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Larry Miller, Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, has tabled a Private Member’s Bill (PMB) that will provide a definition for the term ‘variant’ as it relates to firearms classification in Canada.
MPP Larry Miller
The term variant is used 99 times in the Regulations Prescribing Certain Firearms and Other Weapons, Components and Parts of Weapons, Accessories, Cartridge Magazines, Ammunition and Projectiles as Prohibited, Restricted or Non-Restricted but yet is not defined in either the Criminal Code or the Firearms Act.
The lack of definition and the vagueness surrounding the use of the term
‘variant’ has caused confusion for law-abiding gun owners who have seen
firearms become prohibited through the use of this term with no
consistent explanation.The legislation
provides the following definition of the term ‘variant’:
This will ensure that firearms that are classified as variants are just that – a variant of the previously classified firearm. They must share fundamental parts of the weapon. This bill will remove the current vagueness surrounding the term and will ensure that firearms classifications are based on fundamental definitions rather than inconsistent interpretation.
"I am looking forward to working with the
Government, and all Members of the House of Commons to ensure that we
have a clear, consistent, and fair firearms classification system," said
Miller. "If a term is used almost 100 times in regulations it seems like
common-sense to ensure that we have a clear definition of what that term
means. This legislation will ensure that the term ‘variant’ is no longer
subject to inconsistent interpretations."
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016