TheGunBlog.ca — The mayor of Winnipeg, Brian Bowman, joined his counterpart in Toronto in wanting to confiscate handguns from lawful owners, the Winnipeg Sun reported yesterday, quoting the mayor. Active and retired police leaders across Canada have said they don’t favour new bans.
“I think anything that can be done to remove handguns from our streets is positive and, obviously, I would fully support that,” said Bowman, as reported by the newspaper.
“I know that the federal government is reviewing a potential handgun ban and I fully support that review,” the Sun quoted Bowman as saying.
The federal government said last week that any new bans “would primarily affect legal firearms owners.”
A public-relations firm that advises the government said in March that new restrictions on hunters and sport shooters present an “untapped opportunity” to help the prime minister win votes.
Mayor Bowman was responding to an opinion poll that showed 75 percent of Winnipeg residents agreed with the statement that “urgent action should be taken on banning handguns in Canada.”
Probe Research ran the poll with CTV Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Free Press between Sept. 19 and 28, CTV News Winnipeg said on its website yesterday.
“I don’t think most of the handguns that are used in crime and most of the guns in particular that are used in crime have anything to do with us, the legal owners,” Brenden Roemich, president of the Winnipeg Revolver and Pistol Association, told CTV News.
“We’re sportsmen, so it’s a sport, a ban on handguns would be kind of like a ban on golf clubs for people that golf,” Roemich told CTV News.
All guns are banned already for anyone without a firearm Possession and Acquisition Licence authorized by the federal police. Any new interdictions aimed against responsible citizens would be enforced by armed police, the same as any other law.
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