OTTAWA, O.N. – Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer recently hosted a number of industry experts and fellow parliamentarians for a seminar on the issue of UN Resolution 55/255, which deals with manufacturing and trafficking in firearms.
Zimmer, who is also Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus, said that the Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus is in the process of formalizing its membership. The caucus is open to members of all political parties that are avid hunters, trappers, and outdoors people. Zimmer likened the caucus to the Sportsman’s Caucus in the U.S. Congress, and added that MPs from the NDP, Liberal, Conservative, and Green parties have all attended meetings.
The seminar hosted by Zimmer saw many stakeholders in the firearms industry attend, including the head of Beretta, the world’s largest and oldest firearms manufacturer. Zimmer says that the UN Resolution would require that any firearm imported to Canada be marked with a “CA” denoting the country, followed by two digits denoting the year.
Under the terms of the resolution, the marking must be applied after entry into a given country. Zimmer said that this process is both time-consuming and can be expensive, costing as much as $200 per firearm. Zimmer said that those costs on all imported firearms including pellet guns would then be passed on to the consumer. Zimmer also called the markings unnecessary, saying that firearm serial numbers are standardized by all manufacturers. He also said that each serial number is completely unique, similar to an automobile’s VIN number.
“We are concerned that we are unknowingly implementing a law meant for third world countries where illegal trafficking is a real concern but is completely unnecessary for Canadian firearms,” said Zimmer. “Canadian firearms, whether imported into Canada or manufactured here, are already completely traceable using the serial number and the systems that are already in place for owners and retailers.”