‘Whatever they do, we will undo,’ Peter MacKay says about Liberal’s proposed gun ban

Peter MacKay, Conservative party leadership candidate promised to “undo” the current Liberal government’s planned gun confiscations against hunters, sport shooters, and rural people if he is elected prime minister.

“Whatever they do, we will undo. The safety of Canadians will be enhanced by putting criminals behind bars, not harassing law-abiding citizens,” he said in a tweet Jan. 28.

An online petition, launched in December 2019 and sponsored by Glen Motz, Member of Parliament for Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner and Associate Shadow Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, that opposes the Liberals’ plan to ban ‘military-style assault rifles’ through an Order in Council has become the largest e-petition in Canadian history.

The petition to Parliament against the Liberals’ gun ban has more than 140,000 signatures and is now the most signed official petition in Canadian history.

“Current and former police officers I have spoken with consider these types of proposals pointless,” said MP Motz, a former police officer with the Medicine Hat Police Service. “Criminals don’t follow the law and will not be turning in their guns. The only people who will be impacted by the Liberal plan are law-abiding Canadians who are hunters, farmers, and target shooters.”

Motz added, “Canadians have been clear – they want us to go after gangs, criminals, and illegal firearms. While the Trudeau Liberals continue their reckless spending and put forward policies that divide Canadians and do nothing to increase public safety, Conservatives will focus on what matters to Canadians.”

Concerned Canadians have until Feb. 15, 2020, to sign the e-Petition, which can be found here: https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-2341

READ MORE: Conservative petition supporting Canadian firearms owners becomes second-largest e-Petition in Canadian history

POLL: Are you in favour of citizens carrying handguns to protect themselves like they are allowed to in Texas?

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated the petition closes Feb. 17. It in fact closes Feb. 15.

-george@albertapressleader.ca

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