Yes, Maxime Bernier Did Say He’d Replace Canada Firearms Act

Maxime Bernier, the leading candidate running to head the Conservative Party of Canada, proposed replacing the convoluted and unjust Firearms Act a month ago if he wins the vote and is (hopefully!) elected prime minister.

He outlined the plan Feb. 13 on his website and Feb. 14 in a similarly worded e-mail to supporters. Many people missed it because scrapping the flawed law wasn’t the headline for his firearms policy, the way it was for Brad Trost and Erin O’Toole. Party members vote for their next leader on May 27.

(We have many good candidates, but if you want to buy a party membership and support Bernier, you can use my link. Deadline is March 28.)

Bernier’s website says:

The Firearms Act should be reviewed by experts and replaced with effective legislation that protects property rights and cracks down on dangerous criminals.

The Feb. 14 letter to supporters says:

The firearms laws are so complicated, and so convoluted, that they have become the perfect example of injustice in the name of justice. To fix this, I propose we replace the current Firearms Act with clear legislation based on reason, not on fear.

The Firearms Act, passed by the Liberal Party in 1995, created complex and confusing laws that are difficult to enforce, criminalize harmless behaviour and fail to prevent violent crime. The Liberals are in the midst of preparing more paperwork and restrictions for the country’s shooters, more than 2 million of whom have police-issued licences to own guns and ammunition.

You might also be interested in what Kevin O’Leary has said about guns, in particular about AR-15 rifles and the kind of people who shoot them.

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