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Bill C-21 being reviewed to ensure it doesn't affect hunting rifles, shotguns, says Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attempted to reassure gun owners Monday by promising his government's gun control legislation is being reviewed to ensure it does not target legitimate gun use.

Trudeau says proposed gun control legislation not “going after hunting rifles or shotguns”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government is consulting with Canadians to ensure that hunting rifles and shotguns were not being swept up in his government's new gun control legislation. (Nicole Osborne/Canadian Press)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attempted to reassure gun owners Monday by promising his government's gun control legislation is being reviewed to ensure it does not target legitimate gun use.

Speaking in Ingersoll, Ont., Trudeau said that the list of firearms that could be banned if Bill C-21 passes in its current form is being reviewed to ensure the legislation does not go after hunting rifles or shotguns.

"We just put forward a list and we're consulting with Canadians on that," Trudeau said.

"That's what we're listening to, feedback on how to make sure that we're not capturing weapons that are primarily hunting weapons."

Trudeau promised his government is not "going after hunting rifles or shotguns."

WATCH: 'We're not going after hunting rifles or shotguns,' PM says

‘We’re not going after hunting rifles or shotguns,’ PM says

2 months ago
Duration 1:50
In response to criticism of Bill C-21, Trudeau reaffirms commitment to go after ‘the most dangerous weapons’ and says the government is listening to feedback to ensure it is ‘not capturing weapons that are primarily hunting weapons.’

Trudeau made the comments in response to widespread pushback against significant amendments made to Bill C-21, a bill crafted initially to ban handguns that the Liberals are attempting to amend with a new list of long guns to be banned.

In a video posted to Instagram over the weekend, Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price objects to the new bill, insists that he is not a criminal or a "threat to society" and says he wants to keep his "hunting tools."

The Conservatives have been joined in opposition to the bill by Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet, who lamented on Twitter that the bill had convinced Price "and so many others that gun control's goal or effect is to hurt hunting."

"The amendment came out of nowhere," said NDP MP Charlie Angus, whose riding covers a vast swath of northern Ontario that includes many remote First Nations.

"This was a handgun bill. We suddenly saw this other legislation that has a lot of people who are legitimate gun owners worried. I think they overreached."

Trudeau said Monday that the focus of Bill C-21 is on guns designed to "kill the largest amount of people as quickly as possible."

"We made a commitment to continue to move forward with strong, smart gun control in this country, to keep communities safe, to keep Canadians safe, and we're going to continue to do that," he said.

WATCH | 'There is a process and we are listening': Minister Mendicino

'There is a process and we are listening': Minister Mendicino

2 months ago
Duration 12:11
If "weapons are commonly used for hunting then they will be exempted" said Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino about firearms listed in an amendment to the government's proposed gun legislation, Bill C-21.

In an interview with CBC News Network's Power & Politics, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino also tried to allay fears that the government is targeting hunters.

Mendicino noted that the bill is still being considered at committee and hasn't been finalized. He also said banning hunting models would be a "red line" for the government.

"We're not going after guns that are commonly used for hunting. We are after the guns that exert the most lethal force in the shortest period of time," Mendicino told host David Cochrane.

WATCH | Opposition MPs discuss Bill C-21

Opposition MPs discuss Bill C-21

2 months ago
Duration 8:22
Conservative public safety critic Raquel Dancho and NDP House Leader Peter Julian joined Power & Politics Monday to debate the controversial amendment to Bill C-21.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Peter Zimonjic

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Peter Zimonjic is a senior writer for CBC News. He has worked as a reporter and columnist in London, England, for the Daily Mail, Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph and in Canada for Sun Media and the Ottawa Citizen. He is the author of Into The Darkness: An Account of 7/7, published by Random House.

With files from the CBC's Evan Dyer

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