Standing Up For Firearm Owners
September 22, 2017
OTTAWA: On September 21st, Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, took part in debate on Bill C-47, An Act to Amend the Export and Import Permits Act and the Criminal Code.
The bill would officially bring Canada into line with the UN Arms Trade Treaty, also known as the ATT. The purpose of the treaty is to regulate the international trade of arms to prevent illegal transfers of arms that fuel conflict, encourage terrorism, and support organized crime.
“Canada already implements and complies with the vast majority of the treaty’s obligations,” stated MP Eglinski in the House of Commons. “. . . The treaty was designed to bring other countries up to the high standards that Canada already applied to its export control regime.”
The previous Conservative Government refused to sign the treaty because of the negative impacts it would have on Canadian gun owners. Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper requested that the UN remove citizens from the language of the treaty, but the UN refused.
For Canada to accede to the ATT, Bill C-47 would require all individuals and merchants importing a firearm to obtain a brokering permit, and require that all documentation pertaining to the acquisition of an import permit, certificate, or allocation be retained for a period of six years.
“. . . the Liberal government did not consult with lawful gun owners. It is ramming [this bill] through, and shoving it down the throats of Canadians without proper consultation. That I cannot stand for. I will stand up for the lawful gun owners in my riding and across Canada who are law-abiding citizens,” concluded MP Eglinski.
To read the speech and find more information on Bill C-47, visit the House Publications page at: www.ourcommons.ca/en.