NSSF to Canada: Ottawa… We’ve Got a Shotgun Problem

By Larry Keane

NSSF Banned Shotguns CANADA
Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau passed legislation recently that banned over 1,500 different firearms, including over-under shotguns.

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is either devilishly stupid or devilishly underhanded. With Canada’s Boy Wonder, sometimes the differences are difficult to discern.

The Canadian head-of-state’s unilateral gun grab that bans 1,500 makes and models of modern sporting rifles under the guise of an “assault-style” firearm classification, swept up multiple other firearms. Some are certainly “military-grade” like the mortars, grenade launcher, and rocket and missile launchers, which were already banned. It also banned Ruger’s Mini-14, commonly referred to as a “ranch rifle” that doesn’t have any of the offensive cosmetic characteristics gun control groups get woozy over when they hear them described. That’s why the prime minister echoed one of their favorite sound bites.

“You don’t need an AR-15 to bring down a deer,” Prime Minister Trudeau said during his gun grab announcement.

Oops, Got Shotguns?

Turns out, he doesn’t think hunters need a 12-gauge shotgun either, or 10-gauge guns for that matter. Gone too are big-bore rifles. Right now, the order bans much more than Prime Minister Trudeau advertised.

That’s got to be a big surprise to Canada’s moose, bear, deer, upland bird, duck, and goose hunters!?

A spokesperson for Canada’s Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair said the ban would not include shotguns and was preparing an official statement but it still hasn’t been clarified. Blair did say the government is planning a revamp of Canada’s gun classification system to “create a new evergreen framework for classification to ensure federal intentions can’t be easily overridden.” In other words, they don’t want their gun grab to be undone.

Blair was the architect of Prime Minister Trudeau’s order that banned almost every modern 12-gauge and 10-gauge shotgun in Canada with removable chokes because they exceed the maximum bore diameter of 20 mm, as defined by Canada’s Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness according to a report from the Canadian Shooting Sports Association. Modern shotguns with removable chokes may have an external diameter of .840 inches and the last inch to three inches of the barrel is slightly larger to accommodate a removable choke. That leaves the diameter typically at .841 inches, or 20.657 mm. Different models and makes can vary from 20.00 mm to 20.83, which outlaws many of the most popular shotgun models.

Estimates are there are 1.5 – 2 million of the common hunting firearms in Canada.

That’s got Canada’s firearms industry body, the Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA) telling firearm retailers to cease sales of many 12 gauge or larger shotguns with removable chokes. Four major gun advocacy groups in Canada, including CSAAA, are calling for Blair’s resignation and the withdrawal of the poorly-crafted gun ban.

“Minister Blair is either too inept to comprehend the scope of his regulations… or he lied to the government and Canadians,” CSAAA said, according to a National Post report. CSAAA noted in a separate statement, “… it was abundantly clear that the regulations were rushed through and are flawed, unfair and dangerous.”

Bye Big Bores

That’s not all. The Canadian Shooting Sports Association said classic dream rifles specifically designed to hunt big and dangerous game are on the chopping block too.

“As well, many large-bore hunting rifles – some over 100 years old and valued over $100,000 have become prohibited,” the Canadian Shooting Sports Association warned in an email notification. “None of these firearms are semi-automatic or ‘military-style.’ They encompass common bolt-action rifles such as the .460 Weatherby, break-open single and double rifles. These firearms are captured because of the powerful cartridges they shoot – designed to humanely dispatch the largest game animals. PURE hunting rifles.”

CSAAA said the Canadian government couldn’t answer how or why bolt-action rifles were included, how shipment to Canadian law enforcement would be handled, or what will happen to carriers moving inventory that was already in shipping when the “immediate” ban was announced. It was also left unclear what Canadian companies are to do with U.S. products exported to Canada that are now banned. They can’t be re-exported out of Canada back to the United States.

It would be easy to say Prime Minister Trudeau and his Canadian gun control allies have no idea what they’re talking about and that’s why the order is such chaos. The prime minister is pitching this as a reaction to horrendous murders by a deranged man in Novia Scotia, but the reality is, he’s been planning this for months, even years.

By anyone’s definition, that is devilishly detailed.


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Based on strict reading of the new Canadian law (SOR/2020-96, Section 95) 12-gauge shotguns are banned because with the choke tube removed the muzzle diameter is 20mm or greater (depending on the model). The new law bans any firearm with a bore of 20mm or greater. According to Canadian law, the barrel bore is measured at the widest point through which the projectile travels, which is the muzzle on a 12-gauge shotgun. 10-gauge shotguns may also be included in the ban.

We would urge all companies to exercise caution when deciding whether to export any 12-gauge or 10-gauge shotguns to Canada at this time. It is possible that the Canadian Border Security Agency (CBSA) could impound and/or seize the shipment. If impounded, you will face thousands of dollars in fees per day based on the size of your shipment. There have been public statements by Canadian officials suggesting that 12-gauge shotguns are not banned. However, the law as written has not been changed to remove any legal ambiguity.

NSSF® is attempting to obtain legally-reliable assurances from the Canadian government as to whether 12-gauge or 10-gauge shotguns can be lawfully exported to Canada. We will continue to monitor this situation and keep members updated on further developments.



National Shooting Sports FoundationAbout The National Shooting Sports Foundation

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 10,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. www.nssf.org

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PMinFl
PMinFl
2 months ago

I can’t believe that NSSF actually thought that Canada would let it’s subjects own shotguns. How foolish to place trust in politicians.

Rock
Rock
3 months ago

“You don’t need an AR15 to bring down a deer”, but ONE LIBTARD placed in control by brainwashed idiots can bring down a nation…. I give you the control freak Trudeau, the ultimate leftist/socialist ASSHOLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

AMMOLAND, STOP THE F**KING POPUP ADS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bobtail
Bobtail
3 months ago

If I thought Canada was worth spit, I’d take my 10/22 and conquer the place.

2ndA'murrican
2ndA'murrican
3 months ago

O Canada
Your home and unarmed land
No longer strong and free
Gave up your guns to thee
O Canada
Just guard your ass and be
Be free from Tyranny
O Canada poor Canada
We cry for thee

BigJim
BigJim
3 months ago

Ahh Canada, ripe for the cartels from Mexico now!

Grim
Grim
3 months ago

Just as we U.S. citizens do, Canadians get the government they deserve!

SoSueMe
SoSueMe
3 months ago

Dear Canadians
I know you don’t have one but if you’d like to borrow our 2nd Amendment to overthrow tyranny you’re welcome to it!

vbirddogs
vbirddogs
3 months ago

When ONE man can outright BAN virtually all firearms in a country, you have a serious problem. That’s called a dictatorship, and that one man must needs be removed, but what ever means necessary. I hope the Canadian people find a way to just that!!!

Black Powder 26
Black Powder 26
3 months ago

Head the warning US gun owners! Don’t think it could happen here? Guess again. Get to the polls in November and vote!

Grigori
Grigori
3 months ago

For who? None of them on either side are really our friends. Better yet, be ready to fight when these orders come down, here.

uncle dudley
uncle dudley
3 months ago

Maybe it’s time to build a wall between the U.S. and Canada.

gunnerdd517
3 months ago
Reply to  uncle dudley

Nien ! Nyet ! NO ! ………Walls keep people in, as well as out ! Be careful what you ask for. Its same reason Im opposed to the US/ Mexico wall. Take away the incentive to come in illegally & they will stop coming. DUH ! We dont need a wall, just the "Rule of Law" enforced. Walls are a really bad idea....may as well have motion sensor operated full auto machine guns along the borders. THINK ! We have got to be smart enough to see where things like walls can&will lead. Funny how the Democrats aint opposing the… Read more »

GUNFUN
GUNFUN
3 months ago
Reply to  gunnerdd517

The only walls that keep people in are for communist countries.

Coelacanth
Coelacanth
3 months ago
Reply to  uncle dudley

Michigan shares a 800 mile border with Ontario, all water.

SoSueMe
SoSueMe
3 months ago
Reply to  uncle dudley

Yeah, but make it incredibly tall so the cold Canadian air can’t get over it….

Zeb
Zeb
3 months ago

Does the ban include blasters commonly issued to storm troopers?

Stripeseven
Stripeseven
3 months ago

Ban this, ban that, zero tolerance, prohibit this, forbid that, disallowed now just because “I” said so, outlawed now just because “I” said so, and the list goes on and on. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to speak idiot so you could cuss out someone like that in their own language? Gheeeesh…

Grigori
Grigori
3 months ago

If they have time and means, perhaps the compliant among Canadian gun owners could send some of their Mossbergs, vintage 870’s, and other goodies here where they could be sold to help fill the current void of tactical shotguns in the USA. I wish we could own 14″ barrel pumps like they can (or could) but would never want the rest of their stupid gun laws.

Tionico
Tionico
3 months ago
Reply to  Grigori

Trust me, most Canadians who own guns will NOT destroy or surrender them. It may be a long stretch but I am wondering if this madness won’t bring in a “no confidence” vote to remove this sawn of an earlier tyrant charlatan. This apple did not roll very far downhill from his foul papa.

Finnky
Finnky
3 months ago

The industry as a whole needs to refuse to sell anything to Canadian government including LEO and military. I suspect their military has sufficient ammo stockpiled to maintain training for a while, but doubt that LEO does – well not if they train any. Unfortunately the industry is fragmented and individual companies would not engage in such an embargo. Too bad, so sad.