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Vernon MP hosting town hall on firearms

North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold is hosting a town hall meeting on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.
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VERNON - Vernon's Member of Parliament want to have a conversation about guns with his constituents.

Mel Arnold, MP for North Okanagan-Shuswap, is hosting a town hall meeting on firearms next weekend at the Prestige Inn in Vernon. According to Arnold, the event will discuss firearms legislation and gang violence.

"It's been a growing issue across the country," he said. "I'm surprised how many people are concerned."

Firearms have been in the spotlight since the federal government introduced Bill C-71, a multimillion-dollar plan to combat a rise in gun and gang violence in Canada. The Conservative opposition has introduced it's own measures which it considers more effective.

Arnold is asking everyone to attend the town hall to voice their opinion and concerns on firearms legislation.

"It's an open discussion," he said.

Michelle Rempel, MP for Calgary-Nose Hill and Official Opposition Critic for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, will be a special guest at the event.

Rempel will also be attending Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola MP Dan Albas' town hall meeting in Kelowna at the Ramada hotel on Jan. 18 starting at 6 p.m.

The Vernon firearms town hall begins at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 at the Prestige Inn. Arnold is asking attendees not to bring firearms to the discussion.

— This story was updated at 2:34 p.m. Jan. 14, 2019, to include comments from Mel Arnold.

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