Brampton councillor endorses federal gun buy back plan
Brampton City Councillor Charmaine Williams is calling on Brampton city council to endorse the federal government's plan to ban 1,500 assault-type weapons as well as offer a gun buyback program.
“It's time to unload your guns. If you have an unwanted firearm the feds are going to compensate you for it and I approve of this plan,” said Williams, who will be moving a motion at council on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, to endorse the federal plan.
Last year, Williams introduced the idea of a gun buyback plan in Brampton.
Although the plan failed on a 4 to 7 vote, Williams was undeterred at the time.
“As a city councillor, I accept the majority vote at council, but as a mother of five children in Brampton, I don't have to accept gun violence in my city,” said Williams.
Williams is encouraged by the announcement made by Prime Minister Trudeau and Bill Blair the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, adding, “The recent tragedy in Nova Scotia and the tragedies we experience in Peel Region and across Canada every month should give us enough motivation to support any initiative to reduce gun violence.”
“I know there are strong opinions on the matter of firearms ownership. But residents tell me they want to see a healthy debate and initiatives that will make them safer. I agree,” concluded Williams.