Erin O’Toole promises to keep Liberal assault rifle ban, directly contradicting his own platform


Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole directly contradicted his own party’s platform at the French-language debate on Thursday night and again Friday morning, saying he wouldn’t repeal a Liberal ban on assault rifles — despite his platform promising to do just that. The Conservative platform promises to “start by” walking back Liberal amendments to the Firearms Act, which beefed up background checks and tightened restrictions on firearm vendors and owners. It also promises to repeal a Liberal executive order from May of last year, which banned 1,500 “military-style assault rifles.” While terms like “assault-style” and “assault rifle” are not legal classifications in Canada, they are frequently used colloquially by gun control advocates and the government to describe the type of high-capacity, quick-fire guns targeted by the ban.

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