Toronto to revoke liquor licenses from bars where shootings have occurred

In an effort to help curb Toronto’s mounting gun violence problem, city council just voted to revoke the liquor licenses of bars and restaurants that have been the scenes of shootings.

A motion put forward by Councillor Mike Colle at City Hall on Wednesday recommended that Toronto ask the AGCO to suspend or revoke serving privileges from establishments that have “been the scene of gun violence, or where patrons have been in the possession of handguns, or where the police have found handguns on the premises of the licensed establishment.”

The motion passed in a 19-4 vote, but not without some debate.

A few councillors argued that the rule could unfairly penalize people who own restaurants where shootings randomly break out.