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AFN votes to reject Ottawa’s gun-control bill, citing potential risk to treaty rights

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Chiefs at the Assembly of First Nations have voted to publicly reject the Liberal government’s proposed gun-control legislation.

An amendment to Bill C-21, which is currently being debated by members of Parliament, aims to create an evergreen definition for “assault-style” weapons and enshrine it in law, allowing the government to ban hundreds of models of firearms.

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Some First Nations leaders say they’re concerned to see rifles used for hunting on the list and voted today to take a stand against the bill, which they say infringes on their treaty rights.

The chiefs carried the emergency resolution with unanimous support at a special assembly.

Their vote comes as Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are set to address the gathering in Ottawa later Thursday.

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Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh addressed the AFN meeting earlier, telling chiefs he shares their concerns about the legislation’s effect on treaty rights.

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