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Mosque shootings will prompt gun review in Canada, Goodale predicts

Mosque shootings will prompt gun review in Canada, Goodale predicts
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OTTAWA -- The federal public-safety minister suggests the deadly mass shooting in New Zealand will spur parliamentarians to take a careful look at Canada s gun laws.

Ralph Goodale says the killing of 50 people in Christchurch has sparked a global sense of concern that will prompt Canadian politicians to make some timely decisions.

Please read my full statement on the terrorist attack in New Zealand here: https://t.co/ZhjqQEOerM

Goodale says his cabinet colleague Bill Blair will deliver recommendations soon, after having been asked last August to study a full ban on handguns and assault weapons in Canada.

New Zealand s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, says gun-law reforms will be announced within days in that country.

A bill already before Canada s Senate would, among other things, expand the scope of background checks on those who want to acquire guns here.

Instead of just the five years immediately preceding a licence application, questions about buyers histories would cover their entire lifetimes.
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