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Liberals, Tories quarrel over scope of proposed assault-style firearm definition – National

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of liberals states that the proposed definition of prohibited assault-type firearms applies only to guns belonging to the battlefield.

However conservative Lawmakers on Thursday continued to argue that the federal move would outlaw a large number of conventional hunting rifles and shotguns.

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The liberal government wants to include an evergreen definition of prohibited assault-style firearms in gun laws that regulators are considering. House of Commons Public Safety Commission.

The measures, introduced during a clause-by-section review of the bill on Tuesday, build on a May 2020 regulatory ban on more than 1,500 models and variations of what the government deems assault-style firearms, such as the AR-15 and Ruger Mini. increase. -14.

Among other technical specifications, the proposed definition includes centerfire semi-automatic rifles or shotguns designed to accept detachable magazines capable of holding five or more cartridges.

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At a committee meeting Thursday, Liberal Rep. Pam Damov said the definition would codify the types of firearms banned in 2020 into the penal code and would “clarify the specifications of these guns designed for war.” provide a simple definition.”

“Let me be clear, we are not chasing hunters,” Damov said. “We are trying to rid our society of weapons designed for the battlefield.”

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She said the amendment would prevent gun manufacturers from tweaking banned firearm designs to make them available again for use in Canada. Manufacturers will not be able to manipulate the system to continue selling weapons that are prohibited under any other name.”

Conservative MP Glenn Mots said the definition would effectively ban hundreds of thousands of firearms, including many unrestricted guns.

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“I think it was a deliberate attempt to mislead the Canadian public and mislead Congress,” he said.

Conservative public safety commentator Raquel Dancho said the proposed definition casts a very broad net, calling it “the most significant hunting rifle ban in Canadian history.”

“If liberals had any integrity, they would have brought this into the original bill and it could have been debated in the House,” she said.

“But, of course, they didn’t.” During the hearings, liberals released an updated list of nearly 300 pages of different models and variations of firearms that are now banned.

In contrast, state ministers Alberta, manitoba When Saskatchewan issued a joint statement condemning Ottawamovement.

The federal government’s effort to define assault-style firearms is in response to pleas from proponents for tougher gun laws, who wanted such language in law.

Gun control group PolySeSouvient called the amendments “an important step towards a comprehensive and permanent ban on assault weapons in Canada.”

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