More Gun Control Coming?
January 31, 2018
The federal government plans to introduce new gun control legislation, which is expected to fulfil promises made during the 2015 election campaign, sometime this spring.
Aimed at restricting access to handguns and assault weapons, the Liberal bill was originally expected late last year, but that didn’t happen. On Thursday, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale confirmed the new timeline.
Gun advocates have said the rules — which have been delayed eight times by four successive governments — would increase the price of every gun sold in the country, including paintball markers. Goodale admitted at the time they needed “substantial re-writing.”
According to Goodale spokesperson Scott Bardsley, “To be clear, we have said all along that we will not recreate a federal long-gun registry, and we won’t”.