City Council met behind closed doors on Thursday to debate an on-the-fly motion that could undo the gun-range ban championed under former mayor David Miller.
While the details of the motion remain confidential, several councillors said it could overturn a bylaw that regulates shooting ranges and firearm manufacturing within city limits.
“It strikes down our bylaw that restricts the sale and use of guns in this city,” said Councillor Adam Vaughan. “That’s unacceptable.”
Council passed the ban in 2008 after the death of innocent bystander John O'Keefe, allegedly killed by a semiautomatic weapon.
“After John O'Keefe's tragic killing, I don't think there is any defence for sports shooters any more,” Mr. Miller said at the time. “It is a hobby that creates danger to others.”
Two groups, the Canadian Shooting Sports Association and the Movie Armaments Group, appealed the ban before the Ontario Municipal Board.
The Movie Armaments Group settled their appeal last year, when council exempted film production activities from the gun bylaw.
It's these type of generalizations that people on the left usually rage against. Gun crime in the city are overwhelmingly caused by illegal gun owners and even those murders are down.
It's an unneeded piece of legislation that's public safety implications are negligible.
Also apparently the City loses out on some money because they wouldn't allow the Sportsman Show that happens March Break at the CNE grounds because they sell firearms at that event.