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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

On Monday, a new federal guns bill will be introduced: Lametti

On Monday, a new federal guns bill will be introduced: Lametti

Key Takeaways:

  • Federal Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino will announce new gun legislation on Monday, as per his colleague, Justice Minister David Lametti.
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised that new gun-control legislation would be introduced by the federal government “in the coming weeks.”

According to his colleague, Justice Minister David Lametti, Federal Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino will introduce new guns law on Monday.

Mendicino has given notice of a new bill titled “An Act to amend certain Acts and to make certain consequential modifications (firearms)” on the Monday, May 30 “notice paper,” which is the document where MPs and ministers announce plans to introduce bills and motions soon.

Lametti mentioned the advance notice given to the House of Commons in an interview with CTV’s Question Period, which will air on Sunday, and confirmed the plan to unveil the new bill shortly after MPs resume to the Commons on May 30 to begin their final four-week session before adjourning for the summer.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government would go forward with new gun-control legislation “in the coming weeks.”

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Medicino was charged with forging forward on a slew of gun-related amendments following the election, though it’s unclear what will be included in this new draught. Lametti would not comment on the bill’s substance in advance according to parliamentary protocol.

He did, however, note that there are “a lot of various” outstanding measures, ranging from a previously unpassed statute to election campaign commitments in 2021.

The upcoming legislation bears the same name as a failed bill from the previous Parliament, which perished on the order paper after Trudeau announced the election for 2021.

The following are some of the outstanding Liberal gun-control commitments from that bill and Mendicino’s mandate letter that could be included in the new law:

Owners of restricted firearms must sell them back to the government and have them destroyed or “made unusable.”

The sale and transfer of high-capacity magazines that can store more than the allowed number of bullets are prohibited.

Long-gun magazines must be permanently modified. “They can never store more than five rounds.”

On Monday, a new federal guns bill will be introduced: Lametti
On Monday, a new federal guns bill will be introduced: Lametti. Image from PBS NewsHour

Providing financial support to provinces and territories who take steps to outlaw firearms in their jurisdictions.

The maximum sanctions for firearm trafficking and smuggling are being increased.

“Red flag laws” are being proposed, which would allow firearms to be taken away instantly if the owner is regarded as a threat to themselves or others. Lametti has a joint responsibility for this promise.

The public safety minister said the mass shooting at a Texas elementary school on May 24 reminds us that “we certainly have a lot of work to do” in Canada.

“It’s not simply about enacting sensible and responsible legislation. It’s not only about increasing law enforcement spending… Isn’t it about preventing crime from occurring in the first place?” On May 25, Mendicino stated.

Lametti added that many of the above promises had been discussed recently in an interview that aired on Sunday.

“I’m not going to speculate on whether or not Minister Mendocino will announce on Monday. I can state that we’ve heard from gun violence survivors and seen a spike in gun violence… On the other side, we know that we have respectable sports shooters, such as… There’s hunting, and we don’t want to do anything that would jeopardize those legitimate interests, “Lametti explained.

“As a result, these kinds of talks are vital, continuous, and serious. We’re well aware that we need to do something about it. We’ve committed to doing so, and you’ll receive something on Monday.”

Source: CTV News

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