Prince George-Peace River MP Bob Zimmer was in the House of Commons yesterday debating his Private Members’ Motion on the UN Firearms Regime. The motion is aimed at discouraging the government from adopting a United Nations resolution on firearms.
According to a media release from Zimmer the UN resolution contains a clause asking State Parties to have imported firearms marked with an identifying code of the country of origin. Zimmer’s opposition to the resolution stems from the costs that would be created, and the potential of adding another form to the firearm registry.
In a release Zimmer said, “I have always stood up for the rights of law-abiding gun owners and I firmly believe that Canada already has measures in place to protect public safety that are far superior to this model offered by the United Nations. Our government kept its 17-year-old promise by scrapping the long-gun registry. My intention in tabling this motion is to ensure that any door that could re-open the long-gun registry remains firmly closed.”
He added the UN resolution is designed to “needlessly target” gun owners in Canada who follow the law, and as such he put forward his motion against it.