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02-24-2016, 09:11 PM
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Larry Miller, MP
Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 23rd, 2016

MP Larry Miller Tables Common-Sense Firearms Legislation

Ottawa, ON – Today, Larry Miller, Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound,
tabled a Private Member’s Bill (PMB) that will provide a definition for the term ‘variant’
as it relates to firearms classification in Canada.

The term variant is used 99 times in the Regulations Prescribing Certain Firearms and
Other Weapons, Components and Parts of Weapons, Accessories, Cartridge
Magazines, Ammunition and Projectiles as Prohibited, Restricted or Non-Restricted but
yet is not defined in either the Criminal Code or the Firearms Act. The lack of definition
and the vagueness surrounding the use of the term ‘variant’ has caused confusion for
law-abiding gun owners who have seen firearms become prohibited through the use of
this term with no consistent explanation.

The legislation provides the following definition of the term ‘variant’:
- “a firearm that has the unmodified frame or receiver of another firearm”

This will ensure that firearms that are classified as variants are just that – a variant of
the previously classified firearm. They must share fundamental parts of the weapon.
This bill will remove the current vagueness surrounding the term and will ensure that
firearms classifications are based on fundamental definitions rather than inconsistent

“I am looking forward to working with the Government, and all Members of the House of
Commons to ensure that we have a clear, consistent, and fair firearms classification
system,” said Miller. “If a term is used almost 100 times in regulations it seems like
common-sense to ensure that we have a clear definition of what that term means. This
legislation will ensure that the term ‘variant’ is no longer subject to inconsistent

02-24-2016, 10:03 PM
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