Liberals withdraw controversial amendments to gun control bill
In a surprise move, the Liberals have withdrawn their amendments to gun control Bill C-21, which would have targeted rifles and shotguns popular with hunters in an effort to ban assault-style weapons.
Liberal MP Taleeb Noor Mohamed (Vancouver Granville Province, BC) announced the amendments would be withdrawn at the the House of Commons public safety committee on Friday morning.
Bill C-21 builds on a May 2020 regulatory ban of more than 1,500 models and variants of what the government calls “assault-style firearms.” The bill was initially intended to target handguns, but late-stage amendments expanded the law to include assault-style rifles.
The amendment also would have banned long guns that generate more than 10,000 joules of energy, or guns with a muzzle wider than 20 millimetres, which that would have rendered many common firearms illegal.
Last Dec. 5, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Papineau, QC) claimed Bill C-21 was being reviewed to ensure it wouldn’t target legitimate gun use. He later accused the Conservative Party of spreading “misinformation and disinformation” about the Liberals going after hunting rifles and shotguns.