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As T.O. handgun ban creeps closer, illegal guns flood city streets

As T.O. handgun ban creeps closer, illegal guns flood city streets
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Only one of the 20 handguns seized by Toronto police so far in 2021 are legal for Canadians to own

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Despite pushes by federal and municipal leaders to end legal handgun ownership, Toronto’s criminals prefer to pack illegal iron.

Posts by Toronto Police’s “Guns Seized” Twitter account suggests the majority of crime guns confiscated by officers are prohibited — illegal for Canadians to own or possess, except under extremely specific circumstances.

Canadian law classifies firearms into three categories: non-restricted, restricted, and prohibited.

Non-restricted firearms include common shotguns and long rifles not already classified as restricted or prohibited.

All handguns are restricted and a licence is required to purchase or own a pistol or revolver.

Prohibited firearms include automatic weapons, handguns with barrels shorter than 10.5 centimetres, ‘sawed-off’ rifles and shotguns, non-sporting guns designed to fire .25- or .32-calibre bullets, or firearms specifically designated as prohibited — a long list that includes the AR-15, AK-47 and M4 carbine.

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Weekly tweets from Toronto Police show gun seizures include a rogue’s gallery of Saturday night specials, rollies and snub-osed pocket cannons, along with heinous duct-taped contraptions and sawed-off antiques — but occasionally feature concerning confiscations suggesting serious firepower on Toronto’s streets.

Twenty of the 23 weapons tweeted since Jan 1. were handguns, and all but one — a Glock 19  — were prohibited.

Included was an Intratec AB-10 — posted on Feb. 8 — which is a variant of the infamous TEC-9 that developed a fearsome reputation in America for its use in street crime and high-profile mass shootings.

Other seizures include a Walther PPK — James Bond’s sidearm of choice — and a tiny GT27 Tangfoglio, an easily-concealed pistol which, at 12-centimetres long from handle to tip, is just a bit longer than Canada’s minimum legal handgun barrel length (10.5 centimetres).

On Tuesday, Ottawa announced plans to allow municipalities to enact handgun bans — a move long supported by Toronto Mayor John Tory, who questions the need for anybody in the city to own handguns.

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Initially dodging questions on how a ban would impact criminals with a clear preference for prohibited weapons, Tory insisted legally-owned handguns “regularly” find their way into the hands of criminals.

“Anything that reduces the number of guns in circulation in the City of Toronto, and puts laws in place that do that … is a good thing,” he said.

“It’s just going to be mean less guns to fall into the wrong hands to do the wrong things with them.”

The key to stemming Toronto gun crime, he said, is gun control, investment in kids and families, supporting the police, and eliminating the revolving-door bail system.

“Because of the activities of a few, the rights of others have to be affected,” Tory said.

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GUNS SEIZED BY TPS (SO FAR) IN 2021

Source: @TPSgunseized

Bryco 59 (Prohibited) – Feb. 15 Toronto Police Service
Springfield XD (Prohibited) Feb. 15
Intratec AB-10 (Prohibited) Feb 8
GT27 Tangfoglio Titan (Prohibited) Feb. 8
Colt Model 1903 Hammerless (Prohibited) Feb. 8
Taurus Millenium (Prohibited) Feb. 8
Illegally modified/sawed off shotgun (Prohibited) Feb. 8
Glock 42 (Prohibited) Feb. 2
Taurus G3 (Prohibited) Feb. 2
Taurus G2s subcompact (Prohibited) Feb. 2
Glock 19s (Restricted) Jan. 27
Taurus G2C (Prohibited) Jan. 27
Smith & Wesson Model 640 (prohibited) Jan. 27

ATI GSG16 .22LR (Non-restricted) Jan. 18

Walther PPK (prohibited) Jan. 18
Unknown, but Twitter user IDs firearm as “AMT Backup,” which due to its short barrel is prohibited. Jan. 11
Glock 26 (Prohibited) Jan. 11
CZ P-07 (Prohibited) Jan. 11
Illegally modified/sawed off shotgun (Prohibited) Jan. 11
Smith & Wesson M&P micro-compact (Prohibited) Jan. 11
Unknown model, barrel length appears prohibited. Jan. 11
Ruger SR22 (Prohibited) Jan. 4
Some sort of sawed-off bolt action rifle. Heinous. Illegally modified/prohibited





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