Canadians mixed on handgun ban

It appears there is no clear answer on whether Canadians are in favour of banning handguns and assault-style firearms.

Following a shooting spree in Toronto last summer, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair to study the possibility of such a ban.

A report released Thursday found opinions expressed during in-person discussions and through written submissions both opposed and supported a ban.

But when participants responded to a questionnaire, the majority were against the idea.

The report says many participants felt strongly that a ban would target law-abiding owners, rather than illicit firearms, and would not reduce gang violence.