HUGE TURNOUT FOR TOWN HALL ON PROPOSED CHANGES TO GUN LEGISLATION 4/12/2018 8:19:08 AM
The Cobden Agricultural Hall was packed last night to discuss Bill C-71. The event, organized by Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant, was to discuss the changes that would come to gun legislation if the bill was passed.
One of the people in attendance was Stan Mercredi, the president of the Pembroke Outdoor Sportsman's Club, and he says his issues with Bill C-71 revolve around maintaining gun owner's rights.
Keith Gourley owns a store in Renfrew that sells unrestricted and restricted firearms, and he says he wanted to hear what others had to say about the proposed changes.
Tony Bernardo, the Executive Director of the Canada Shooting Sports Association, was one of the meeting's key speakers. He says the bill is moving way too fast and would further restrict gun orders by expanding background checks from the past five years to your entire lifetime. He claims the Trudeau government is passing down the cost of some of the biggest changes to small business owners. However, Ralph Goodale, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness has said "It's not an onerous burden and it's one the vast majority of retailers already do because it's good business". Attendees were encouraged to voice their thoughts on paper or over the phone to the Minister.