FORT ST. JOHN – Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies and Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus, issued the following statement regarding the inclusion of hunting and sport-shooting firearms in the Liberal ban:
“Once again this Liberal government has shown their contempt for our outdoor community. After promising our lawful firearms owners that the ban would not include firearms used for hunting purposes, we now know this just simply isn’t the case.
“According to the new regulations, the ban includes firearms ‘…characterized by the following physical attributes: a 20 mm bore or greater…and the capacity to discharge a projectile with a muzzle energy greater than 10 000 joules…’”
“Firearms legal experts have concluded this means that almost every modern 12-gauge and 10-gauge shotgun with removable chokes as well as many other hunting rifles, commonly used for duck hunting and sport-shooting, are now banned in Canada.
“These are far from the ‘military style’ firearms the Liberals claimed they were prohibiting. Had the Liberal government followed the Parliamentary process, the inclusion of these hunting and sport-shooting firearms could have been brought to their attention well before it became the law of the land.
“Instead, the Liberal government has once again made our lawful outdoor community feel like criminals. This is unacceptable.
“Please contact Public Safety Minister Bill Blair at 416-261-8613 or Bill.Blair@parl.gc.ca and let him know your thoughts on the Order in Council.”