Liberals promise quick action on gun confiscation. Say guns are privilege, not a right

The federal government says they are looking to ban “assault rifles” and “military-style” guns across the country quickly – despite the fact they haven’t defined what constitutes one yet, or have been already banned since the 1970s.

At a Liberal cabinet retreat in Winnipeg this week, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said the “military-style” rifle ban will come in the “near term.”

But he said a government “buy-back” plan for those type of guns already out there would need more time to sort out. The Liberal’s have said they plan on spending up to $250 million buying back the now-legal weapons but critics argue that is woefully inadequate.

“We are very mindful we are dealing with law-abiding Canadians and I want to make sure they are treated fairly and respectfully,” Blair told reporters.

“Firearm ownership in this country is a privilege earned by the adherence to our strict regulations, and I have nothing but respect for those who have been adhering to those regulations.”

He added other measure’s in the government’s gun crackdown would be brought into Parliament in stages.

At a Liberal cabinet retreat in Winnipeg this week, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said the “military-style” rifle ban will come in the “near term.”

But he said a government “buy-back” plan for those type of guns already out there would need more time to sort out. The Liberal’s have said they plan on spending up to $250 million buying back the now-legal weapons but critics argue that is woefully inadequate.

“We are very mindful we are dealing with law-abiding Canadians and I want to make sure they are treated fairly and respectfully,” Blair told reporters.

“Firearm ownership in this country is a privilege earned by the adherence to our strict regulations, and I have nothing but respect for those who have been adhering to those regulations.”

He added other measure’s in the government’s gun crackdown would be brought into Parliament in stages

Blair told a press conference that a planned partial handgun ban will require negotiations with the provinces.

During the October election campaign, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigned on a promise to ban “military-style assault weapons” and allow municipalities to ban handguns.

Blair said his government was working to help communities being shattered by gun violence.

“Our work is to reduce the supply of guns getting into the hands of criminals, but you also have to interdict the demand for those guns,” he said.

“We have just gone through, for many communities across Canada, a very difficult summer last year. And so we want to make sure we are there for those communities and work in those communities to make substantive changes and investments that will help to keep them safe.”