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Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Critical of New Firearms Legislation

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound | by Matt Hermiz  

Bill C-71 passes in Senate.

The MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound says Bill C-71 does nothing to enhance public safety after the Liberals' legislation enacting tougher gun controls in Canada was passed by the Senate earlier this week.

C-71 introduces several new firearms policies including expanded background checks on those seeking gun licenses which now subjects an applicant to have their entire life history reviewed for any potential concerns, as opposed to the current standard of the past five years.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale called C-71 "common-sense" firearm safety in a tweet after the bill was passed earlier this week.

The new legislation also ensures gun retailers keep a record of sales and inventories -- something the Conservatives are labelling a "backdoor gun registry".

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Larry Miller, who is set to retire from federal politics this fall after 15 years in office, says the bill fails to enhance public safety and does nothing to tackle illegal firearms.

He calls it another target on law-abiding firearms owners.

"They're trying to send a message to people in large urban centres who see the brunt of these gang crimes," Miller explains. "But this bill doesn't do anything to actually address that problem."

The Conservatives have vowed to repeal C-71 if elected this fall. 

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