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Thursday, September 18, 2008 

Handgun Incident Outside Layton Rally Shows Need For Tougher Urban Gun Laws

"Why won't the prime minister get tough on handguns in our cities?"
Jack Layton

TORONTO -- Minutes after NDP Leader Jack Layton said Wednesday afternoon that the NDP had a plan to eliminate handguns in cities, a young man, who reportedly had a gun, took a swing at a Toronto police officer outside the party rally and tore off down the street.

Three officers chased the 20-year-old and arrested him. The police officer had a lump on his cheek but did not appear to be seriously injured.

Layton had just gotten into his car and was being driven away before the man punched the officer and started running. "I'm very thankful that our police force, and I gather with some assistance from our RCMP detail, were able to act so quickly and that no one was (seriously) hurt," Layton said later Wednesday. "Nobody should be carrying around a handgun in Toronto or any other city unless they're a law enforcement official and we need laws that make that possible for our communities."

-CanWest News Service

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