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Liberals amend gun bill to extend background checks to threats of violence, on and offline

By Peter Mazereeuw      

MP Pam Damoff says she is confident the government will back her change.

Liberal MP John McKay, left, chairs the House Public Safety Committee, which studied the controversial gun safety bill sponsored by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. The committee voted to pass an amendment from Liberal MP Pam Damoff to expand background checks for firearms license applicants to cover criminal harassment, online threats, and more. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
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The House Public Safety Committee has agreed to amend the government’s gun safety bill to expand background checks for those applying for a gun license to look for a history violence, attempted violence, or threats of violence. The amendment was brought forward by Liberal MP Pam Damoff (Oakville North-Burlington, Ont.) at a meeting of the committee last week, and was itself amended on the floor to encompass an amendment put forward by Green Party leader Elizabeth May (Saanich-Gulf

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