UCP announces new Firearms Advisory Committee; Alberta Firearms Examination Unit
Brooks-Medicine Hat MLA Michaela Glasgo will chair the new Firearms Advisory Committee. Photo credit Government of Alberta YouTube channel.
The MLA for Brooks-Medicine Hat has been named the Chair of the Alberta Firearms Advisory Committee.
Michaela Glasgo says she and her eleven panel members will consult with everyday Albertans and provide common sense solutions and recommendations to address the federal government’s firearms legislation.
She says she’s already heard from several people who are frustrated with Ottawa’s “overreach.”
The committee has representation from a wide range of gun owners including the President of the Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association, a member of the 2016 Canadian Olympic shooting team, a Canadian Armed Forces veteran and a former Caglary Police Chief.
The province also announced Wednesday it will be establishing a provincial firearms examination unit to test guns that have been seized as evidence in criminal investigations.
Calgary Police use their own testing facility and the Edmonton Police Service is establishing its own lab but most police services in Alberta rely on the RCMP’s National Forensic Laboratory Services in Ottawa.
The province says it takes about eight months for the national lab to process a routine firearms test and the establishment of an Alberta unit will speed up that process.