Feds table firearms legislation with optional gun buyback program

Feds table firearms legislation with optional gun buyback program
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OTTAWA —
The federal government is moving forward with its promise to impose stricter gun laws today and will implement a voluntary buyback program to purchase now-prohibited firearms in the “coming months.”

Owners of any of the 1,500 firearm models and their variants that the government reclassified as “prohibited” last May will have the option of keeping their weapon under strict storage rules or selling it to Ottawa.

“What we are working towards is creating a path to legality and fairness for those Canadians who purchased those weapons legally,” said Public Safety Minister Bill Blair in Ottawa on Tuesday.

He said that he expects many owners will be inclined to surrender their guns, given they’ve been rendered legally useless. The government did not provide a…



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