July 23, 2014 11:38 am
Updated: July 23, 2014 11:42 am

Should police impound cars if they find illegal handguns inside?

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TORONTO – A Liberal backbencher wants to give cops the power to impound a car if an illegal handgun is found in the vehicle.

Toronto MPP Mike Colle says his private members’ bill would also allow police to suspend the driver’s licence.

He says he hopes it would act as a deterrent, adding it’s almost impossible for police to get a conviction under the Criminal Code for anyone found to have an unlawful handgun in their vehicle.

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Colle says the federal government has jurisdiction over gun ownership, but the province has responsibility for road safety and vehicle licensing.

He says he’s received support for the bill from police forces and Toronto Crime Stoppers.

But a private members’ bill rarely becomes law unless the government backs it.

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