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Feds won't let resistant premiers scuttle municipal handgun bans: PM

Last Updated Dec 21, 2019 at 9:26 am PST

FILE PHOTO - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a year-end roundtable interview with The Canadian Press in Ottawa on Wednesday Dec. 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

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OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he won’t let resistance from unwilling premiers scuttle the plans of municipalities that want to ban handguns.

In an interview with The Canadian Press, Trudeau also defends his government’s intention to allow handgun prohibition on a city-by-city basis rather than enacting a sweeping federal ban.

Some municipal politicians in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, concerned about deadly shootings, have called for measures to control handguns in their cities.

The Trudeau government plans to empower provinces and cities to take steps to manage the storage and use of handguns within their individual jurisdictions, given that they have different needs and concerns.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has already signaled opposition to banning handguns despite support for the idea from Toronto Mayor John Tory.

Trudeau says there are other tools to ensure municipalities can restrict handguns should provinces get in the way, but he would not get into specifics.