Toronto Mayor John Tory has renewed his plea to ban handguns within the metropolis in a brand new letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Within the missive despatched to the PMO final Friday, however launched to the media on Monday, Tory requested, “Why does anybody within the metropolis of Toronto want a gun? Frankly, if we don’t have a superb reply for that query then it’s time we do one thing about it.”
Tory tells Trudeau he’s met with households “who’ve misplaced their family members to gun violence,” and whereas it’s his “job to consolation them and specific our metropolis’s collective sorrow for his or her loss … I additionally consider it’s my job to hunt motion.”
The mayor mentioned Toronto metropolis council not too long ago addressed three key areas to “tackle gun violence within the metropolis” to work on with the feds “together with neighborhood investments, police resourcing and gun management.”
Tory additionally addressed the frustration he’s heard from Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders and police on the frontlines about “the simple availability of bail for repeat gun offenders.”
He requested the feds “to conduct an entire and expeditious evaluation of bail pointers and procedures utilized to these already on bail, beforehand convicted of offences involving the possession or use of unlawful firearms, or beforehand convicted of using a firearm within the fee of against the law.”
Tory writes the aim is “repeat gun offenders not be granted bail within the occasion of a subsequent gun cost and stay in custody till the fees have been disposed of by the judicial system.”
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Tory spokesperson Daniela Magisano mentioned the mayor despatched the letter as a result of it was mentioned and permitted of by council just a few weeks in the past.
Trudeau’s press secretary Matt Pascuzzo mentioned the PM had obtained the letter.
“In the case of preserving communities secure from gun violence, we’re open to all choices,” the assertion learn.
“The reality is there’s a rising downside with gun crime, particularly in Canada’s largest cities. It is a harmful development, and we should cease it.”
“Common sense gun management that retains assault weapons and unlawful handguns off our streets can and can save lives,” continued Pascuzzo.
“That’s why we made this subject a precedence, will proceed to work with all companions, together with the Metropolis of Toronto, to maintain our communities secure.”
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