Canadian RCMP Claims Power To Decide When New Gun Laws Come Into Force

Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Canadian RCMP Claims Power To Decide When New Gun Laws Come Into Force

(Excerpt from Bill C-42) COMING INTO FORCE

38. (1) Subsections 4(4), (7) and (8) and section 37 come into force on a day to be fixed by order of the governor in Council.
(2) Subection 2(1), sections 6 and 11 and subsection 13(1) come into force on a day to be fixed by order of the Governor in Council.
(3) Sections 10 and 15 come into force on a day to be fixed by order of the Governor in Council.
(4) Sections 14 and 35 come into force on a day or days to be fixed by order of the Governor in Council.

Canadian Shooting Sports Association
Canadian Shooting Sports Association

Canada – -( It’s not every day that you learn about sweeping new powers assumed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) but, June 18, 2015, is a day to mark in our history books.

Contrary to both current law and Parliamentary tradition, some RCMP bureaucrats decided they, not the Governor in Council, now have the power to tell Canadians when laws come into force.

The law at issue is, of course, Bill C-42, the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act. Clearly there are some that are distinctly unhappy this legislation received Royal Assent yesterday. Those unhappy bureaucrats issued an official RCMP press release dictating the terms of when and how the relevant changes to law would be made.

The Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) must make significant system and process changes to implement certain elements of the legislation. The following legislative amendment will come into force three months after Bill C-42 receives Royal Assent:

  • Streamline the licensing system by eliminating the Possession Only Licence (POL) and converting all existing POLs to Possession and Acquisition Licences (PALs).

The following legislative amendments will come into force nine months after Bill C-42 receives Royal Assent:

  • Provide a six-month grace period at the end of the five-year licence period; and
  • Make Authorizations to Transport (ATTs) a condition of a licence for certain routine and lawful activities.

The following legislative amendment will come into force 21 months after Bill C-42 receives Royal Assent:

Authorize firearms import information sharing when restricted and prohibited firearms are imported into Canada by businesses.

These statements stretch the limits of incredulousness. Even if they had the legal authority to do what they claim, and they do not, what could justify taking nine months to make virtual Authorizations to Transport a condition of existing firearm licenses?

The truth is that it doesn’t. The RCMP is torquing this up to try and maintain control over this useless, expensive mess. It is the ugliest kind of power politics, pure and simple. It’s simply more evidence that this power-mad bureaucracy wants to believe it runs Canada, not Parliament.

The bureaucrats are trying to run the clock on the Harper government in the hopes that Canadians will elect a different government in the next election, one that will be more friendly to the RCMP’s naked attempt to disarm Canadians. And of course, we can expect the usual cadre of “useful-idiot” ninnies to back the ‘crats with moronic statements like “the police know best.”

And let’s get it straight here and now. The problem is not the dedicated men and women that police our land, it is a few self-serving officials that exists at the top of our national police force, a bureaucracy that believes the exercise of power is their exclusive right, not the democratically elected Parliament of Canada.

Do these elitists actually believe the world as we know it will end if there is one less piece of paperwork for gun owners to deal with? From yesterday’s CSSA release,

“Like the ending of the long gun registry, the sky will not fall. Public safety will be just as intact as before. Just as Canadians came to realize that the registry was a waste of time and money, we believe they will come to accept additional cuts in red tape in the spirit of fairness to responsible firearms owners. These are changes that the general public would never even notice, but responsible Canadian sport shooters will be much better off.”

Thank you to Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney and Prime Minister Stephen Harper for pushing this legislation through before the summer recess. You’ve kept your word to Canada’s most law-abiding citizens, our licensed firearm owners, and we applaud you for that. Given the current political climate it would have been very easy for you both to let this bill slide. You didn’t, and we greatly appreciate that.

Now, about those RCMP bureaucrats usurping your Parliamentary powers…

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

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rcmp suck

RCMP are fucking scum they are the new KGB first they will flood your Country with savages then disarm you seems like they want u all dead down the road, look at the UK and Australia guns were banned but gun crime went up lol go figure now the criminals know no house in Australia of good citizens will have one gun, the criminals have them which makes them more brazen and fearless a retired Australian Police chief stated we did the wrong thing and the stats support his position in the UK gun related crime and knife attacks are… Read more »


I won’t be going to Canada. That said, history reminds us that those fire engine red tunics made glowing targets for the Boer riflemen in South Africa and General Jackson’s cotton balers at New Orleans. Dudly Dooright would not fare well, just sayin.


Please don’t take offense to this, but it does my heart good to see that we Americans are not the only ones who have to deal with Bull Sugar representatives of the “I know what’s best for all” mentality. Keep up the good fight for freedom my northern brethren!

Clark Kent

Mikrat: Please give a specific example when the ‘Pig’s in the good ‘ol USSA’ claimed power to decide when new gun laws come into force. I will be patiently waiting….


“Canadian RCMP Claims Power To Decide When New Gun Laws Come Into Force”

Sounds like the Pig’s in the good’ol USSA

As well as the City Counsels, Mayors, Governors, and all other Agency’s that have no jurisdiction over a living man.

The world has Stockholm Syndrome.


Disband the Real Crappy Municipal Police now or in French the Gun Robbing Cops. Too bad that since the eighties the crats have ruined a fine institution.
Remember High River.

Doug schramm

1867 is over why do we need another police force????? Why not just expand the provinial or local forces Why do we need RCMP What do they do that helps the average Canadian in the beginning they were the only police force in the wilderness that time has come and gone.


The RCMP are only there to enforce the laws that the people make in government not to start making laws to suit their interests.


Yes I agree that the rcmp should be disbanded as they are the largest most corrupt criminal organization in Canaduh. we need to be protected from them, not by them.

Marvin Dyck

1) The RCMP should never be in total control of any Law or Act in a democracy or any other form of government, ie Bill C-68. The last time this happened was the Klondike Gold Rush. The conflicts of interest are numerous and obvious. This is a giant step towards a police state. 2) Further, the RCMP can take your firearms on the slimest excuse without laying a charge, so the only way the case will come in front of the judge is if the firearms owner can afford to take it to court to prove he/she is innocent. If… Read more »


Its time to disband the RCMP and have provincial police. When they believe they are the ruling class its time to throw them out. The people didn’t elect them as the government


This country is going to shit


Canadian border guard are now armed tax collector, and believe me they are not there to help you …..I know ,I am a veteran and coming back to Canada from a visit to the Us I was treated like I was a crook, a liar, a thief and a swindler …

10mm shooter

I think it is time to abolish the RCMP let provinces and municipalities police there own


It is time to have a strong Canadian Government slap down these RCMP bullies from making their own laws. The Canadian Government makes laws for the Canadian people, not a bunch of unelected supposed protectors of Canadian law. Grow a pair and fire these clowns now !!!!!!!!!!


I hope our customs agents make them(canadian tourists) take all their luggage out spread it over the parking lot looking for firearms and contraband. Make a border crossing 3-4hours checking all their paperwork. Thats what they did to me the 2 times I went to Canada. Yet going to China ,HongKong, Russia , Japan , and Thailand took about 2-30 minutes to clear customs. Worst government officals I have ever dealt with.


As a legal Canadian gun owner my take is this: The RCMP can say any damn thing that they want to. If I am out legally using my firearm and they cite me for some bullshite reason the judge that I appear before will have the last say not the RCMP. Time and time again when the crown prosecutor and the RCMP try to gang up on a legal gun owner the courts have had the last say. There was one particular incident when an individual threatened to kill a home owner. This individual broke down the door and entered… Read more »