Bob Zimmer M.P. Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies

Our Government: Second Reading of Bill C-346

Our Government: Second Reading of Bill C-346

OTTAWA – On June 5 Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies, rose in the House for the first hour of debate on his Private Members’ Bill. Bill C-346 An Act to Amend the Firearms Act (licenses) seeks to ensure that firearms owners will never be criminalized for an administrative issue.

“I would like to ensure that ‘Grandpa Joe’ will never become an outlaw simply for neglecting to update his information, information that is already being updated daily,” said MP Zimmer. “Any person who has undergone the rigorous process of obtaining a firearms license is having their information confirmed and updated daily, therefore the need to renew every five years is redundant.”

Mr. Zimmer continued by adding, “It’s concerning to me that the Liberal government has taken a stand against this Bill on the grounds that, and I quote, ‘The private member's bill before us would make it easier for people who pose a danger to the public to acquire and possess guns.’ This statement is categorically false, there is nothing in Bill C-346 that proposes changes to the rigorous and thorough process of obtaining a firearms license in Canada.”

MP Larry Maguire also rose to speak in support of MP Zimmer’s Private Members’ Bill. “Bill C-346 builds on the Conservative caucus's long and proud history of defending the rights of Canadian firearms owners,” said Mr. Maguire. “The bill builds on the progress made to ensure common-sense legislation that allows Canadians to become licensed firearms owners in a structured, yet simple mannered process, without compromising the security of Canadians.”

Bill C-346 seeks to amend the Firearms Act by requiring that firearms licenses be updated every ten years instead of expiring after five years in order to ensure that no individual would be breaking the law by simply owning a firearm. The other aspect of the Bill is voluntary relinquishment, which allows for an individual to turn in their firearms license without fear of future negative repercussions.