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 Prime Minister instructing the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, to examine a potential handgun and assault weapon ban:
“This government has shown time and time again that it is hostile towards Canada’s lawful and law-abiding firearms owners.
“The safety of Canadians should be the top priority of any government, however by focusing once again on our highly-vetted firearms owners, the Liberals are ignoring the fact that most firearms used to commit crimes are illegally sourced.
“What this government is suggesting will do nothing to make our communities safer.
“It is clear that this government does not believe the rights of law-abiding firearms owners should be protected. As a firearms owner myself, I strongly oppose a blanket firearms ban on law-abiding firearms owners and I will continue to push for common sense solutions that focus on the criminal elements behind firearms-related violence including gang activity and cross-border weapons smuggling.”
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