O'Toole reverses course on guns, says he will keep Liberal ban in place
Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole is reversing course on a platform promise to repeal a ban on some 1,500 makes and models of what the government describes as "military-grade weapons."The Liberal government first introduced the ban with an Order in Council in May 2020, which the Conservative platform promised to repeal.
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, O'Toole said that the ban will now remain in place under a Conservative government.
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The Conservative leader pointed to his party's promise for a public review of the Firearms Act as a way to "bring the politics out" of gun control.
O'Tooles reversal comes as the Liberals have been looking to make gun violence and gun control a wedge issue.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau used a media availability on Sunday to tout his party's plan to strengthen gun-control measures, which includes a buy-back program for barred firearms and a promise of $1 billion to support provinces and territories that implement handgun bans.
Trudeau used much of his prepared remarks to take aim at O'Toole for his party's position on gun-control.
"Community safety is not up for negotiation with the gun lobby, and you certainly don't hand them the pen to write your platform," Trudeau said, referring to the Conservative leader.
Just on Saturday, O'Toole defended his plan to rescind the order saying it unfairly targeted law-abiding gun owners such as hunters and sports shooters.