July 23, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
M.P.P. to Introduce Bill to Impound Cars with Unlawful Handguns in Cars
Queen’s Park – Today, M.P.P. Mike Colle (Eglinton-Lawrence) will introduce a Private Members’ Bill, the Prohibiting Driving with Unlawful Handguns Act, 2014. If passed, this bill would give police officers the power to impound the car and suspend the driver’s license of drivers found to have an illegal handgun in their vehicle.
“Our present laws are weak and ineffective when it comes to dealing with people caught driving with illegal handguns in their motor vehicles.” Said MPP Colle.
It is almost impossible for our police officers to get any kind of conviction under the Federal Criminal Code for anyone found to have an unlawful handgun in their vehicle.
Hopefully this new law, if passed, will act as a deterrent and help the police in their efforts to make our communities safer.
While the Federal government has jurisdiction over the ownership of firearms, the Provincial government has jurisdiction over road safety and motor vehicle licensing. By adding direct penalties for individuals caught with unlawful handguns in motor vehicles, the Province has the ability to enhance public safety. The Prohibiting Driving with Unlawful Handguns Act, 2014 is modelled on the Anti Stunt Racing Provision of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, which has helped to make our roads safer by banning stunt drivers.
The call for stronger penalties for having guns in cars has wide support from our police forces and community members:
“The members of the Toronto Police Association see firsthand the devastating impact firearms, especially handguns, have on the citizens of Ontario. Our association fully supports your laudable efforts to provide another tool to assist officers in fighting the proliferation of gun crime in our communities.” – Mike McCormack, President, Toronto Police Association
"The implementation of this Bill would enable the Province to play a significant role in the battle to eliminate the proliferation of illegal handguns." - Gary Grant, Chair, Toronto Crime Stoppers
"The Police Association of Ontario fully supports Bill 24. Modern criminals are more frequently arming themselves and are increasingly mobile. This bill will provide an additional tool for front-line police officers to take illegal guns off the streets and remove the offender's mobility. Police officers in this province know too well the detrimental impact and increasing use of illegal guns is having within our jurisdictions. This bill can only assist us in working to keep our communities safe. We urge the Legislature to pass this bill." - Dan Axford, President, Police Association of Ontario
Attachments:Prohibiting Driving with Unlawful Handguns Act, 2014 Prohibiting Driving with Unlawful Handguns Press Release Bill 24 Petition Bill 24, Prohibiting Driving with Unlawful Handguns Backgrounder
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