The private ownership of handguns and assault style rifles, at nearly 1 million weapons, represents a clear and present risk to the Citizens of Canada;
Existing laws that restrict the use, storage and transportation of handguns, have still allowed many legal handguns to end up in the hands of violent criminals as a result of illegal sales, theft and diversion from law abiding owners and retailers;
Canada has the fourth highest rate of gun deaths among OECD countries while other countries have shown that strict gun control laws lead to dramatically lower gun violence;
Military assault weapons such as the AR-15 are sold to civilians in Canada;
Handguns account for 58% of shooting homicides;
Handguns and military weapons are not used legitimately for hunting or other purposes, by farmers or indigenous people;
Victims and families of the mass shooting, which took place on Danforth Avenue in Toronto, on July 22, 2018, supports this action;
The medical community, expressed through the Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns, supports this action;
Mayor John Tory of the City of Toronto, publicly supports this action; and
A prior e-petition, put forward by Wendy Cukier of the Coalition for Gun Control, and Julie Dzerowicz, MP for Davenport, saw 20,099 signatures appear to support this action, which puts public safety first.
We, the undersigned, Canadian citizens, call upon the Government of Canada to implement a ban on the civilian ownership of handguns and military assault weapons.
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