Maxime Bernier: when I’m PM firearm owners ‘won’t have to worry’

Maxime Bernier
Maxime Bernier speaks in the House of Commons. (Photo: CP)

Conservative party leader candidate Maxime Bernier is telling gun owners that when he is Prime Minister they “won’t have to worry” about becoming a criminal overnight or their firearms being reclassified.

Tory leadership candidate Maxime Bernier is telling gun owners that they “won’t have to worry” about their firearms when he is Prime Minister.

According to Bernier, a former cabinet minister in prime minister Stephen Harper’s government, “Liberals hate guns. We know [they are] going to change the law. But we don’t know how” he asserted in a fundraising note to the Conservative Party members on Tuesday. “Without changing any laws, the Liberals could steal our property and make people criminals overnight,” he wrote. “It’s not fair, and it doesn’t make Canada any safer.”

The 53-year-old Member of Parliament representing Beauce (Quebec), continued to add that he doesn’t believe public safety means taking guns away from law-abiding citizens. “I don’t believe that owning firearms makes you a criminal, or dangerous, or violent person. When I’m prime minister, firearms owners won’t have to worry anymore.”

A spokesperson for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, Scott Bardsley, said the Liberal Party plans to repeal certain elements of C-42 (Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act), including the section that rolled Authorizations to Transport (ATTs) into restricted firearms licenses and eliminated the need for additional authorizations and paper copies – something the Grits falsely believe allows restricted firearms to be transported without permits.

Still, “[the Liberals] will not interfere in the police’s decision-making about weapons classifications”, he added.

According to Bardsley, the Liberal Party wants to make it more difficult for gangs and criminals to get their hands on pistols and so-called assault weapons. “Our government believes in balanced, effective gun control that prioritizes public safety while ensuring law-abiding firearms owners do not face unfair treatment under the law.”

Despite their support for and willingness to assist establishing Quebec’s provincial gun registry, Bardsley stated they “will not recreate a federal long gun registry”.

Bernier’s fundraising note ended with a call for supporters to donate $5 to his campaign. Maxime Hupé, a spokesman for Bernier, said that his fundraising campaign has collected more than $500,000 so far.