Reducing violent crime: a dialogue on handguns and assault-style firearms report released
“This summary report reflects what we heard and we appreciate the frank and open discussions that were had with Canadians during the roundtable sessions and bilateral meetings. Our government is committed to building on these discussions to help inform future measures to reduce violent crime in Canada, while respecting the lawful use of firearms by Canadians. We want to take this opportunity to thank all those that participated through roundtables, written submissions, online or in town hall meetings.”
- The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction
Approximately 1,200 submissions were received by email, mail and fax, and 135,000 responses were recorded through the online questionnaire.
Eight bilingual roundtables were held in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and Moncton; and Minister Blair hosted a series of bilateral meetings in communities across Canada.
The Government of Canada invested $327.6 million over five years to help support a variety of initiatives to reduce gun crime and criminal gang activities under the Initiative to Take Action Against Gun and Gang Violence.
While gun and gang violence is a priority, violent use of firearms in other situations including suicides and intimate partner violence remains of the utmost concern.
The Government introduced Bill C-71, An Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms, in March 2018 to strengthen Canada’s gun laws in a common-sense, focused and effective way. The Bill proposes to prioritize public safety and effective police work, while respecting law-abiding firearms owners.
Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction
Public Safety Canada
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