Reclassified guns get temporary amnesty

Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 7:17 PM ET

OTTAWA - Owners of popular rifles that the RCMP has re-classified as "prohibited" will be protected by a new federal amnesty.

"I will bring forward an amnesty to ensure that individuals in possession of these firearms can continue to possess their property without threat of criminal charges," Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said Monday.

However, Blaney has not explained how long the amnesty will be in place, which rifles are included, or how gun owners are allowed to use the firearms suddenly banned last week. Several Conservative MPs have expressed outrage that the RCMP switched the Classic Green family of Swiss Arms rifles from restricted or non-restricted to prohibited weapons.

Saskatchewan MP Garry Breitkreuz says the Mounties' decision made no sense.


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