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Liberals to propose law enhancing background checks on some gun buyers

The Canadian Press | posted Tuesday, Mar 20th, 2018

The federal Liberals are set to tighten restrictions on the sale of guns under proposed legislation to be introduced as early as Tuesday.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale is expected to fulfill a Liberal election platform promise to enhance background checks for anyone buying a handgun or other restricted firearm.

The government has said it has no interest in building another national long-gun registry.

But the proposed law, set to be introduced in the House of Commons, would require gun vendors to keep records of all firearms sales and inventories to aid police investigations of gun trafficking and other firearms-related offences.

It would also require gun purchasers to present a valid licence.

The bill could spark a battle with the Opposition as it would repeal some measures passed by the previous Conservative government.

The Liberals had already earmarked more than $327 million over five years and $100 million in each subsequent year, to help authorities crack down on criminal gun and gang activities.

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