Trudeau government rejects e-petition to lift restrictions on AR-15

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has shot down one of first e-petitions to go before Canadian Parliament, saying it has no plans to change the restricted status of the popular Armalite AR-15 rifle.

In a response to the petition, quietly tabled in the House of Commons this summer while it wasn’t sitting, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said he has “no intention” of invoking a section of Canada’s criminal code to reclassify the firearm as unrestricted.

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