Gun laws in Canada: new law coming Monday

Federal Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino will introduce new firearms legislation on Monday, his colleague Justice Minister David Lametti said.

On Monday, May 30’s “notice paper” — the document in which MPs and ministers announce plans to introduce bills and motions shortly — Mendicino notified a new bill titled “An Act to Amend Certain Laws and Certain Derivatives.” changes (firearms) )”.

In an interview with CTV’s Q&A to be broadcast on Sunday, Lametti pointed to the advance notice given to the House of Commons, confirming that the plan is to show the new bill shortly after MPs return to the House of Commons on May 30 to begin work. their last four-week stretch before heading off to summer.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau indicated that the federal government would introduce new gun control measures “in the coming weeks”.

After the last election, Medicino was tasked with moving forward with a series of gun-related changes, although it remains to be seen what specifically will be included in this new bill. According to parliamentary convention, Lametti does not want to comment in advance on the content of the bill.

He did note, however, that there are “a number of different” pending measures, between an unpassed past law and pledges for the 2021 election campaign.

The forthcoming legislation does bear the same title as a previously failed bill passed by the last parliament, which died on promissory note after Trudeau declared the 2021 elections.

Among the notable promises of liberal gun control from that legislation and from Mendicino’s mandate letter that could be included in the new bill:

  • Continue to require owners of prohibited firearms to sell them back to the government to be destroyed or “disabled”;
  • Relocating to prohibit the sale or transfer of high-capacity magazines that can hold more than the legal number of bullets;
  • Require elongated magazines to be changed permanently “so that they can never hold more than five rounds”;
  • Providing funding to provinces and territories that continue to ban handguns in their municipalities;
  • Increase in maximum penalties for trafficking and smuggling of firearms; and
  • Filing “red flag laws” that allow immediate disposal of firearms if the owner is considered a threat to themselves or others. This is a commitment for which Lametti has a shared responsibility.

Speaking about the May 24 mass shooting at a Texas elementary school, the secretary of public safety said it is a reminder that “we still have a lot of work to do” in Canada.

“It’s not just about writing responsible laws with common sense. It’s not just about investing more in law enforcement… It’s primarily about preventing crime, isn’t it?” Mendicino said on May 25.

In the interview that aired on Sunday, Lametti said some of the above pledges were part of recent discussions.

“I am not going to anticipate what Secretary Mendocino may or may not announce on Monday. What I can say is that we have heard from survivors of gun violence, we have seen a wave of gun violence… On the other side On the other hand, we know also that we have legitimate marksmen, for example… There is hunting and we don’t want to do anything that also goes into those legitimate interests,” Lametti said.

“So these kinds of discussions are important, they are ongoing, they are serious. We know we need to address this. We promised that, something is coming on Monday.”

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