Sportsmen's Alliance Calls On Government To Scrap Gun Legislation

Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2018 08:55 AM

Some strong words from the Executive Director of the Northwestern Ontario Sportsmen's Alliance over proposed federal gun legislation.

John Kaplanis says the bill punishes law abiding gun owners and not those who commit violent crime.

Bill C-71 has passed first reading but has yet to receive final approval.

It includes measures to broaden background checks for gun owners, and revamps the way guns are classified in Canada.

Kaplanis is hoping for an end to the legislation but says that their group realizes with the Liberal government in power, that's not likely to happen.

He says all they can really hope for is a delay in the process, hopefully until the next Federal election where they will see the Liberal government get voted out.

Kaplanis says the Alliance is sympathetic to the victims and families of firearms crime, however they want to be cognisant of moving forward with measures that put more restrictions on hunters and trappers.

He adds the legislation is onerous and provides more red tape and does nothing to "address gang violence and drug related firearm crime in downtown Toronto.

National Minister for Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair was recently in Kenora to get input on the proposed changes.