Messages people wrote are seen on a makeshift memorial remembering the victims of the Danforth shooting on July 22. Debate over banning handguns has intensified since the shooting in which two people died and 12 others were wounded. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

New poll suggests support for Canadian handgun ban

As the debate continues over banning handguns in Canada, a new poll suggests that almost half–48 per cent–of those surveyed support a ban and another 19 per cent “somewhat” support a ban.

The Nanos Research poll, conducted for CTV News, found 21 per cent opposing the ban and another 10 per cent “somewhat” opposing it.

Banning handguns has captured the public’s attention this summer following a mass shooting in July that left two persons dead and 12 others wounded in Toronto.

People leave flowers at a memorial honouring the victims of the shooting Danforth, Avenue in Toronto in July. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

Both Montreal and Toronto city councils have since called on the federal government to strengthen its legislation banning handguns, saying the government’s current proposed legislation, Bill C-71, does not go far enough.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has indicated that his government may be open to tougher legislation, but so far, the Liberal government has not announced any changes to its current bill.

Over the weekend, the president of the Toronto Police Association, Mike McCormack, said a ban on handguns across the country will not stop gun violence.

In August, Vancouver Chief Adam Palmer, the newly-elected president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, said Canada’s gun control situation is “actually very good” and the association is not calling for any wholesale legislative changes related to gun violence.

According to a Statistics Canada report, 130 homicides were committed with a handguns in 2016.

With files from CTV, CTV, RCI, 

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6 comments on “New poll suggests support for Canadian handgun ban
  1. Avatar hank says:

    people who legally own firearms are sooo careful not to abuse this right.
    they take courses to be safe and do not want to lose their investment because of some mistake they may make. Nobody touches their firearms without supervision and there are laws on how they are stored or you lose them.

  2. Avatar UncleAl says:

    There were 3,987 apparent opioid-related deaths in 2017,4 as many as from gun crime (977), what do we do as a society, give them clean needles and safe injection sites. Get the drugs off the streets, they fuel the gang violence and turf wars. Thanks to the Liberals Pot will be legal, now we can all get high (that seems like a step in the right direction).

  3. Avatar Andy J says:

    Pretty much every single online poll , you know where people both for and against can vote has been between 61 (low end) and mostly 75% or more against any sort of ban . Throw down that the Liberal’s Bill C 71 gun bill is garbage that has nothing in it to attack gangs and violence but instead targets law abiding gun owners with more, redundant paperwork. Why is this a issue with NAFTA unresolved and 1,000s of 1 st Nations still without clean drinking water? I will tell you , optics. The government has 100’s of millions in unspent promises to veterans, 1st Nations, police departments ( to fight violence) they need a distraction. Gun owners get a criminal record check everyday, do you? No , so how safe are gun owners from Joe public that the RCMP does not check?

  4. Avatar bill says:

    only ban guns from good people, that is political show! criminals will be laughing because that will make them “safe” to do anything they want! shame on you!

  5. Avatar James says:

    A poll asking Canadians something they know little to nothing about is a farce. The vast majority of the public, and politicians, have no idea of the very strict laws already in place in Canada. They have no idea of the costs and mandatory courses, and daily, yes daily, criminal record checks.

    These results have no value

    • Avatar Scott says:

      So the ban should start at street gang level and once all the criminals turn in there guns then work your way up to responsibil law abiding gun owners who don’t use them in crimes lol good luck . Then let’s get a cure for cancer which is killing way more people than guns okay 👌