Kevin O’Leary changed his opinion of the AR-15 after having angered many shooters last year when he said that automatic versions of the popular rifle were used only to kill and should be banned.
Erin O’Toole deepened his commitment to Canada’s millions of shooters today, pledging to scrap the country’s complex and restrictive Firearms Act if he wins the vote to lead the Conservative Party and is elected Prime Minister.
Maxime Bernier, the leading candidate to head the Conservative Party of Canada and then possibly (hopefully!) become prime minister, outlined his poposed firearms policy in an e-mail today. It’s reprinted below.
- simplify gun-classification system
- require changes in gun classification go through parliament, not police
- remove restrictions on magazine capacity
- lengthen validity of gun licences to 10 years from 5 years
- increase availability of firearms-safety courses
- compensate gun owners for loss of property under Firearms Act
Canadian Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale named a retired Supreme Court judge, an Olympic shooter and an anti-gun activist to advise him on firearms laws and policies, suggesting he wants a diversity of views.
It sounds like the Canadian government is offering gun owners a glimmer of hope.
“The government believes in balanced, effective gun control that prioritizes public safety while ensuring law-abiding firearms owners do not face unfair treatment,” a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said today in an e-mailed response to questions by TheGunBlog.ca. (See below for full transcript.)
(Update 27 May 2017: Andrew Scheer was elected party leader today. See highlights of his gun policies here.)
(New in this update: Chris Alexander, Maxime Bernier, Kellie Lietch, Erin O’Toole, Andrew Scheer, Brad Trost.)
TheGunBlog.ca is compiling the policies and statements of candidates running for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada related to the freedoms and rights of firearms users and owners. The party’s own policy is at the bottom. Party members are scheduled to elect the next leader in May 2017.
This is a collection of policies and statements by candidates running for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada about the legal possession and use of firearms, as well as the party’s own policy. Party members are scheduled to elect the next leader in May 2017.
Each candidate’s comments were copied from their websites.
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