moved for leave to introduce Bill C-230, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (firearm—definition of variant).
Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure for me to table this important legislation today in the House for first reading.
The term “variant” is used 99 times in the regulations in the Firearms Act to classify firearms. However, it is not actually defined anywhere in the legislation. This vagueness has resulted in a number of inconsistent and confusing classifications over the years that were based on an interpretation of what variant was meant to mean.
This legislation would provide a definition for “variant” to ensure that we would have a very clear, consistent, and fair firearms' classification system. It is not a controversial bill.
I look forward to working with all my colleagues in the House on both sides, including the government, on this very important legislation.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)