Sopuck outraged at New Democrats’ latest calls for new anti-firearms legislation

February 18, 2022

Ottawa, ON – Today Robert Sopuck, Member of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa, is outraged that the New Democrat Party has called for more firearms legislation against Canada’s firearms owners, including reintroducing a long-gun registry.

“This latest NDP demand comes from a long history of being anti-firearms, a clear dislike for the way millions of Canadians live their lives when it involves firearms,” Sopuck said.

In a February 18, 2022 iPolitics article, New Democrat leader Thomas Mulcair calls on the Liberal government to implement even more firearms legislation, including bringing back a long-gun registry.

“Mr. Mulcair shows no understanding that firearms owners are some of society’s safest citizens. They have been the subject of rigorous background checks to ensure that they are responsible firearms owners,” said Sopuck. “Nor does he understand that firearms are simply a part of life for millions of Canadians who love hunting or sport shooting, or keep a firearm at the farm for predator control.”

Only the Conservative Party has been consistent in defending the rights of law-abiding firearms owners. When the Conservative Party was in government we implemented a number of changes that struck the right balance between public safety and the rights of firearms owners. We ended the Liberals’ failed long-gun registry, relied on experts rather than bureaucrats to classify types of firearms, and reduced the administrative burden on firearms owners through the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act.

“The Liberals have flirted with legislation that would ban firearms, the Quebec Liberal government has recreated a gun registry, and now the New Democrats are repeating their calls to ban firearms and recreate a gun registry. It is clear that only the Conservative Party can be trusted to stand up for Canada’s firearms owners,” Sopuck said. “I call on NDP candidates Ron Kostyshyn and Darcy Scheller to repudiate Mr. Mulcair’s statements and put a stop to this anti-firearm sentiment in the NDP.”