As many of you know, I worked as a Vancouver Police Officer, primarily serving Vancouver South. I also worked as a detective for the Gang Crime Unit. I saw my fair share of gun violence — including drive-by shootings — in our neighbourhoods. The threat of guns is a real risk to the public if not addressed appropriately.
Unfortunately, gun crime is on the rise in Canada. Keeping our streets safe for families and children has always been a top priority for me, even before I entered politics. That’s why I’m pleased about the actions the Liberal Party is proposing to reduce the threat of guns.
A re-elected Liberal government will build on the important measures we passed in Bill C-71, and continue to take serious, common-sense action to crack down on gun crime.
Here’s what our plan involves:
- We will ban all military-style assault rifles, including the AR-15;
- We will work with the provinces and territories to give municipalities the ability to further restrict — or ban — handguns; and
- We’ll continue to respect Canadian hunters, farmers and sport shooters. We will not bring back the long-gun registry.
We will also take concrete steps — in partnership with our law enforcement agencies — to strengthen gun control through the following actions:
- We will prevent people suspected of posing a danger to themselves or others — including their partners or kids — from possessing or acquiring new firearms;
- We will require that everyone importing ammunition must show proof of a valid firearms license; and
- We will make it harder for legal weapons to fall into the hands of criminals, by further strengthening safe-storage laws.
I believe that these actions will help ensure that our streets are kept safer for families in Vancouver South.
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