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Alberta MP listening to Yukoners on proposed firearms legislation

Alberta MP for Red Deer-Lacombe, Blaine Calkins. Photo: Tim Kucharuk/CKRW

A member of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security is in Whitehorse gathering input on bill C-71.

An MP from Alberta says it seems the federal Liberals are missing the mark with changes to the Firearms Act.

Blaine Calkins sits on the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, and has tried to get the committee to travel the country to gather input on Bill C-71 or have more invited members, including from the north, to appear at the committee to no avail.

Calkins instead has traveled to Whitehorse to hear Yukoners thoughts, saying the bill amounts to a backdoor gun registry.

"The mandatory keeping of records at the point of sale, the mandatory calling in and getting permission from the government to sell a firearm person to person, business to person, and getting those reference numbers which can easily be traced back to your license, right back to the store so the registry is there, whether the Liberals want to admit it or not."

Calkins has met with those who are concerned with the proposed changes and says there's been no northern representation to the committee studying the bill.

"The bill actually goes after law-abiding people and doesn't go after gangs, doesn't go after organized crime, doesn't go after those who steal licenses or use licenses, forge licenses. It doesn't go after people who make bulk purchases, for example. It's just another bureaucratic mess, red tape."

Calkins says gun shops will have to keep a sales record for 20 years, and tighter restrictions on the private sales or lending of firearms are akin to a gun registry.

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