Leftist Toronto city councillor Adam Vaughan
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Mayor Rob Ford's executive committee shot down Councillor Adam Vaughan's bullet ban Monday morning.
Vaughan wanted the City of Toronto to look at banning the sale, storage and use of ammunition within the city limits.
At the start of Monday's committee meeting, Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong moved that the item be "deferred indefinitely." The committee then quickly voted to do just that, shelving the idea.
The quick deferral was helped along by the fact no one registered to speak to the committee about the ban.
Vaughan said he'd like to hold the item but Ford nixed that idea, reminding him only members of the committee can hold items.
After the vote, Vaughan said he wasn't surprised because "Rob Ford made a tour of gun clubs last week and promised, promised that he'd make it easier for them.
"I just don't happen to think that access to guns makes this city safer and I don't think access to ammunition makes this city safer," Vaughan said. "I know that he showed up at a couple of gun clubs last week and he was talking about his support for their access to ammunition and guns."
After the mayor's office denied Ford visited any Toronto gun clubs last week, Vaughan changed his comments to saying Ford met with a gun club president last week and that there was a photograph of the meeting.
Ford was quick to respond to Vaughan's claim, denying he toured gun clubs with a flat "no."
He couldn't say definitively if he met with any gun club presidents.
"I met with probably 6,000 or 7,000 people on Friday night," Ford said. "If someone I met was a gun club president, I did not know about it."
Vaughan blamed the lack of deputants on his bullet ban on the executive committee.
"People realize when it comes to the executive committee, there are a lot of gun advocates there," he said. "They've seen the debates on other issues, they know where the votes are and rather talk until they are blue in the face, they know where the mayor is going to go on this issue."
But Vaughan stuck to his guns on the bullet ban.
"I believe that this city is a safer place when it is harder to get access to a gun and harder to get access to ammunition," he said.
"I will continue to advocate and look for ways to enforce stronger gun control in Toronto as long as the federal government walks away from this issue."
Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday said he wasn't surprised Vaughan's bullet ban "got shot down."
"I'm not really sure as to what value it would have been at any rate," he said. "I don't think the crooks in Toronto or anywhere else buy their guns at a bullet store or a gun shop."
Holyday accused Vaughan of grandstanding with the motion.
"It is another one of those situations where somebody thinks that they are going to put something forward and appear to be doing something about the problem when the fact is they are not," he said.