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Poll suggests majority of Canadians backs ban on guns

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A new survey suggests the vast majority of Canadians favors a ban on guns in urban areas.

According to the automated phone poll, conducted by Ekos Research Associates for The Canadian Press, 69 per cent of those surveyed agreed with the idea there should be a strict ban on guns in urban areas.

The highest support was in the province of Quebec, where 76 per cent said they would support such a policy, while the lowest was in Alberta, with 48 per cent in favor.

The survey of 2,287 Canadians was carried out November 10th through the 30th.

None of the federal political parties is proposing such a policy, though the poll suggests there is support for the idea across the political spectrum - including 56 per cent of Conservatives, traditionally the party most opposed to gun control.

The Liberal government is currently drafting legislation to move ahead with some of its campaign promises on the issue, including greater restrictions on handguns and assault weapons.

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