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Gun control back in the spotlight after weekend shootings

Last Updated Oct 28, 2019 at 4:48 pm MDT

Investigators have taped off an area near Martindale Crossing after a shooting left a man with a serious injury. (PHOTO: Derek Brade, CityNews)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) –A city councillor representing northeast Calgary says he’s deeply concerned by a recent increase in gun violence in the city.

Police responded to three separate shootings in the communities of Skyview Ranch, Martindale and Castleridge on the weekend.

Two men were injured in the incidents.

READ MORE: Man seriously injured after being shot in NE Calgary

There has been a marked rise in shootings in the northeast over the past year.

Ward 5 Councillor George Chahal says a handgun ban is still being considered, and there are a number of issues that need to be tackled.

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“Still looking at what the federal government will do and what powers they will put forward to municipalities,” said Chahal. “That is definitely a consideration, and how do we deal with that? Do we look at civil penalties and forfeiture? Do we look at other mechanisms to deal with criminals who are doing this, illicit gun running.”

He has said an approach from all levels of government is needed to address rising gun violence in his ward, and across Calgary.