On September 20, 2018, I gave a speech in the House of Commons concerning Bill C-71. At its heart, Bill C-71 is a relatively modest bill. It tries to do four things.
First of all, it tries to remove the decision on the classification of guns from the Governor in Council, namely the government, i.e. politicians, and place it with the RCMP.
Second, it grandfathers individual licence-holders in two sets of prohibited weapons, one being Czech and one being Swiss. Then, on a specific day that has already passed, June 30, it reinstates those weapons as prohibited weapons and makes new acquisitions prohibited. Under the previous legislation, or the order under the Governor in Council, those guns were not prohibited.
Third, it expands the realm of inquiry into background checks.
Fourth, it requires vendors to keep a record of sale and have a potential purchaser show a valid licence.
Gun safety is important for all Canadians. With these amendments in place, we can continue to affirm that cause and keep our citizens safe.