Reclassification of Ruger 10/22 Magazines
August 3, 2016
OTTAWA: A backdoor classification system, which gives the RCMP Firearms Program the ability to classify firearms and other components of firearms as prohibited and restricted with the stroke of a pen, is a system that is severely lacking in transparency.
Just recently, the RCMP began the process of quietly notifying police agencies and retail outlets that firearms magazines manufactured for the 10/22 Ruger platform are now prohibited devices in Canada. The decision was made three years ago, but no one was notified and the magazines were still sold. The RCMP is now enforcing this decision with absolutely no public consultation or communication as to how this magazine presents a risk to public safety, criminalizing thousands of law-abiding individuals for simply owning property that they purchased legally.
This unaccountable classification system is the reason why our previous Conservative Government passed Bill C-42, the ‘Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act’, which contained a clause allowing for Cabinet to reverse these backdoor decisions. This clause proved necessary in reversing the classification of the Swiss Arms Classic Green Rifle as prohibited in 2014. Now, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Government has promised to repeal this clause, allowing the RCMP to continue to make unfair decisions.
I call upon the Liberal Government to rethink their promise to repeal this clause until a more transparent and accountable process of classifying firearms is implemented. I also call upon the Liberal Government to introduce amnesty for the hundreds of thousands of responsible citizens who own the recently reclassified magazines so that they are not criminalized for owning property that was purchased legally.
Law-abiding firearms owners deserve better.
For more information: Jim Eglinski, MP (780) 723-6068