Families and survivors of the 2006 Dawson college shooting, Montréal, while marking the 15th anniversary of the incident Monday urged Canadian not to vote in Conservatives in the next general election.
The group’s press release noted that the Dawson shooter owned a Beretta CX4 and a hand gun. These are the weapons that he used to take 18-year-old Anastasia De Sousa’s life and injure about 16 other people at the College.
The Beretta was one of the 1500 gun makes that liberal government leaders declared illegal on the 1st of May, 2020. Handguns, however, are still legal.
The Conservative party initially presented a motion to repeal the gun ban. This section has since been amended since release of election documents. Erin O’Toole, the conservative party leader, said the party would maintain gun ownership laws as enacted by the Liberal government.
On the eve of the shooting, O’Toole informed local media that the gun the shooter used was illegally acquired.
However, on Monday, he amended the statement noting that the guns used at the College were move and stored in ways that are illegal.
The Liberal said that if re-elected, people with guns that were banned last year will be forced to sell them to government or have them dismantled.
On his part, O’Toole said that his government would simplify the gin classification system and impose stiffer penalties.