Doly Begum MPP, Scarborough Southwest

Government of Ontario

Protect Our Communities from Gun Violence

Gun violence is a complex issue, and while the government currently spends millions in attempt to find illegal handguns already in the country, there needs to be decisive action taken to look at the root cause of the issue - which includes entry of illegal guns to our Province, disenfranchisement of our communities, and systemic neglect towards areas like Scarborough. 

We need a multi-layered strategy on gun violence, that includes community consultation, learning from individuals with lived experiences, and investing in the well-being of our people. 

This is why, MPP Doly Begum will be co-sponsoring a Bill, titled Stopping Illegal Handguns at the Source Act, 2021, which will address the issue at the root. The “Stopping Illegal Handguns at the Sources Act” will require Ontario’s Attorney General to consult with experts and affected communities to develop a plan to stop the entry of illegal handguns in Ontario. Following an approach taken by the Mexican government, the new bill also proposes that Ontario prepares to initiate legal action against American handgun manufacturers in cases where it can be proven that they facilitate the illegal flow of handguns into Canada.

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