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  As Liberals contemplate handgun ban, an urban-rural caucus divide emerges
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Sep 12, 2018 05:13pm
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AuthorJohn Paul Tasker
News DateWednesday, September 12, 2018 12:25:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe Liberal government is contemplating a national handgun ban — a proposition that has opened up a divide between urban and rural MPs in the party, with some warning the rights of lawful gun holders must be considered when crafting new laws to curb gun crime in Canada.

The issue has rocketed up the federal government's priority list after a summer of gun violence in Canada's largest cities, most notably in Toronto, but also in smaller centres like Fredericton, where a gun-wielding man claimed the lives of four people. City councils in Toronto and Montreal have already passed resolutions demanding federal action on the file.

In response, the Liberals have tasked Bill Blair, the newly minted minister of border security and organized crime reduction, with studying a full ban on handguns and "assault weapons" in Canada.

Debate on a ban will begin in earnest at the Liberal caucus retreat in Saskatoon on Wednesday, with a number of MPs expected to raise the issue directly with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet.

Critics maintain new federal action will be nothing more than a symbolic sop for gun control advocates that will penalize lawful gun owners by burdening them with unreasonable regulations. Advocates say troubling crime stats demand action.
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