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May 26, 2008
Toronto Mayor David Miller supports staff recommendations on gun violence
Toronto Mayor David Miller today announced his support for the recommendations contained in a staff report entitled: City-Based Measures to Address Gun Violence. Options presented in the report allow the City to act within its jurisdictional authority to reduce the availability of handguns. Among the recommendations is a zoning bylaw to restrict uses permitting the discharge of guns, including firing ranges and gun clubs. The report is on the agenda for the Mayor’s Executive Committee meeting next Tuesday.

“The City of Toronto has the right to regulate the property and civil rights aspects of firearms as they relate to the health, safety and well being of its residents,” said Mayor Miller. “Handguns pose an increasing threat in our community that we must not ignore.

“I want to ensure that the City is taking all available actions to address gun violence.”

Areas of recommended action include:

• Land use restrictions affecting manufacture, assembly, warehousing, distribution and discharge of guns.

• Eliminating recreational use of firearms on City property, specifically, shooting ranges at the Don Montgomery Community Recreation Centre (former Mid-Scarborough Community Centre) and Union Station.

• Comprehensive monitoring of incidents and impacts of firearm violence and injury in Toronto.

• Providing social supports to break the cycle of violence.

• Intergovernmental advocacy.

The report is posted on the City’s website at:

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Don Wanagas, Office of Mayor Miller, 416-338-7134,



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