Canada needs a genuinely federal police force to make good on its firearms mandate
Firearms legislation is bound to be controversial. On the one hand, a government that is actually serious about firearms could act on any number of options that do not require legislation. On the other hand, C-21, however inchoate, represents a genuine effort to balance individual interest with community safety across a large country where values, interests and priorities vary widely.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, pictured June 2, 2021, testifying remotely before the House Public Safety Committee. Bill C-21 would have given municipalities the power to make owning handguns illegal. But most of the handguns used in the commission of those offences are already illegal: only one of 20 handguns seized by Toronto Police between January and mid-February 2021 was legal. Screen capture courtesy of ParlVu