Gun Control

What You Need to Know About Gun Control

Firearms in Canada are a leading cause of death. While recent focus has been on gang violence in large cities, gun violence is not just an urban issue. In fact, rates of crime and death per capita tend to be higher in smaller cities.

Go further and read about the feasibility of increased restrictions on the civilian possession of military assault weapons. 

Guns do not cause homicides or suicides but they increase the likelihood that an assault will become a murder and that a suicide attempt will be fatal. Violence takes many forms and the type of firearms used vary, handguns are used most often in gang related violence, military assault weapons are often used in mass shootings, hunting rifles and shotguns are most often used in domestic homicides, suicides and killing of police officers.

All firearms need to be regulated. The regulation of firearms is important to reduce the risk that dangerous people will get access to guns. The Coalition for Gun Control has been advocating and pushing for a national ban on assault weapons since 1989.  Check it out here. After stronger laws were introduced 1991 and 1995, the Conservative government relaxed the legislation and introduced gaping loopholes.

Finally: A major victory – new legislation bans the import, sale and transfer of handguns.

The basics

 We need strong implementation of the legislation banning the import, sale and transfer of handguns.

All Canadians have the right to be safe regardless of where they live.


The Coalition’s Recommendations

With support from women’s groups, health care organizations, victims and others, we were able to push the government to ban assault weapons. And finally, a major victory, new legislation bans the import, sale and transfer of handguns.


But more needs to be done. The Coalition for Gun Control expect clear commitments to implement Bill C-21 and ensure that the issues around firearm fueled violence against women and suicide are no longer ignored.

Legally owned guns are most often used in domestic violence, in suicide, in the murders of police officers and in mass shootings. Concrete actions can be taken in the 43rd Canadian Parliament. Gun control is only part of the solution but the evidence is strong worldwide that industrialized countries with strong laws are safer from gun violence.