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Another Member of Parliament has spoken out against the reinterpretation of legality surrounding the Ruger 10/22 magazines

A user, who wishes to remain anonymous, took to a Canadian firearms forum board to share the letter he received from his Member of Parliament, Conservative Kerry Diotte representing Edmonton Griesbach, on the issue of the 10/22 magazine controversy. According to Diotte, he has received many correspondences from his constituents on the matter, prompting him to urge the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Hon. Ralph Goodale, to reverse this bureaucratic decision that was without any proof of enhanced public safety.

Dear [redacted]:

Thanks for your correspondence regarding the classification of the 10/ 22 Ruger Magazine.

I hear you. It is unfair that with just a stroke of a pen, law – abiding firearm owners can be criminalized for owning property that they purchased legally.

The RCMP Canadian Firearms Program’s decision to prohibit the 10/ 22 Ruger Magazine does just that, while doing nothing to promote public safety. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet have the authority to undo this classification.

Our former Conservative government’s Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act gave the Governor in Council the power to prescribe firearms to be non- restricted or restricted.

On behalf of the many constituents I’ve heard from on this classification decision, I’ve written the attached letter to the Hon.Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

I encourage you to also make your views known to the Hon.Ralph Goodale. As your Member of Parliament, I’m proud to stand up for common sense firearm regulations that prioritize public safety without penalizing law- abiding hunters, farmers and sport shooters.

Sincerely,

Kerry Diotte

Member of Parliament

Edmonton Griesbach

They also included Diotte’s letter to Hon. Ralph Goodale, which echos almost entirely the same sentiment held by MP Bob Zimmer in his letter to the Minister last month.

Dear Minister Goodale:

The RCMP Canadian Firearms Program’s decision to prohibit the 10/22 Ruger Magazine is unfair to law-abiding firearms owners.

I’ve heard from many of my constituents, who have expressed sincere disapproval of this bureaucratic decision.

Justifiably so, this unilateral change to the classification of the 10/22 Ruger Magazine criminalizes Canadians for owning property that they purchased legally.

Moreover, this decision contradicts regulations outlined in the Criminal Code. Following the restriction of certain cartridge magazines, it states that restrictions laid out in “Paragraph (1)(a) does not include any cartridge magazine that (a) was originally designed or manufactured for use in a firearm that (i) is chambered for, or designed to use, rimfire cartridges.” The 10/22 Ruger Magazine was designed for the Ruger 10/22 rifle, a rimfire rifle.

The prohibition of this magazine penalizes law-abiding firearm owners and there’s no evidence that this will improve public safety.

I urge you to reverse the classification of the 10/22 Ruger Magazine or introduce an amnesty for those who purchased this magazine legally,

Sincerely,

Kerry Diotte
Member of Parliament
Edmonton Griesbach

Source: http://canadianfirearmsblog.ca/media/Letter-to-Hon.-Ralph-Goodale.pdf

While we need to continue fighting this battle, it’s clear that writing to your Member of Parliament is not a useless tactic. The more MPs we have writing to the Minister on this matter, the more likely it is we will be able to overcome this obstacle and once again be able to use magazines with capacities greater than 10 rounds in our 10/22s without being a criminal for doing so.

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