Kenora - Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford is wary of any legislation the federal government might propose, with regard to gun control.

"I stand resolutely against anything they're talking about, let alone proposing," he said yesterday. "We've been through this before. Even in the last federal election, I warned people, that this would re-emerge as an agenda item for this government, and it has."

The federal government is looking to legislation for banning handguns and assault weapons, as well as the safe storage of firearms.

"As a proud, law-abiding gun owner, (I) we don't accept any of that. I wished and hoped that our federal member had done more to advocate and protect those interests. I'm not hearing that's being done and I'm not seeing it," Rickford added, with reference to MP Bob Nault.

The federal minister responsible, Bill Blair, visited the riding in early December with Nault, as they met with local police, hunters, First Nation leaders. 

Ottawa estimates there are about 900,000 handguns registered to individuals in Canada. In most cases, individuals own handguns either in the context of sport shooting activities or because those handguns form a part of a collection. In 2016, about 60 per cent of firearm-related violent crimes involved handguns.

For more information:

Feds consult on gun control

Reducing violent crime: A dialogue on handguns and assault weapons



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