MP Bob Zimmer releases statement and clarifies gun petition

Prince George-Peace River MP Bob Zimmer

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local MP Bob Zimmer recently tabled a petition in the House of Commons regarding the AR-15 being re-classified for the use of hunting.

Gun debate has been a hot topic as of late and Zimmer has come under some criticism. He has released a statement today clarifying his role and intentions.

“As a Member of Parliament, part of my duty is to ensure that the voices of all Canadians are heard in Parliament. This includes presenting petitions of citizens in the House of Commons.

Six months ago Mr. Bennett asked for my assistance in ensuring that his petition would be able to be presented in the House of Commons. I agreed and his petition was posted on the e-Petition website and received 25,249 signatures – the highest number of signatures for an e-Petition in Canadian history when it was tabled in May 2016.”

Zimmer also reminded everyone what the petition states.

“The petition states:

 We, the undersigned, Lawful Firearm Owners of Canada, request (or call upon) the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness to Re-classify the Armalite Rifle – 15 back to non-restricted status so we can once again use this rifle to lawfully participate in the Canadian cultural practices of hunting.

Zimmer goes on to say that the petition is not asking for easier gun access and says he will continue to support a safe system that provides firearms to law-abiding Canadians while making sure criminals do not have access to such weapons.

“The petition is not asking for easier access to firearms. To obtain a restricted or non-restricted firearm one must go through a rigorous process which includes applying for a firearms licence, going through a thorough screening process and police background checks, and going through the necessary firearms safety training courses.

I support the Canadian outdoors traditions of hunting, fishing and sports shooting. I will continue to support a system that provides safe, licensed firearms ownership for law-abiding Canadians, while also ensuring that criminals do not have easy access to firearms.”