Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer, who has long lobbied against stricter firearms legislation, is slamming the last restrictions proposed by Ottawa.
Zimmer, who is also co-chair of the Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus, says the new regulations show a lack of respect for the country’s outdoor community.
The legislation, tabled earlier this week, include a national freeze on the purchase of handguns; taking away the firearms licenses of those involved in acts of domestic violence or criminal harassment, such as stalking; increasing criminal penalties, providing more tools for law enforcement to investigate firearms crimes, and strengthening border security measures; and creating a new “red flag” law that would enable courts to require that individuals considered a danger to themselves or others surrender their firearms to law enforcement, while protecting the safety of the individual applying to the red flag process, including by protecting their identity.
“With the introduction of Bill C-21, this NDP-Liberal government has once again chosen to target our highly-vetted firearms owners instead of focusing on efforts to combat criminals and illegal firearms,” Zimmer said in a statement. “The reality is that the vast majority of gun crimes are committed with illegally obtained firearms. Measures like freezing the legal purchase, sale, transfer, or import of handguns or prohibiting replica firearms does nothing to stop dangerous criminals and gangs who obtain their guns illegally.”
He said that while adding more restrictions to firearms owners, Ottawa is removing penalties for weapons-related crimes like weapons trafficking, discharging a firearm recklessly, robbery with a firearm, and extortion with a firearm through Bill C-5.
“Canadians deserve real, concrete action to make our communities safer,” he said. “With the introduction of this firearms bill what we got instead is more Liberal theatre.”