Safety critical, but don’t ban hunting rifles, Idlout says

By Felix Charron-Leclerc, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter After Ontario Member of Parliament Paul Chiang introduced multiple new amendments to a federal firearms bill earlier this month, various rifles were added to the ban list, such as some long guns. Although the amendments are aimed at keeping the population safe from mass shootings and gun violence, Indigenous leaders have been expressing concerns about how the proposed legislation might infringe on the rights of Indigenous hunters. MP Lori Idlout said she understands the intention behind the amendments to Bill C-21 when it comes to urban centers. “People want to know that they are safe from gun violence. There is no reason for anyone to have a military-style gun in Montreal, downtown Toronto or any other urban centre. Large communities of Inuit have…

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