Police, not politicians, should decide on gun restrictions, Prime Minister says

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says police, not politicians, should decide what restrictions to place on specific kinds of guns.

The Liberal government is under renewed pressure to curb access to semi-automatic rifles, namely from a group of people affected by last year's deadly Quebec City mosque shooting.

Trudeau touted provisions of his government's firearms bill, which once passed would restore the authority of RCMP experts to classify firearms without political influence.

In a letter Monday to the prime minister, more than 75 people express disappointment the bill does not ban semi-automatic rifles like the one carried by mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette.