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Brampton council rejects cash-for-guns scheme in favour of addressing 'root causes'

​Brampton council rejects cash-for-guns scheme in favour of addressing 'root causes'

Mar 27, 2019 by Pam Douglas  Brampton Guardian

Brampton councillors have shot down a proposal that would have seen the city offer cash for guns as part of Peel Regional Police’s spring gun amnesty.

Council rejected Wednesday (March 27) the idea championed by Councillor Charmaine Williams, and instead approved a motion by Councillor Rowena Santos that called on the city to work with Peel police, all levels of government and community leaders to analyze and identify the “root causes” of gun violence in Brampton, and address those causes.

“Gun violence is a serious and systemic issue that stems from root causes such as gangs, poverty, social exclusion, mental health, and more,” Santos said in a statement released prior to the council meeting. “Studies support that substantive and successful strategies to reduce gun violence requires proper research, local data, expertise, and collaboration at all levels of government.”

Peel police Chief Chris McCord told councillors he had no evidence to show that incentives for turning in unwanted guns were effective. But he noted the police service is not allowed to use its funds to pay for guns during the planned amnesty in May.

Williams wanted the city to offer $100 per gun, to a maximum of $300 per person.

When asked what the city could do to help Peel police fight gun violence, McCord said supporting the service in its lobbying for more funding would help.

“Support us when we are talking to our MPPs,” he said.