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Changes to firearms legislation proposed by Harper Government

A new Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act has been introduced in Ottawa by the federal conservatives.

The bill proposes amendments to the Firearms Act and Criminal Code such as a six month grace period at the end of licensing periods.

Other proposals include making participation in firearms safety training mandatory for first time license applicants; streamlining the existing licencing system by converting all Possession Only Licences to Posession and Acquistion Licenses; changes to the Criminal Code that would not allow anyone convicted of domestic violence offences to own a gun; and making transportation authorization a condition of licencing.

Peace River MP Chris Warkentin says the bill aims to provide clarity and simplification that would impact Peace Country hunters, farmers, and sport shooters.

Photo via Flickr Creative Commons, user mo1229

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