Canada - -(Ammoland.com)- The Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) and the Canadian Institute for Legislative Action (CILA) support new federal regulations to strip the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) of the authority to reclassify firearms.
Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney announced new Firearms Records Regulation (Classification) on August 15 that prevents the RCMP from reclassifying guns in the future. The minister vowed to rein in the RCMP after they suddenly prohibited Swiss Arms and CZ-858 rifles without warning earlier this year.
“It is very encouraging to see Minister Blaney following through on his plan to end firearms reclassifications by anti-gun civil servants,” says CSSA/CILA executive director Tony Bernardo. “Gun owners have been shell-shocked by becoming overnight criminals when power-hungry police placed restrictions on firearms according to their whim.
“The RCMP have expressed frustration when they couldn’t protect the useless gun registry from extinction,” adds Bernardo. “They in turn retaliated with senseless reclassifications designed to frustrate gun owners and the government. It saddens us that the RCMP keep reacting like angry grade schoolers.”
The Harper government has been putting gradual pressure on several unfair Canadian gun control laws passed by previous federal administrations. The new reclassification regulation is effective immediately and prohibits the Registrar of Firearms from amending its records following a one-year period after a reclassification record is created. In doing so, the Harper government is striving to reinforce gun owners’ property rights by preventing records from being unfairly changed.
“This is another important step in the right direction to deliver fairer laws for responsible gun owners,” explains Bernardo. “It appears to continue the trend that we have seen since Minister Blaney was appointed to his portfolio just over a year ago. After the gun registry was scrapped, the government appeared stalled in its efforts to bring firearms legislation closer to what gun owners rightfully deserve.
“There are many completely useless laws in the books that don’t keep Canadians safer – and they need to go, too,” says Bernardo. “The CSSA is continuing to work with the minister to return the equity that Canada’s gun owners have coming to them. With a federal election looming next year, it is important for the government to shore up support within this core constituency.”
The CSSA is the voice of the sport shooter and firearms enthusiast in Canada. Our national membership supports and promotes Canada’s firearms heritage, traditional target shooting competition, modern action shooting sports, hunting, and archery. We support and sponsor competitions and youth programs that promote these Canadian heritage activities. Website www.cdnshootingsports.org