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Jagmeet Singh urges Ottawa to immediately allow cities to ban handguns

Toronto city council proposes gun, ammunitions sales ban
WATCH: Toronto City Council has voted in favour of urging the upper levels of government to ban handgun and ammunition sales in the city. But even if that is possible, some are already questioning if it will be enough to end the violence seen in the city. Matthew Bingley reports.

OTTAWA – Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is formally asking the prime minister to immediately give cities the leeway to ban handguns.

In a lengthy letter to Justin Trudeau outlining a long-term approach to tackling crime, Singh says more policing is not a solution to gun violence in cities because it amplifies distrust between communities.

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Instead, he says allowing cities to ban handguns would help municipal authorities deal with the fact that many gun crimes are committed with legal guns.

Singh also wants the government to dramatically speed up earmarked funding to quash gang violence.

He also wants more resources for the Canada Border Services Agency to curtail cross-border weapons smuggling.

And he’s urging the government to speak out more loudly against hate crimes and racism.

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