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Minister Blaney Highlights the Government of Canada's Safe and Sensible Firearms Policies

SUMMERSIDE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND -- (Marketwired) -- 08/20/14 -- Public Safety Canada

Today, the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, met with stakeholders to discuss our Government's actions to ensure the safety of our communities, while standing up for the rights of law-abiding firearms owners.

Quick Facts


--  On August 15, 2014, the Government of Canada announced the coming-into-
    force of the Firearms Records Regulations (Classification). These
    regulations will require the Registrar of Firearms to keep a record of
    every classification determination made by them, and prohibit the
    amendment of those records following one year after the day on which the
    record is made.
--  On July 23, 2014, our Government announced the coming-into-force of an
    expanded Order Declaring an Amnesty Period (2014), so that persons in
    possession of a CZ 858 or one of the Swiss Arms family of rifles are
    protected from criminal prosecution, and can fully enjoy the use of
    their property, including at the firing range.
--  The amnesty will expire on March 14, 2016.
--  Additionally, the Government of Canada announced its intention to table
    the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act, which would streamline
    licensing and eliminate red tape for law-abiding firearms owners.

Quotes

"Our Government has a proud record of standing up for law abiding firearms owners, hunters, and sport shooters. With the support of stakeholders, we will continue to bring forward common sense measures to streamline firearms licensing and eliminate needless red tape for law-abiding gun owners. As we continue to make our communities better places to live, work and raise our families, my foremost priority will continue to be keeping the public safe, through common sense policies."

- The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Associated Links

Safe and sensible firearms policy

Harper Government brings common sense to firearms licensing

Canadian Firearms Program

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For more information, please visit the website www.publicsafety.gc.ca.

Contacts:
Jason Tamming
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Public Safety
and Emergency Preparedness
613-991-2924

Media Relations
Public Safety Canada
613-991-0657

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