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MP Strahl responds to Liberals’ firearms legislation

CHILLIWACK – Mark Strahl, Member of Parliament for Chilliwack—Hope issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement by the Trudeau Liberal government on the firearms buyback program:

“It is disappointing that during a pandemic, Justin Trudeau is focused on his own re-election and advancing the Liberals’ ideological agenda instead of helping Canadians get vaccines.”

“Just recently, the Liberals voted against and defeated Bill C-238, a Conservative bill that would have imposed tougher sentences for criminals smuggling or who are found in possession of illegal firearms. The Trudeau Liberals’ decision to vote against this bill shows they are not serious about stopping dangerous criminals from getting their hands on illegal guns.”

“The reality is, the vast majority of gun crimes are committed with illegally obtained firearms. Taking firearms away from law-abiding citizens does nothing to stop dangerous criminals and gangs who obtain their guns illegally.”

“Instead of targeting law-abiding Canadians and firearm retailers, the government should be investing in police anti-gang and gun units and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to provide law enforcement with the resources they need to stop illegal smuggling operations and get dangerous criminals and gangs off the streets.”

“Conservatives are committed to ensuring that Canadians are safe and secure in their homes and in their communities. We strongly believe that those who pose a risk to themselves or others should not be in possession of firearms. This provision already exists under Section 5 of the Firearms Act. We will continue to defend the rights of law-abiding gun owners and advocate for tougher measures against violent criminals.”

“We are calling on the Trudeau Liberals to ensure that Canada’s firearms legislation is based on evidence, not on ideology, and respects the rights of Canadians.”