TORONTO (AP) – The Toronto City Council has voted overwhelmingly to urge Canada’s federal and provincial government to ban the sale of handguns and handgun ammunition in the largest city in the country.
The council’s 41-4 vote came two days after a man shot two people to death and wounded 13 others in the city.
Council members discussed gun violence, its causes, its effects and potential solutions during a meeting that began Tuesday morning and lasted into the evening.
Canada’s public safety minister says Ottawa was already considering tightening handgun laws even before Sunday night’s shooting.
It’s unclear how the shooter obtained his weapon. Officials also haven’t discovered a motive for why 29-year-old Faisal Hussain fired a handgun into crowds in Toronto’s popular Greektown neighborhood, killing a 10-year-old girl and 18-year-old woman.