Saskatchewan is seeking its own chief firearms officer to advocate for gun owners

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WATCH: "We are going to take control of what we can control," Premier Scott Moe said Wednesday of the plan to internally appoint a Chief Firearms Officer for Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan is pushing forward in search of its own provincially-appointed chief firearms officer just weeks after the federal government banned a range of assault-style firearms.

“We believe a provincially-appointed chief firearms officer will be well-positioned to represent Saskatchewan’s position on firearms regulation to the federal government,” Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said in a statement.

“Our government will always stand beside law-abiding Saskatchewan firearms owners, and we believe a provincially-appointed CFO will assist in that advocacy.”

Under the federal Firearms Act, Saskatchewan has the right to hire within. Currently, a federal employee is filling that role.

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The decision to have a provincially-appointed firearms officer resulted from the federal government’s desire to make changes to firearm legislation, said Premier Scott Moe in March.

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“While this position does not have the ability to change federal laws or regulations, a provincially-appointed Chief Firearms Officer would best be able to articulate Saskatchewan’s concerns to the federal government on these issues while also respectfully engaging with the Saskatchewan firearms community,” Tell said.

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A chief firearms officer deals with issues surrounding licenses and authorizations along with transportation and the carrying of firearms.

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