Senator wants to ban handguns

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(Ottawa) An independent senator who advocates the prohibition of handguns in Canada wants to amend the government bill that tightens control over firearms.

Manitoba Senator Marilou McPhedran is inspired by the “speed” with which the New Zealand government moved things after the massacre in two mosques in Christchurch.

If we want to “fight effectively against the proliferation of handguns in Canada,” the Senate committee studying Bill C-71 on firearms must be amended, she said Monday by way of communicated.

It notes that an amendment to ban these weapons would be in line with requests made by several witnesses in committee, including those of the President of the Great Mosque of Quebec, Boufeldja Benabdallah, and the group Polysesouvient.

The senator believes that the prohibition would “strengthen Canada’s leadership on the international stage”. She announced her intention to propose an amendment to C-71 as a Senate committee began detailed study of the bill on Monday.

Before her, Quebec Senator Pierre Dalphond also made a plea for the prohibition of semi-automatic weapons. The lawyer by training, however, suggested to La Presse that it was probably too late in the legislative process to do so.

Senator C-71 in the upper house, André Pratte, for his part, doubted the feasibility of the thing. The New Zealand model would be difficult to replicate in Canada because it shares a border with the United States.

The Liberal government has conducted a consultation on the possibility of banning handguns and assault on the country. The Minister of Organized Crime Reduction, Bill Blair, plans to report the result of the online survey in late spring.