Kamloops MP tables bill to enact stricter bail laws for those facing gun charges

City MP calls for stricter bail

The MP for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo has tabled a private-member's bill in the House of Commons intended to toughen bail laws for those facing gun charges.

In a news release, Frank Caputo said Bill C-313 would make bail more difficult to obtain for a criminal who has been prohibited from possessing firearms and is then charged with a serious firearms offence.

“Police officers, chiefs of police, victims and Canadians have all been calling for bail reform,” Caputo said in a statement.

“The premiers of all of Canada’s thirteen provinces and territories have called on the Prime Minister to make changes to his failed bail system. But all this Liberal government has to offer is another meeting and no real action.”

Caputo said according to statistics from Toronto Police, out of 44 shooting-related homicides in the city, half of those accused were on a firearm-related or another type of bail at the time they were alleged to have committed the offence.

“Canadians deserve to feel safe,” Caputo said.

“We must all come together to support common sense laws that protect Canadians, keep our communities safe and restore safe streets.”

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