Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

Fed Gov't News

Common Sense Fire Arms Act

Looking to make it harder for those charged with domestic violence to get a gun

Released by Robert Peaersall, PA to MP Mark Strahl/Voice file photo


hilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP Mark Strahl highlighted the Common Sense Firearms Act which was tabled in the House of Commons on October 7.

“Our Government has always stood up for law-abiding hunters, farmers and sport-shooters. This legislation will simplify and provide clarity to the firearms regime and reduce administrative burdens for law abiding firearms owners while protecting the safety of Canadians,” said Strahl.

The Common Sense Firearms Act proposes to:

• Create a six-month grace period at the end of the five-year licence period to stop people from immediately becoming criminalized for paperwork delays around license renewals; 
• Streamline the licensing system by eliminating the Possession Only Licence (POL) and converting all existing POLs to Possession and Acquisition Licences (PALs);
• Make classroom participation in firearms safety training mandatory for first-time licence applicants;
• Amend the Criminal Code to strengthen the provisions relating to orders prohibiting the possession of firearms where a person is convicted of an offence involving domestic violence;
• End needless paperwork around Authorizations to Transport by making them a condition of a licence for certain routine and lawful activities;
• Provide for the discretionary authority of Chief Firearms Officers to be subject to limit by regulation;
• Authorize firearms import information sharing when restricted and prohibited firearms are imported into Canada by businesses; and,
• Allow the Government to have the final say on classification decisions, following the receipt of independent expert advice.

Common sense changes to the Criminal Code and the classification regime will ensure the rights of lawful firearms owners are respected.


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