The party of the $1 billion wasteful and ineffective long-gun registry is at it again. Justin Trudeau’s gun control advisor, Liberal Senator Celine Hervieux- Payette, has introduced a bill that would ban almost all guns and criminalize most forms of hunting and sport shooting.
“The Liberal Party has a long history of opposing Canada’s law-abiding firearms owners,” said Blaine Calkins, Member of Parliament for Wetaskiwin and Co-Chair of the Conservative Hunting and Angling Caucus. “This latest bill shows yet again that the Liberals do not respect Canada’s hunters and law-abiding firearms owners and do not understand our way of life.”
On June 11, 2015, Senator Hervieux-Payette introduced Bill S-231. This Bill would irreparably harm Canadians who own and use firearms. It calls for a complete ban on firearms except for a select few approved by the government.
It requires that gun owners demonstrate a “need” to possess a firearm, and requires that anyone who is allowed to keep a firearm is subject to “periodic inspections.” Finally, Bill S-231 would completely repeal the Conservative Bill C-42: The Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act, which was tabled by our Conservative Government to undo the decade of abuse endured by Canadian gun owners under the Liberals.
Only weeks ago this same Liberal Senator sent a fear-mongering email to Parliamentary employees, claiming that having armed police officers on Parliament Hill was a “mistake” because “the first victims of an attack will probably be police officers.”
“This bill could have serious consequences,” said Calkins. “For example, the Liberal’s firearm ban requires that, on the day the bill becomes law, all individuals who possess firearms bring them to a shooting range to be turned over to police. What would be the impact and cost of doing this?”
The Liberal Party has a long history of opposing Canada’s hunters, farmers, and law-abiding firearms owners. Former Liberal Justice Minister Allan Rock claimed that he came to Ottawa with the goal of ensuring that only the police and military have firearms. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau continues to support the $1 billion failed Liberal long-gun registry, pledging: “I voted to keep the firearms registry a few months ago and if we had a vote tomorrow I would vote once again to keep the long- gun registry.”
Meanwhile, New Democrat leader Thomas Mulcair has called for a return of the failed Liberal long-gun registry. He says that he would “bring in something that allows the police to track every gun in Canada.”
“Law abiding gun owners, hunters and farmers have worked too hard, for too long to let the NDP and Liberals bring back a long gun registry. I will always stand up for law abiding Canadians and victims first, by going after only those who use guns to commit crimes,” said Calkins.