Canada to reduce violent crime involving firearms
April 12, 2019
Global Korean Post
Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our communities. Canadians must feel safe in their neighbourhoods and it is the responsibility of any government to ensure the safety and security of its citizens.
While gun and gang violence is a priority, violent use of firearms in other situations including suicides and intimate partner violence remains of the utmost concern.
As part of its commitment to keep communities safe, the Government of Canada launched an engagement process in October 2018 to help inform policy, regulations and legislation to reduce violent crime involving firearms.
On April 11, after hearing from Canadians across a range of issues, Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, released the engagement summary report: Reducing Violent Crime: A Dialogue on Handguns and Assault-Style Firearms.
Throughout this engagement process, which included in-person roundtables, an online questionnaire, and written submissions, the government heard from stakeholders with a wide-range of viewpoints and experience.
The feedback received will assist the government in determining next steps as to any possible changes to firearms legislation and/or the Criminal Code, while not impeding the lawful use of firearms by Canadians.
The content of the report is a summary of what was expressed by Canadians through all forms of engagement. All conversations, submissions and online engagement were not a survey on the issue of reducing violent crime, but rather informed discussions in establishing a path forward in keeping Canadians safe.