VICTORIA (May 8, 2019) – Despite promises by John Horgan to address growing gun and gang activity, violent crime continues to escalate in British Columbia – prompting Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Marvin Hunt to introduce the Prohibiting Driving with Illegal Firearms Act in the legislature today.
“Gun and gang violence is a serious concern in communities throughout British Columbia, where too many families have been left grieving the loss of loved ones,” says Hunt. “This bill recognizes that illegal firearms are often tied to organized crime and provides a new tool to law enforcement officers to keep criminals off our roads – with a goal of preventing more families from enduring this heartbreak.”
If passed, this bill would make it an offence to drive a motor vehicle containing an illegal firearm – an important step to making B.C.’s streets and highways safer. Anyone found guilty could face up to six months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 in addition to a one-year driver’s licence suspension.
“British Columbians – including my constituents in Surrey – are rightfully concerned about gun and gang violence and what John Horgan and the NDP are doing to address it,” says Hunt. “B.C. needs bold action from John Horgan to keep our communities safe.”