Zimmer Responds to Petition Heat
Prince George, B.C. – In the wake of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando which saw Omar Mateen open fire with an AR-15 killing 49 and wounding 53, Prince George Peace River MP Bob Zimmer has been taking heat over a petition he had tabled in the House of Commons which called for the AR-15 to be put back on the non-restricted list of firearms. Today, Zimmer has issued a statement on why he presented that petition.
Zimmer says that as an MP part of his duty is to ensure “the voices of all Canadians are heard in Parliament. This includes presenting petitions of citizens in the House of Commons.”
The e-petition received 25,249 signatures, making it the highest number of e-petition signatures in Canadian history.
The petition stated: 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 says he had been approached to ensure the petition ( which was launched by someone else) would be presented to the House of Commons. Zimmer tabled the petition in May.
“The petition is not asking for easier access to firearms” says Zimmer “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.”
Zimmer says he supports 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.”