Senator rejects minister's call to pass Liberal guns bill quickly

2023-06-09 18:51:23  • 3 mins

A battle appears to be brewing between senators and Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicinoas he tries to see the Liberals' controversial gun legislation passed swiftly into law.

On Thursday, his office sent a letter to leaders of the different Senate groups and the chair of a committeesaying the minister is "eager" to answer senators' questions about Bill C-21 "given the urgency of passing legislation to protect Canadians."

The letter comes with less than a month left before the House of Commons and Senate plan to break for summer. The Liberals have described the gun legislation as a priority bill that it wants to see passed into law within weeks.

The bill seeks to turn a national handgun freeze into law, combat the scourge of homemade guns and ban what it calls "assault-style" weapons measures critics of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have called a misguided effort to combat gun violence.

The government's attempts to define which weapons are covered under a ban on guns it deems unfit for civilian use have led to outrage from the Tories, Indigenous communities and other firearms owners.

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