Gun Control

We will ban assault rifles and crack down on gun crime.

Gun crime is on the rise, and too often people are killed or injured because criminals have used military-style assault rifles. These guns are designed to inflict mass casualties and have no place in Canada. Canadians are tired of excuses and know that “thoughts and prayers” don’t make our communities any safer.

Unlike Conservatives, who want to weaken Canada’s gun laws, we will make gun laws stronger. We will move forward with a ban on all military-style assault rifles, including the AR-15, and will take other steps to keep people safe from gun violence, including:

  • introducing a buyback program for all military-style assault rifles legally purchased in Canada, with fair market prices for owners and more resources for law enforcement to administer the program;
  • working with provinces and territories to give municipalities the ability to further restrict or ban handguns; and
  • protecting the rights of hunters and farmers, by not bringing back the long-gun registry. Hunters and farmers do not use or need assault weapons.

To crack down on gun crime and make our communities safer places to live, we will:

  • continue to fight gang-related violence, by investing an additional $50 million each year, for five years, in a dedicated funding stream to help municipalities meet the needs of communities at risk;
  • work to expand successful diversion programs to keep at-risk youth out of the criminal justice system;
  • make sure the Canada Border Services Agency and Royal Canadian Mounted Police have the resources they need to detect and stop the flow of weapons at our borders;
  • require everyone importing ammunition to show proof of a valid firearms license;
  • make it harder for legal weapons to get into the hands of criminals by further strengthening safe-storage laws;
  • address the problem of gender-based and intimate-partner violence head on, by temporarily suspending firearms licenses for people who are suspected of posing a danger to themselves or others, including their partners or kids;
  • introduce a system for flagging bulk purchases of guns;
  • strengthen penalties for people seeking to smuggle firearms into Canada; and
  • limit the glorification of violence, by changing the way firearms are advertised, marketed, and sold in Canada.