- Toronto wants to ban the sales of handguns and ammunition following a deadly mass shooting in its Greektown neighbourhood which left three people, including the shooter, dead and 13 people wounded.
- The council voted to urge the federal government to ban the sale of handguns and ammunition in Toronto.
- They also voted to increase spending on mental health programs, enhance surveillance programs, and crack down on gun trafficking.
Toronto wants to ban the sales of handguns and ammunition following a deadly mass shooting in its Greektown neighbourhood which left two people and the gunman dead and 13 people wounded on Sunday.
On Tuesday, the city council took several steps to reduce gun violence within the city, including voting 41-4 in favour of a motion urging the federal government to ban the sale of handguns and ammunition in Toronto.
The set of proposals call on Ontario to fulfil a $US1.9 billion funding promise towards mental health programs. It also includes requests for the federal and provincial governments to implement a gun buyback program, enhance surveillance programs, and crackdown on gun trafficking.
The five-year outline would cost an estimated $US44 million to implement.
Toronto Mayor John Tory voted in favour of the proposals.
“Why does anyone in this city need to have a gun at all?” Tory asked at a city council meeting on Monday.
An 18-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl were killed on Sunday evening after 29-year-old gunman Faisal Hussain opened fire in Toronto’s popular Greektown neighbourhood. Thirteen other people were also wounded.
Hussain’s parents said their son suffered from severe mental health issues, including psychosis and depression. He had exchanged gunfire with police and was later found dead, authorities said.
Hussain’s motive remains unclear, and terrorism has not been ruled out.
Toronto has been faced with an uptick in gun violence this year. According to CBC, 29 of 58 homicides in Toronto so far have been related to gun violence, compared to 17 fatal shootings at this time last year.
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