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A commemorative plaque displayed on the outside wall at the Polytechnique in Montreal, on Dec. 4, 2020.Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

Several family members of women killed in the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre say Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will no longer be welcome at annual commemorations unless his government strengthens recently tabled gun-control legislation.

In a letter to Mr. Trudeau made public Thursday, relatives of victims, survivors of the shooting and witnesses say Bill C-21 will not make society safer.

The bill proposes a buyback of many recently banned firearms the government considers assault-style weapons, but owners would be allowed to keep them under strict conditions.

The letter says the ban must be made mandatory to ensure it cannot be easily overturned by a future government.

The legislation would also allow municipalities to ban handguns through bylaws restricting their possession, storage and transportation – a move the letter says would create an ineffective patchwork of laws across the country.

In a statement, the Prime Minister’s Office says Mr. Trudeau thanks the signatories of the letter and will respond to them directly, sharing their desire to enact stronger laws.

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