Public Safety Minister grilled in committee for targeting law-abiding gun owners

By Andrew Kozak

Conservative MPs challenged Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino over the Trudeau government’s plan to target law-abiding gun owners with Bill C-21.

In Tuesday’s meeting of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, Mendicino dodged questions from Conservative MPs Raquel Dancho and Dane Lloyd.

Dancho asked Mendicino why the government intended to “redirect police resources to the confiscation regime” while resources were already stretched.

According to the 2019 Liberal platform, the gun buyback program was estimated to cost anywhere from $400 million to $600 million whereas more recent estimates put the figure at nearly $5 billion.

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