Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government has shot down one of the first e-petitions to go before Canada's Parliament, saying it has no plans to change the restricted status of the popular Armalite AR-15 rifle.
In a response to the petition, quietly tabled in the House of Commons this summer while it wasn't sitting, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said he has "no intention" of invoking a section of Canada's criminal code to reclassify the firearm as unrestricted.
Goodale said police should be the ones to decide how each firearm in Canada is classified.
"The government is committed to putting decision-making authority about weapons classification back into the hands of police, not politicians," wrote Goodale, pointing out that the government believes in striking a balance between public safety and ensuring firearms owners are treated fairly under the law.
"The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is responsible for the technical determination of the classification of firearms in accordance with the criteria stipulated by Parliament in the Criminal Code."
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