A federal amendment to Bill C-21 proposes to ban any semi-auto shotgun or centrefire rifle “designed to accept a detachable cartridge magazine with a capacity greater than five cartridges of the type for which the firearm was originally designed.”
The proposal was introduced by Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security member and Markham-Unionville MP Paul Chiang on Tuesday, Nov. 22.
A list of specific firearms that will be included in the proposed ban has not been released, but the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) said the definition is “extremely broad and will almost certainly include many traditional hunting firearms.” Details on when the proposed ban would take effect or how it would be implemented have are not yet available.
“The OFAH has reached out to the government for more information and clarity on the impact of these amendments and will continue to recommend concrete actions that will address gun crime while minimizing the impact on the hunting community,” OFAH Manager of Policy Mark Ryckman said.
“Changes of this magnitude warrant the same level of critical analysis and debate in the political arena that has been given to other aspects of Bill C-21. Pushing these amendments without hearing evidence from Canadians is unacceptable,” he added.