|Toronto Coun. Adam Vaughan. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)
TORONTO - City councillors shot down Councillor Adam Vaughan’s bullet ban Thursday.
Vaughan was asking council to order staff to look at banning the sale, storage and use of ammunition within the city limits.
The Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina councillor needed two thirds of council support to have an immediate debate Thursday on a bullet ban. Council ended up voting 28 to 13 against an immediate debate. The bullet ban now goes to Mayor Rob Ford’s executive committee.
Vaughan himself voted against debating his bullet ban on the council floor.
“I want it to go to executive and I want there to be public hearings on this,” Vaughan said.
“I think when they hear the evidence and hear the arguments that they’ll understand that this is actually a way to create a good, strong, public safety program.”
Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti said Vaughan’s motion “shot blanks.”
“Bringing something forward to the city and saying it is an emergency and we need to deal with it just tells me we want to waste time, valuable time at City Hall and shoot blanks on his own motions,” Mammoliti said.
He vowed he will do everything possible to shelve Vaughan’s motion at executive committee.
“I will do my best to shelve this thing forever and move forward with an approach that deals with people behind the gun,” he said. But Vaughan argues a bullet ban makes sense.
“What we’re saying is the same way that we regulate federally permitted products like fireworks, like pesticides, like tobacco, the same way we limit their accessibility in this city, we’re going to limit accessibility to ammunition,” Vaughan said.
“If we can prevent a suicide, if we can prevent a domestic assault, if we can make a police officer’s life more safe then the ban will have achieved something.”
He was optimistic other municipalities would pick up the call for a ban.
“There is no rational reason to fire a gun in a crowded urban area, it creates danger,” Vaughan said.