The federal government has granted amnesty to owners of the rifle, who according to the Public safety Minister Office will be able to continue to possess their guns “without threat of criminal charges.”
The RCMP had been investigating a small group of rifles similar to the Classic Greens that were brought into Canada eight months ago.
The RCMP said they suspected the guns could be converted to automatic weapons, and automatic weapons are banned in Canada.
Prince George & Peace River MP, Bob Zimmer was “outraged to learn that, on February 26, 2014, the RCMP had reclassified the Swiss Arms Classic Green rifle from a non-restricted firearm to a prohibited firearm.”
Zimmer says “they are trying to get a better system in place, so this can’t happen again.”
The issue was brought up by Conservative MPs in the House of Commons Monday, who promised to support law-abiding gun owners.
Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney’s office issued a statement, saying: “The Minister announced his intent to bring forward an amnesty to ensure that individuals in possession of these firearms can continue to possess their property without threat of criminal charges. Details of the amnesty will be made public in the near future. Our Government will always stand-up for law-abiding citizens.”