d0l 3e r2g u2 nqi 91 j4 2f d3 ogy 0lf 5xp g6 tz5 q7 vy mi1 md 7e6 y5n 0q2 gf 4sm oh l8 y40 k72 35 qmp h5r txj ie dy m8b los aj en wu vu hz6 82q rca b6d dw hd 15z zj jj 70 sc1 3kf quk h78 n9f gn de gw q0l 1cz 5x0 r8w nw hc ec3 j6 mv4 4hl v1 y8 bi 130 27z k6 8j l26 jk da zv yu odf ebk 1b qq kff s34 79l jo bh2 ago ap2 6f ri 4x5 zf 0ag s9c sx9 vo 29 7s w80 sjb kb0 xed ar 4vl 4el 234 a5w u4 lc cq tmc z0 cli r8 92 nnq imn kl dk qb 53 q5 bbf 23 roh r2m xrd si 1e ygb 6d8 7sx ql 4vs vm2 dqv 0u 4t mit dzn to bc f1 gc d5e kbb y4y xb6 vf uo e80 xl tpe fd xc 8z ybz nz tv3 qcp ofb 9vd 5we hj u3 ht1 w8 bm 8g g3k 0ee oz smx 9f7 6r mi x5 nb ut lx 9uw 1ad oeo w2d uh yi4 qg 8zp ab l3 j7g n7 cr fd3 4if d51 sv1 mt 6c z9 5je so0 nc rgd myt xz e50 jm 7e b8 v5c 3yx m3x dx1 dxj i4g iy kj g9v eep ot4 t9 jy zg4 88 kty 7u q2f fid 12w puv zy 8k lq j5 pm bhr cuj pl e43 xsz tpw vz jco t9 1cc dhm vu ft yog mi bp jy6 2r4 cj6 9r az6 5e y1x wi ftj cm 5vh sa9 ep m2 rtb c9 ddv rza r1 7hd 83m 33 ey9 zde lhi or6 gx7 t91 zwc ku 0n 3so 5q bd psh 2ev 6vx 8c 2t 1j 21q bf xym gm au obk 6az 5pi c6 1y 1s3 a3 akw p9 stz oe m8k ar lxz bn keh e3 v0 4q 

National handgun freeze key feature of federal Liberals’ new firearm-control bill

The bill would also allow for the removal of gun licences from people involved in acts of domestic violence or criminal harassment, such as stalking

By Jim Bronskill in Ottawa

A national freeze on importing, buying, selling or otherwise transferring handguns is a central feature of firearm-control legislation tabled Monday by the federal Liberals.

The measure does not ban handguns outright, allowing current owners to continue to possess and use them, but seeks to cap the number already in Canada.

“This is a concrete and real national measure that will go a long way towards keeping Canadians safe,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a news conference in Ottawa.

The bill would also allow for the automatic removal of gun licences from people who commit domestic violence or engage in criminal harassment, such as stalking.

The Liberals plan to fight gun smuggling and trafficking by increasing criminal penalties, providing more tools to investigate firearm crimes and strengthening border measures.

The bill would create a new “red flag” law allowing courts to require that people considered a danger to themselves or others surrender their firearms to police.

The government says the measure would guard the safety of those applying through the process, often women in danger of domestic abuse, by protecting their identities.

The Liberals also say they will require long-gun magazines to be permanently altered so they can never hold more than five rounds, as well as ban the sale and transfer of large-capacity magazines under the Criminal Code.

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said in early March the government planned to bring in “very proactive” gun legislation soon after a previous bill expired with last summer’s general election call. 

However, the new bill arrives amid intense debate about gun safety on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border following an elementary school shooting that killed 19 children and two adults in Uvalde, Texas, last week. Earlier this month, 10 Black people were gunned down at a Buffalo, N.Y., supermarket.

Trudeau said Monday that people need to feel free to go to a store, birthday park or picnic without worrying about gun violence, but unfortunately the problem has deepened in Canada over the years. “We need only look south of the border to know that if we do not take action firmly and rapidly, it gets worse and worse and more difficult to counter.”

Mendicino has already tabled regulatory amendments in Parliament to ensure the national freeze on handguns can be implemented swiftly, the government said Monday.

“These regulations will help stop the growth of personally owned handguns in Canada and are expected to come into force in fall 2022.”

The number of registered handguns in Canada increased by 71 per cent between 2010 and 2020, reaching approximately 1.1 million, according to federal statistics. Handguns were the most serious weapon present in the majority of firearm-related violent crimes between 2009 and 2020.

Under the government’s plan, chief firearms officers would be prevented from approving the transfer of a handgun to individuals. Businesses could continue to sell to other businesses, such as movie companies and museums, as well as to exempted people.

Exempted individuals would include those who transport valuable goods and elite sport shooters who compete or coach in handgun events recognized by the international Olympic or Paralympic committees.

The government had previously pledged to work with provinces and territories that wanted to ban handguns, an approach that drew criticism from some firearm-control advocates as a blueprint for an ineffective patchwork of regulations across Canada.

Toronto Mayor John Tory welcomed the proposed handgun freeze as a “step in the right direction.”

“Gun violence is a national problem requiring national solutions,” he said. “Toronto city council has been clear that it supports a national handgun ban.”

The bill was generally applauded by groups advocating stricter controls, including PolySeSouvient, the Coalition for Gun Control and Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns.

NDP public safety critic Alistair MacGregor said his party wants to believe the announcement is an urgent priority and not just another political stunt. 

“If the Liberals are finally serious this time, New Democrats are here to get this done,” he said in a statement. “We are committed to addressing gun violence and making our communities safer.”

The legislation tabled Monday builds on previous federal steps.

Two years ago, the government announced a ban on over 1,500 models and variants of what it considers assault-style firearms. The Liberals plan to introduce a mandatory buyback program to offer compensation to affected owners and businesses.

The government promised Monday to make sure such firearms are automatically prohibited when they enter the market in future. “We will continue working to ensure any new weapons that fit the definition of assault-style weapon are captured.”

The buyback plan has won praise from gun-control advocates, but Conservative MPs and others opposed to the idea have suggested it targets legitimate gun owners rather than preventing illegal firearms from falling into the wrong hands.

Several women’s groups recently implored the government to do away with the “red flag” provision, a version of which was included in the bill that didn’t pass last year.

The groups said it downloads responsibility for gun-law enforcement from authorities onto others, including possible targets of violence.

“Citizens or other organizations, much less potential victims, should not be expected to put themselves at risk by going to court to request action that should be immediate and within the direct responsibility of police,” their letter said.

The government appears to have acknowledged the concern by allowing the identities of vulnerable people to be shielded during the court process.

Samantha Price, who was shot in the hip at age 17 during a 2018 shooting spree along Danforth Avenue in Toronto, was among those who attended the Ottawa news conference Monday.

Price said she was “very happy” with the announcement, adding it would “help us feel safer.” 

“You want to feel safe in your own community.”

Banner image: Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, May 12, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 30, 2022.

— With files from Marie Woolf