FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It carried more than 25,000 signatures, but the Trudeau government has shot down the AR-15 e-petition launched by Marc Bennett of Corner Brook, Newfoundland, and sponsored by Prince George/Peace River/Northern Rockies MP, Bob Zimmer.
This is the petition tabled in the Commons this summer calling on the government to reclassify the rifle as an unrestricted firearm.
The petitioners wrote, “This rifle is the most versatile hunting rifle in the world”…adding…“The calibre can easily be changed to meet lawful provincial hunting requirements from small game to big game animals, without the need to purchase multiple gaming rifles .”
However, the Liberal government was having no part of their arguments with Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale saying he has no intention of invoking a section of Canada’s criminal code to reclassify the firearm as unrestricted.
While not surprised Mr. Zimmer did find the government response troubling, especially Mr. Goodale’s commitment to put the decision making authority about weapons classification back into the hands of RCMP.
However, Canada’s restricted gun ownership increased nine and half percent last year and Mr. Zimmer says the firearms debate is far from over.
The local MP also believes the outcome of the US Presidential Election this fall could have an impact on the issue going forward.