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Zimmer sets his sights on gun reclassification

Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer

Bob Zimmer has come out with both barrels blazing over a new RCMP firearms classification.

The RCMP recently listed the CZ 858 Tactical-2P “Spartan” rifle as prohibited because, according to the RCMP it can easily be converted into an automatic rifle.

“This is another example of bureaucracy overstepping and making snap judgements that do nothing but cost law-abiding gun owners and manufacturers unnecessarily,” said Zimmer, the MP for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies, in a statement released Tuesday. “The justification that is given for this particular prohibition is that there are markings on the receiver, stock, pistol grip and handguard that make it a special edition. Given that this ‘special edition’ isn’t specifically named as an exemption they have decided to label it as prohibited.”

The Canadian Firearms Blog explains it this way: “According to the Regulations Prescribing Certain Firearms and Other Weapons, Components and Parts of Weapons, Accessories, Cartridge Magazines, Ammunition and Projectiles as Prohibited, Restricted or Non-Restricted the CZ858 Tactical-2P rifle is legal. However, the RCMP claims that these particular examples of the Tactical-2P are not the same because the Molon Labe, Spartan, and Canadian maple leaf markings are not on the original – thus these are ‘CZ858 Tactical-2P Spartan Limited Edition Proofed 2007 Or Later,’ which is not specifically named as an exemption according to Regulations.”

Zimmer said the RCMP tried reclassify the CZ 858 rifle in February of 2014 but in July of 2015, then-Minister Stephen Blaney amended the classification.

“I, once again, call on Commissioner Paulson as well as Minister Goodale to put a stop to these unnecessary changes that do nothing to promote public safety and only cause uncertainty within the firearms community,” said Zimmer.

In July Zimmer also opposed the RCMP’s reclassification of the Ruger 10/22 magazine, making it prohibited.

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