Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signaled the federal government will not let provincial opposition stand in the way of municipalities that want to work with Ottawa to ban handguns.
Federal officials will have conversations with municipalities seeking handgun controls even if their provincial leaders oppose such bans, Trudeau said during a news briefing.
He said we have moved forward on enabling cities to be able to ban handguns within their limits, and we expect them to be able to do that.
Federal legislation tabled last week would allow municipalities to ban handguns through bylaws restricting their possession, storage, and transportation.
The Liberal government says the measures would be backed up with serious penalties to enforce these bylaws, including jail time for people who violate municipal rules.