I appreciate that. Thank you. That was a helpful answer.
Mr. Giltaca, I'd like to turn to you.
It's nice to meet the head of the organization who was tagging me on all of the Instagram posts. Welcome to the committee.
In your opening statement, you did reference the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. I found their time at this committee very valuable, as I have in all of their appearances. I think Chief Evan Bray does a credit to the service.
When you took the time to quote their stance, they did say, “We believe that a handgun freeze is one method of reducing access”, so you have to acknowledge that they are, in a way, supporting a handgun freeze. I know they put it into perspective by adding, “allowing existing law-abiding handgun owners to practice their sport.”
Most of the people in my riding of Cowichan—Malahat—Langford are long-gun owners. They use those long guns for a demonstrated purpose, like around the farm to go hunting. There's a demonstrated need for a long gun. With a handgun, it's harder to make the argument. They are, by their very nature, more dangerous. They're easy to conceal. Some of them can discharge a high number of bullets in a very short period of time.
I'm asking you, sir, if we are to try to find some way to honour what the CACP is trying to do, what restrictions are you prepared to accept as an organization to both respect a handgun freeze, but to also allow sport shooters to continue to sport? You have to meet the CACP halfway on this.