Benoit sounds off on Swiss rifle


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August 7, 2014 10:36 AM

Vegreville-Wainwright MP Leon Benoit. - Christopher W. Brown Photo

Order expires March 14, 2016

Earlier this year, Swiss arms and CZ 858 riffles were classified as illegal by the federal government.

But with them being re-classified by the federal government, Vegerville-Wainwright MP Leon Benoit said he was pleased with the decision.

“I am encouraged that this action was taken by the Minister (of Public Safety Steven Blaney) to address what was a clear bureaucratic misstep and now will help undo some of the harm done,” he said.

On July 23, Blaney announced the order declaring an amnesty period (2014), which will give law-abiding owners of the Swiss arms and CZ-585 use of their property.

“At first glance, this is truly common sense legislation that rewards – not punishes – firearms owners who act in good faith,” Benoit said in a news release.

“(The order) strikes a good balance between keeping Canadians safe and also providing fairness for law-abiding hunters, farmers and sport shooters.”

He added the government should never again allow guns in Canada that are legally allowed in the country to be reclassified.

“The problem is it’s kind of one of those struggles, I guess, between the public service and the government,” he said.

“I don’t understand why they were reclassified originally.”

During the months where the Swiss arms and the CZ-585 were illegal, Benoit said that Blaney did announce an amnesty — meaning gun owners didn’t have to worry about having their arms confiscated — for gun owners until the issue was resolved.

He added that he is looking forward to reviewing the legislation when its introduced in the house.

The order that was introduced in July is set to expire on March 14, 2016.

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