Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price was criticized on Saturday for speaking out against a proposed Canadian gun control law.
In an Instagram post, Price expressed support for the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights (CCFR) and criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the bill, which is described as a “comprehensive strategy to combat gun violence and strengthen gun laws” in the country.
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“I love my family, I love my country and I care about my neighbor,” Price wrote in the Post. “I’m not a criminal, nor a threat to society. What @justinpjtrudeau is trying to do is unfair. I support @ccfr_ccdaf to keep my hunting tools. Thank you for listening to my opinion.”
Controversy arose over Price’s support for the CCFR when the company reportedly used the “poly” promotional code to sell merchandise. According to Yahoo Sports, the code is said to refer to the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre – a mass shooting that killed 14 women and injured another 10 women.
Polytechnique Montreal condemned the promotional code. Tracey Wilson, a spokeswoman for the right-wing Coalition on Firearms, said the code was not intended to shed light on the tragedy, but in response to the Twitter account of a gun control group called PlySeSouvist.
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On Monday, Price tweeted that he disagreed with the promotional code but believed in his right to own guns.
“My views are my own and I believe in them,” he tweeted. “The only reason I’m raising this issue is because it’s being addressed now and not out of disrespect to anyone. No, I did not agree to the promotion code either.
“I continue to stand by my fellow hunters and marksmen who have legally acquired our property and used it safely.”
The Montreal organization released a statement later Monday.
“On Saturday, Carey Price released a statement in support of the CCFR’s opposition to proposed federal gun control legislation,” the statement said. “As previously mentioned, Carey was unaware of the CCFR’s recent marketing campaign or the unfortunate timing of his testimony. The Montreal Canadiens would like to sincerely apologize to anyone who has been offended or upset by the discourse that has erupted over the past few days regarding this matter.”
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Price, a Vezina and Hart Trophy winner, has yet to play this season.