Bob Uchtman the Director and Secretary Treasurer of The Pas Firearms Association posted a link to a petition on the associations Facebook group that urges the federal government not to ban hand guns and assault rifles in Canada.
One of the reasons that Uchtman opposes the ban is because assault rifles have to be capable of fully automatic fire and the ones that you can buy are semi automatic and they are no different than semi automatic rifles that are legally used for hunting, but the image that they look like military style rifles give the false impression that they are bad. Uchtman added that when it comes to violence guns are not the problem it’s a crime problem involving drugs and gangs and that the government should be focused on them instead of law abiding gun owners.
Though Uchtman is opposed to a ban on assault rifles and handguns he does not have a problem with taking these firearms from criminals. MP Niki Ashton spoke to Arctic Radio News on the matter and said that the legislation put forward by the federal government is directed at allowing municipalities and provinces to give them the power within their own jurisdictions to ban hand guns and assault rifles if they choose to do so in response to rising gun violence in cities like Toronto but small communities like The Pas do not have this issue.
The NDP does support allowing jurisdictions to make their own laws regarding firearms but Ashton is still a staunch defender of Northern People having access to firearms for hunting and sport shooting and she opposed the previous long gun registry calling it a quote wasteful piece of legislation.
Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer is opposed to having a ban on Assault rifles and handguns and believes the focus should be on criminals rather then responsible gun owners.
The Green Party of Canada’s website says that they would introduce a ban on handguns and semi automatic rifles and eliminate their used with a buyback program.
Peoples Party of Canada’s website said that they would introduce a fair gun policy for Canada. This would include making the firearms safety course more widely available, classifying firearms based on function rather than appearance, and repel magazine size restrictions to name a few.