The Liberals new gun legislation has been widely criticized for doing nothing to take guns out of the hands of criminals and for unfairly targeting law-abiding firearms owners. Our Conservative caucus has been steadfast in our opposition to the bill. Many of my colleagues have spoken out against the legislation as it will do absolutely nothing to address gang and gun violence, or rural crime.
There are also serious concerns that the “registrar” the legislation would create, is eerily similar to the billion dollar boondoggle that happened when the Liberals introduced the long-gun registry.
In the previous Parliament, the Conservative government worked hard to regain the trust of firearms owners who felt betrayed by the Liberals. The Conservatives eliminated the long-gun registry and passed the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act, which simplified the firearms licensing regime, while strengthening firearms prohibitions for those convicted of domestic violence offences.