moved for leave to introduce Bill C-357, an act to provide for the expiry of gun control legislation that has not proven effective within five years of coming into force.
Mr. Speaker, today I am reintroducing an amended version of my firearms law sunset act which I first introduced in this House on September 28, 1995. My bill is the total opposite of Bill C-68 and the regulations tabled by the Minister of Justice last week.
Bill C-68 and any subsequent decrees issued by the minister are based on his opinion and the false hope that they will somehow improve public safety.
The reason I say my bill is the opposite of Bill C-68 is that my firearms law sunset act is based on the premise that any gun control laws passed by the government should be automatically repealed after five years unless they can pass a public safety test administered by the auditor general.
The constitutionality of Bill C-68 is being challenged in court by four provinces and two territories. They are also opting out of the unreasonable burden of administering this federal boondoggle. My bill will be supported by people and politicians in these provinces.
Bill C-68 will guarantee that gun controls are both costly and ineffective, whereas my bill will guarantee that every gun control law has to be both successful and cost effective in saving lives and reducing the criminal use of firearms. People arguing against my bill would have to argue that they support gun control even if it does not work and no matter how much it costs.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed.)