Statement on Liberal Firearms Legislation

Steinbach, MB – Ted Falk, Member of Parliament for Provencher, responded today to the introduction of the Liberal government’s firearms legislation, Bill C-21:

“Today, the Liberal government tabled a bill to set up a program to buyback the firearms they banned in May: prohibiting the use, sale, and importation of more than 1,500 makes and models of legally-purchased firearms.

“The reality is the vast majority of gun crimes are committed with illegally obtained firearms. Taking firearms away from law-abiding citizens fails to address the real problem: stopping dangerous criminals and gangs who obtain guns illegally.

“Only a few weeks ago, the Liberals voted against and defeated Bill C-238, a Conservative bill that would have imposed tougher sentences for criminals smuggling or who are found in possession of illegal firearms. This common-sense legislation focused on addressing the real causes of gun violence, instead of targeting law-abiding Canadians and firearms retailers. If the Liberals wanted to show they’re serious about gun violence, they should have supported Bill C-238.

“I speak regularly with local firearms owners. These individuals know and understand the value of well-crafted firearms policies. They understand their responsibilities as firearms owners. They respect the rules in place. But they don’t understand why the Liberal government continues to target them knowing full-well that the problem lies with criminals and gangs.

“Like these law-abiding citizens, Conservatives support common-sense firearms policies that keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals. Likewise, we oppose measures that target law-abiding firearms owners while failing to address criminal gun violence.

“I urge the Liberals to adjust course and bring forward legislation, like Bill C-238, to tackle the real sources of gun violence.”