Canada: RCMP “Police State” Usurps Supreme Court Power to Interpret the Law

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AR Rifle Lower Receiver

Canadian Shooting Sports AssociationCanada-(Ammoland.com)- In what’s become standard practice in Canada, the RCMP once again usurped legislative and judicial authority. On June 14, 2017, these unelected bureaucrats issued a legal interpretation expanding the definition of the term “firearm” to include unfinished receiver blanks.

The Criminal Code of Canada, Section 2, defines the term “firearm.”

  • firearm means a barrelled weapon from which any shot, bullet or other projectile can be discharged and that is capable of causing serious bodily injury or death to a person, and includes any frame or receiver of such a barrelled weapon and anything that can be adapted for use as a firearm;

The bolded portion of that definition is where the RCMP hangs its decision to define unfinished receiver blanks as “firearms.”

By this logic, we must now classify the entire gas pipe and plumbing sections of Canadian Tire as restricted devices because they “can be adapted for use as a firearm.”

It’s ridiculous in the extreme.

Anyone with enough time, patience and skill can manufacture a crude firearm from gas or plumbing pipes.

The same is true of 80 per cent finished receiver blanks. It takes an enormous amount of time, patience and skill to turn one of these unfinished hunks of metal into a functional firearm.

The key word in both sentences is ‘skill’. Taking an unfinished receiver blank and creating a functional firearm from it is simply beyond the skill of 99.9 per cent of firearm enthusiasts.

One problematic result of this decision by the RCMP is it totally removes unfinished receiver blanks (80 per cent receiver blanks) for the AR-15 platform from the Canadian firearm landscape. The RCMP classifies AR-15 receiver blanks as ‘prohibited devices’ because these can be finished into functional receivers for either the AR-15 or the M-16, its fully automatic forefather.

That angers a lot of Canadian AR-15 fans.

But that isn’t the real issue. The real issue is this: Who is running this country, RCMP bureaucrats or the duly elected representatives of the citizens of Canada?

The white-shirted RCMP minions high in their ivory tower have overstepped their authority. Again.

And again, the Minister of Public Safety does nothing to rein them in.

Canadians elect politicians to create laws, not RCMP bureaucrats.

Clearly, the white-shirted RCMP brass appears to believe it is they who run the nation and create its laws.

Equally as clear, these white-shirted power drones ignore the fact that the final authority on legal definitions is, in fact, the Supreme Court of Canada, not the RCMP.

The job of the RCMP, the job of any police force, is to enforce the law. Police do not manufacture the law, yet that is precisely what the RCMP has done yet again with this edict.

The question the CSSA asks is this: Who is in control at the federal department of Public Safety? Is it Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale or is it the unelected RCMP bureaucrats?

It is completely irresponsible of Ralph Goodale to continue allowing the RCMP to usurp both the powers of his office, the Government of Canada, and those of the Supreme Court of Canada.

It’s Ralph Goodale’s job to oversee the RCMP, to ensure they follow the law, not manufacture it. This point is seemingly lost on the Minister. By Minister Goodale’s continued abdication of oversight and his repeated deferral of responsibility to “the experts,” it appears the RCMP is in charge.

It’s a classic case of the tail wagging the dog.

Reversing this decision requires the complicity of the elected officials who oversee the RCMP, namely the Minister of Public Safety and the Prime Minister of Canada.

We can convince them to reverse this decision by providing them with an overwhelming response from ordinary Canadians fed up with the RCMP’s heavy-handed tactics to manufacture law as they deem fit.

Write your local newspapers. Contact your local television stations. Explain the ridiculousness of this latest RCMP edict. Explain the RCMP’s job is to enforce law, not manufacture it. Remind them that it is the Minister of Public Safety’s job to oversee the RCMP’s actions, something Mr. Goodale appears loath to do.

Once you’ve done that, contact everyone you know and ask them to do the same.

Then contact Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and urge him to stop this RCMP nonsense. Given his past willingness to abdicate his authority to the bureaucrats of the RCMP, this is likely not a road to success.

Next, contact Goodale’s boss, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and urge him to order Goodale to put an end to this RCMP nonsense.

There is a third option, but nobody in their right mind will take this avenue willingly. That third and final option is to be arrested and charged with the illegal possession of an unregistered hunk of metal, defined by the RCMP as an 80 per cent receiver blank, and win that long and expensive court battle.

The odds of winning that battle are not so good.

Contact your elected representatives. That includes Minister Ralph Goodale, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and, most importantly, your local Member of Parliament.

The Hon. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
Telephone: 613-947-1153
Fax: 613-996-9790
Email: [email protected]
https://www.ourcommons.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members/Ralph-Goodale(1265)

The Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
Telephone: 613-995-0253
Fax: 613-947-0310
Email: [email protected]
https://www.ourcommons.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members/Justin-Trudeau(58733)

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James
James
4 years ago

There is no mis-interpretation here. The law
Is written exactly as RCMP wanted it to be written.
The lame-ass conservatives are going to have
To have law changed.
Proud NRA Member

American Patriot
American Patriot
4 years ago

I could care less about canada (build the wall) my only concern is the U.S. and if every other country is unarmed except the U.S. where do you think all the goat humpers is NOT going to?

Upchuck.Liberals
Upchuck.Liberals
4 years ago

Canada doesn’t want them. They hate the competition for stupid.

Terry
Terry
4 years ago

Totally disgusting how the once revered RCMP can dictate laws to parliament . They are supposed to uphold the laws of the country as laid down in federal law. Their mandate was NEVER to make the laws but to ENFORCE the law. After their disgraceful conduct during the High River floods they instilled a much deserved hate from all of us law-abiding gun owners and the general public. The vilification naturally spilled over to the sad federal politicians and supreme court judges for not stamping out this flagrant militaristic conduct reminiscent of the gestapo. What a cancer we have growing… Read more »

Sgt Norb
Sgt Norb
4 years ago
Reply to  Terry

We now populate a totalitarian police state, created by that dictator Justin Trudeau and his gang of incompetents!

James Bailey
James Bailey
4 years ago

I hate to say this to the Canadians, but nothing short of armed Rebellion will change the political situation in Canada.

Your courts are controlled by socialists. Your Parliament is controlled by socialists. Your executive is controlled by socialists. Your law enforcement agencies are controlled by socialists.

There is literally nothing left for you, except armed Rebellion. Canada is no longer a free Nation.

Macofjack
Macofjack
4 years ago

Sounds like they are taking a page from the judges in this country and trying to write the laws instead of doing their own job. Liberals believe they are the guardians of the world, when they are really destroying everything that makes life worth living.

Ross
Ross
4 years ago

Libtards gone wild!
The sad fact in Canada is that the majority of urbanites who voted in the current liberal regime have or never will hold or fire a firearm. Couple this with anti gun curriculum in grade school… a perfect recipe for prohibition and confiscation.

billy-bob
billy-bob
4 years ago

Statists gonna state.

VE Veteran - Old Man's Club
VE Veteran - Old Man's Club
4 years ago

Well there you go! If you need anymore proof that a liberal socialist state is tyranny, you are just blind as a proverbial bat. The bottom line for lefties is ” if a law doesn’t exist you make one up real quick.” And as far as police making law, they do it all the time here in the big cities and some States. Once they are dragged into Court and lose, then they enforce the real laws for a while. But legal gun owners are still hosed.

JDH
JDH
4 years ago

They must have gotten this technique from the DOJ dummies in Sacramento who keep writing gun legislation where none exists.