Nothing "virtual" about legal hand guns in Ontario, they are real
TORONTO, Sept. 21 /CNW/ - John Tory's debate performance proved again he
refuses to stand up against the gun lobby and speak out against hand guns,
says Attorney General Michael Bryant.
"John Tory is in the holster of the gun lobby," said Bryant. "Police tell
us one third of the handguns used to commit crimes were stolen from their
legal owners. We need to choke off that supply of guns to the streets."
Confronting gun crime means doing everything possible, Bryant said. That
means both tightening the flow of illegal guns across the border and choking
off the supply of stolen legally owned guns through a hand gun ban.
Tory misled viewers of yesterday's leaders' debate by saying hand guns
are already "virtually" banned.
The truth is that handguns are not banned, they are regulated. There are
over half a million legal privately owned handguns in Canada, including
215,000 in Ontario. There are a several private retailers of handguns in
Ontario, and any adult who passes safety test and background check can get a
license to buy a handgun if they self-declare as a gun collector or target
But you don't ever need to set foot in a gun club to be a "target
shooter", or ever have seen a gun to be a "collector".
Weapons available to target shooters and collectors include
semi-automatic, high calibre handguns.
"John Tory saying handguns are already banned in Ontario is like saying
prostitution is banned in Amsterdam. He has no credibility on crime when he
refuses to support a handgun ban," said Bryant.
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