MP Zimmer expresses concern over 10/22 magazine decision

Zimmer wrote to RMCP Commissioner Bob Paulson to not only express his concerns but to reverse the 10/22 magazine decision he calls bureaucratic and errant


Bob Zimmer, MP for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies and vocal proponent of the firearms community in the House of Commons, has written to the Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Bob Paulson, to not only express his concern for the recent decision by the RCMP to prohibit Ruger 10/22 magazines with capacities greater than 10 rounds but also to reverse the decision.

According to Zimmer the decision is “errant” and “has done nothing to promote public safety, and has only created fear and uncertainty within the law-abiding firearms community” – something many, if not most, members of that community have expressed since the RCMP began circulating internal documents declaring the magazines as prohibited.

In his letter to Commission Paulson he states that not only has he heard from many constituents who expressed concerned about how the “bureaucratic decision” being made without public notice will make many law-abiding firearms owners unknowingly criminals, and stated that the magazines in question “are clearly designed for the Ruger 10/22 rifle, and are therefore exempt” from capacity restrictions.

Zimmer goes on to explain that the decision contradicts the Criminal Code’s Regulations Prescribing Certain Firearms and Other Weapons, Components and Parts of Weapons, Accessories, Cartridge Magazines, Ammunition and Projectiles as Prohibited, Restricted or Non-Restricted, which states that “any cartridge magazine that was originally designed or manufactured for use in a firearm that is chambered for, or designed to use, rimfire cartridges” is exempt from any capacity regulation.

The Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale, was also included as a recipient in the letter to Commissioner Paulson. The full text of the letter is available below.

MP Bob Zimmer’s letter to RCMP Commissioner Paulson (PDF)