Blair not ruling out federal order to implement potential handgun ban
|CTVnews 19 May 2019 at 10:19|
OTTAWA Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair said implementing a national handgun ban is still on the table, and would not rule out issuing a federal order instead of legislation given the limited window of Parliamentary time.
In an interview on CTVs Question Period, Blair was asked whether the handgun ban that the government had consulted on was still on the table, and if its possible itll be brought forward before the next election, or as part of the Liberal re-election campaign. He was also asked if it was something he was pushing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on, and if an Order in Council, essentially an order recommended by the executive branch, could be a way that a ban is brought forward.
Blair said that for him, there is no greater responsibility than the safety of our communities and the safety of our kids, and that he believes its a view shared by my government.
I think there is no measure that I think we can rule out that will legitimately contribute to greater safety for our citizens, Blair said.
Blair was mandated to study and consult on a full ban of handguns and assault weapons. After travelling the country holding roundtables and other public engagements starting in 2018, the government reported last month that Canadians are polarized on banning or limiting access to handguns and assault-style firearms.
Some anti-gun advocates have been pushing the federal Liberals to do more, especially in light of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern leading her country in implementing a ban on military-style semi-automatic firearms. This ban was in place one week after a gunman killed 51 people in Christchurch, while livestreaming the attack.