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4 years after fatal double shooting, victim's family urges national handgun ban

June 13, 2012 - 1:49 PM

TORONTO - Relatives of a Toronto man killed in a double shooting four years ago are calling for a national handgun ban on the anniversary of the killing.

Family members of Oliver Martin, 25, are also urging Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty to fight to retain provincial data from the now defunct long-gun registry.

Susan Martin says handguns are "a weapon of war" and there is no reason to carry one.

But McGuinty says the long-gun registry was a federal responsibility and the province will have to find other ways to curb gun violence.

Martin and his friend Dylan Ellis, 26, were shot dead in a parked SUV in Toronto's entertainment district on June 13, 2008.

Toronto cracked down on shooting ranges under former mayor David Miller, who then launched an unsuccessful petition to prohibit handguns across the country.

Now some city councillors are pushing to outlaw the sale, storage and use of munitions.

Coun. Adam Vaughan says "there is no rational reason to have a bullet" in a crowded city.

He says a motion to ban bullets will be introduced at the next council meeting in July.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
The Canadian Press

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