Liberal Gun Policy Does Nothing to Protect Canadians from Violent Criminals

February 17, 2021

The Liberal government announced their plan to set-up a program that will ‘buy-back’ firearms that they banned last May. The bill they will introduce prohibits the use, sale and importation of more than 1,500 makes and models of firearms – including those that were purchased legally.

The bill the Liberals are proposing does not explain the details of the firearms buy-back. It does not describe how much this will cost taxpayers. And it does not explain how this new policy will stop violent criminals from using illegal weapons that the government didn’t know existed in the first place.

The reality is, Trudeau’s firearms plan will do nothing to stop gun crime. The vast majority of gun crimes are committed with illegally obtained firearms. Taking firearms away from responsible gun owners will do nothing to stop dangerous criminals and gangs who get their guns illegally.

Canada’s Conservatives are working hard to make sure our nation’s laws surrounding firearms impose tougher sentences for criminals smuggling or who are found in possession of illegal firearms. In fact, we recently introduced a bill in the House of Commons that would do just that. Unfortunately, the Liberals voted against it. They seem more focused on winning political battles than they are about the safety of Canadians.

Instead of targeting law-abiding Canadians and firearm retailers, the government should be investing in police anti-gang and gun units. Additionally, we must ensure our border security agency has the resources they need to stop illegal smuggling operations and get dangerous criminals and gangs off our streets.

The Liberals have failed to understand that for many Canadians, firearms play a fundamental role in maintaining their livelihoods. Many farmers, hunters and sport shooters depend upon firearms in their day-to-day lives and these law-abiding Canadians are already subject to extremely strict vetting procedures.

You can be sure that our Conservative team will not stand idly by as the government punishes innocent gun owners in Canada. We will fight to ensure that this attack on law-abiding gun owners ends, and that criminals are targeted by the government to end gun violence in Canada once and for all.

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