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Calgary MP criticizes closed-door meeting on banning guns

Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons, Friday October 19, 2018 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Conservative MP Stephanie Kusie said that a meeting with Minister Bill Blair should have been open to the public

Minister Blair met in Calgary with stakeholders to discuss the possibility of banning handguns and assault weapons

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – A Calgary Conservative MP is agreeing with calls to make a meeting on gun crime in the city on Wednesday public.

Federal Minister of Organized Crime Reduction, Bill Blair, has received criticism for the way he’s conducting consultations in Calgary. Blair is holding a closed-door meeting with stakeholders to discuss options for banning handguns and assault weapons.

Calgary – Midnapore MP Stephanie Kusie appreciates being invited to the meeting but believes it should be open to all Calgarians.

“I by far would have preferred a townhall format, where everyone who wished to voice an opinion on this would have the opportunity to speak up.”

Kusie said that some 200 people have reached out to her about their concerns regarding the closed-door meeting.

Blair has been making stops across the country to consult Canadians about gun violence, and the possibility of banning handguns and assault weapons.