Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government is committed to allowing cities ban handguns in the new year, despite growing protests and opposition from several Canadian provinces, as well as criticism from gun control groups who want a nationwide ban on handguns instead.

“The group PolySeSouvient, a leading voice for gun control, is pushing for a truly national handgun ban, arguing local ones are generally ineffective, as what it calls the “disastrous patchwork of local and state laws” in the United States demonstrates.”

“Local bans would also have to overcome “enormous obstacles,” including provincial governments ideologically opposed to gun control and an array of legal and jurisdictional complexities, the group recently warned in a letter to Public Safety Minister Bill Blair.”