Politicians across the country have been weighing in on Prime Minister Trudeau's new gun legislation. Now Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is the latest one to speak up about the firearm ban in Canada. Not only has he expressed opposition to the new law, but he's also said that he is considering appointing his own Chief Firearms Officer to make decisions about firearms in the province.
Under this new legislation, 1,500 models and variants of military-grade weapons are banned in the country, effective immediately.
This means these sorts of weapons are not allowed to be bought, sold, used, transported, or imported in Canada.
However, Premier Jason Kenney does not believe that this new law will do much good. He said that the order issued by Ottawa "does little to target criminals."
Instead, he argues the law targets law-abiding Canadians who purchased their property legally, have owned their items safely for years, and have committed no crimes.
"In response to today’s announcement from Ottawa, our government is actively considering appointing Alberta’s own chief firearms officer (CFO) to replace the CFO appointed by Ottawa," said Kenney.
The Chief Firearms Officer in any province is in charge of licensing and providing the authorization to transport and carry firearms by residents, as mentioned in the Firearms Act.
They also carry out administrative work pertaining to the usage of firearms in the province.
The CFO is appointed either by the federal minister or the provincial minister, so it seems like Kenney is not totally satisfied with Trudeau's hiring.
The press release also discusses Alberta's own legislation, that is, Government Motion 41.
The motion states that the provincial government supports the right for Albertans to own firearms and to engage in activities involving firearms, including but not limited to hunting and sport shooting.
Alberta's Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer also echoed Kenney's statement.
He suggested that the federal government should hand out "tough, mandatory sentences for the criminals" that operate illegal firearms.
These aren't the only politicians that have openly expressed their disagreement with the Parliament's new law.
Andrew Scheer, the leader of the Conservative Party, has called the move "unacceptable."
Whereas Ontario Premier Doug Ford said that law should be targeting gangsters and smugglers.