Justin Rrudeau Vows to Tighten Controls on Firearms

Restrictions on firearms imposes stricter control measures if re-elected in October.

Trudeau was speaking at a news conference in Toronto, where a series of indiscriminate shootings last week killed 17 people, but the Canadian prime minister stopped short of pledging to ban guns called by the city’s mayor, John Toure.

The latest incident brings the total number of shootings in Canada’s largest city so far to 267, compared with 248 in the same period last year.

“The recent shootings have confirmed the need for a rational firearm policy,” Trudeau said at a joint press conference with the mayor.

“We want action. Mayor Tori and I have agreed that we cannot just make arrests out of this problem.”

The authorities attribute most of the shootings to gang violence and the proliferation of illegal weapons.

Although the shootings in Canada are fewer than in the US in number and influence, they remain a core issue in campaigning between liberals and conservatives, who support tougher sanctions, especially as the results of both sides converge in recent polls.

Trudeau noted his government’s recent efforts to combat firearm violence, including strengthening background checks on people who want to acquire weapons, working with new retail archives, restrictions on arms transfers, and measures to stop smuggling.

“We are aware that many families around Toronto have suffered tragedies this summer because of the violence (with firearms),” he said.

“We know there is a lot more to be done,” he said. “That’s why we look forward to a plan that will continue to rely on monitoring our guns to keep our communities safer

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Restrictions on firearms imposes stricter control measures if re-elected in October.

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