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Salmon Arm MP criticizes new ban on 'military-grade' guns

Mel Arnold
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May 02, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Salmon Arm MP Mel Arnold believes that new gun control measures should focus on the illegally bought and sold guns, instead of on Canadian firearm ownership.

“Although, I believe the prime minister desires to reduce the amount of violence caused by guns, his decision to forego parliament’s legislative and democratic channels and utilize an Order in Council to deliver a 2019 campaign promise is, frankly, wrong," Arnold said in an emailed statement.

“Yes, Canada is still reeling from a mass shooting that claimed more lives than any before it. We all want solutions-actions to hopefully prevent loss of lives tomorrow and onwards. This is a problem that needs to be solved. The reality is, most gun crimes are committed with illegally obtained firearms and nothing that the prime minister announced (May 1) will solve this problem," he said in the statement.

The announcement of the ban came yesterday, May 1 from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The ban includes the AR-15 rifle and the Ruger Mini-14 which was used to kill 14 women at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique in 1989.

READ MORE: Trudeau announces ban on 1,500 types of 'military-grade' guns

Arnold continued that the prime minister should be targeting gangs and those who smuggle and sell guns illegally and should expand mental health and addiction treatment support for Canadians.

“My Conservative colleagues and I will continue to press the government for actions that will deliver the results we all want. This includes support for police anti-gang and gun units, a Firearms Smuggling Task Force to stop illegal imports of guns, support for courts and prosecutors and tougher sentences for violent offenders," he said in the statement.

- With files from The Canadian Press

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