NSSF: Canada Gun Confiscation ‘In the Coming Months’

By Larry Keane

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U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- The Great Northern Gun Grab is about to begin.

The United States’ northern neighbor is bracing for firearm confiscation. What would seem unthinkable just a couple of years ago is now planned to radically shift gun ownership on America’s doorstep in just weeks.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that sweeping new gun control laws would be coming “in months” that would drastically change how firearms are controlled in Canada. The Liberal Party leader made the unilateral announcement that the government would confiscate more than 1,500 makes and models of firearms under an expanded “assault weapon” definition. It’s an estimated 150,000-200,000 firearms.

Prime Minister Trudeau fulfilled his ill-advised promise by announcing the introduction of a bill in Canada’s Parliament, labeled C-21, that would usher in crushing gun restrictions. Included in the bill is everything from a provision to allow anyone to petition a police chief to revoke a firearm license and the courts to seize firearm for up to 30 days. The bill includes a magazine ban for handguns with a capacity greater than 10 rounds and centerfire rifle magazines with a capacity greater than five rounds. It would impose a strict regimen for those who choose not to participate in the confiscation program with onerous and nearly impossible requirements to keep their firearms. A two-year amnesty period for owners of these now-banned firearms will expire in April 2022.

Confiscation

The biggest concern of this gun control push is the outright confiscation of firearms by the government. Prime Minister Trudeau and his allies are labeling it as a government “buyback.” However, this is using Canadian taxpayer funds for the government to buy back something it never owned in the first place.

More shocking is that no government official will put a price tag on what this would cost. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said the government will have a better picture of the cost when it knows how many owners want to “sell” their firearms and for how much, according to Canadian Broadcasting Channel  (CBC) report. Minister Blair guessed it would run between $300-400 million dollars, if 150-200,000 gun owners demand $1,300 per firearm. Minister Blair earlier pegged the cost at $600 million.

Critics argue the cost would be much higher. Those critics were right about Canada’s previous gun registration scheme being a colossal failure with an enormous price tag. That was pitched at costing only $2 million but ran over $2.7 billion before being scrapped. The same critics are pointing to New Zealand’s confiscation model and saying realistic estimates put the Canadian cost at $1.6-$5 billion in just the first year. That’s just administrative costs, not including the bounty Prime Minister Trudeau would pay for each firearm.

Noncompliance

Canadians who don’t participate in surrendering their firearms to the government will be forced to endure a rigorous set of rules and inspections to keep their firearms – while they can and while they’re alive. Those who don’t hand over their firearms could keep them under strict conditions to not use, import, further acquire, sell or bequeath them. Those individuals would also be required to complete the Canadian Restricted Firearm Safety Course and upgrade their licenses to a “Restricted Possession and Acquisition Licence.” Of course, this would incur all associated course and license fees, along with registering any firearms with the Firearms Registrar, complying with enhanced storage requirements and periodically providing information on firearm storage to ensure compliance.

But Wait, There’s More

The proposed confiscation law would be so much more than just a gun grab. It would also give municipalities the option of enacting their own local ban on handguns. Some local laws might not go that far. Local laws might only regulate home storage of handguns, requiring them to be stored at shooting clubs and ranges. This would create a patchwork of differing gun control laws and pitfalls for Canadian gun owners. Enforcement would become a nightmare.

Matt DeMille of Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, told the CBC, “Adopting measures across the province in a patchwork is going to be very difficult for people to understand.” Conservative public safety critic Shannon Stubbs added, “This part of the bill doesn’t address the major problem, which is the illicit use of illegal guns in crime.”

Another provision in the bill would make it illegal to advertise a firearm that depicts violence against a person. Read strictly, that would make it a crime to advertise a gun as a self-defense tool. Instead of taking on the criminals who misuse firearms, Prime Minister Trudeau would lock up advertisers who tell his citizens they don’t have to be willing victims and can use firearms to defend themselves.

No Right, Not Right

This sounds like a dystopian fairy tale, but the reality is this is happening on the doorstep of the United States. Minister Blair made it clear why Prime Minister Trudeau is able to get away with it.

“Gun ownership in Canada, in this country, is a privilege and not a right,” Minister Blair explained to Canada’s Global News. It’s a privilege that’s predicated on the strict adherence to our laws, our regulations, and our restrictions.”

That’s not stopping opponents from saying Prime Minister Trudeau is overstepping. The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police said it won’t support a plan for handgun bans. Vancouver police chief Adam Palmer heads the organization and previously said there are laws against the illegal use of handguns. Further gun control laws won’t solve this problem.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said the handgun ban is “not going to work.” Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is critical of Prime Minister Trudeau’s gun grabs. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney denounced the moves for targeting law-abiding gun owners and not criminals. Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford said the national government should focus on enforcing laws and putting criminals behind bars, not seizing guns from law-abiding citizens.

In light of President Joe Biden’s gun control wish list, it’s worth noting the importance of the 27 words of the Second Amendment. It’s also worth watching the cost of dollars and rights an out-of-control gun control agenda can do to a nation’s citizens.


About The National Shooting Sports Foundation

NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations, and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit nssf.org

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Whodaty
Whodaty
8 months ago

Well, the hijo de Castro is just following in his daddies footsteps…..

RoyD
RoyD
8 months ago

Sounds like a money making opportunity for someone. You know, import/export. Let me pop some corn.

dodge4me
dodge4me
8 months ago

ACT of WAR!!!

Rowboat
Rowboat
8 months ago

Sucks to be Canadian! They don’t seem to have that little thing called the 2nd Amendment in their Constitution.
I guess all the Leftist Hippies that fled there to avoid serving their country will be happy about that.
Oh, that’s right, they all came back to America once the shooting was over, then they got their PH-D and are now all college professors.

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
8 months ago

Yet the USEFUL IDIOTS called “politicians” in OUR American government are SALIVATING and ready to POUNCE at any BONE / RED FLAG INCIDENT they bring about to remove LEGAL LAW ABIDING AMERICAN CITIZENS’ GUN RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Captain Sloog
Captain Sloog
8 months ago

Never forget that “NAZI” is the abbreviation for the German Socialist party and one of their first actions was to disarm their political opponents.

Snuffy
Snuffy
8 months ago

If you think the government is treating it’s citizens badly now, just wait until you see how they treat you when you’re disarmed.

Bluemax
Bluemax
8 months ago
Reply to  Snuffy

Absolutely Correct. Their Government will not give up the weapons they will use against you. Totalitarian Rule! Your Freedoms and Liberty will only be a memory….

Wass
Wass
8 months ago

Judging by the history of Canada’s attempt at gun registration, a few years ago, this drive at confiscation and severe registration, by PM Trudeau, will not materialize either. At least, the premiers of the western provinces are standing up for gun owner rights.

Last edited 8 months ago by Wass
Winchester1873
Winchester1873
8 months ago

I wonder if Canadians will do something about this and take their country back.

Dave in Fairfax
Dave in Fairfax
8 months ago
Reply to  Winchester1873

Wn73,
Nope, they are SUBJECTS of the Crown and always have been.

Neanderthal75
Neanderthal75
8 months ago
Reply to  Winchester1873

Are you still live in Calgary Canada doing my master’s program at the University there. I personally know a few dozen folks lost the rifles and handguns while crossing rivers. The Rocky mountain provinces and the rural British Columbia, Yukon, and plains provinces have an American mindset when it comes to firearms. Further, the Wuhan virus lockdown tyranny that Trudeau as installed in Canada has literally pissed off millions of people in to publicly violating the restrictions. the RCMP is turned into a jackbooted thugs operation which has been noted by millions of Canadians. The level of anger in Canada… Read more »

3l120
3l120
8 months ago
Reply to  Neanderthal75

I am a retired cop and the last time I ventured North to duCanada, I was asked about firearms. Then a Customs agent noticed I had a KMA-367 license plate and they searched the car, even though I had said no. Seems as if they make as difficult as they can for ‘anyone’ to enter Canada. Wonder if the Canucks can sell their firearms to the USA or store them there??

TStheDeplorable
TStheDeplorable
8 months ago

There is only one reason a government disarms its people. And it’s not to prevent crime.

Rowboat
Rowboat
8 months ago

They won’t let me up vote you ! I keep trying but nothing happens !

MP
MP
8 months ago

Like seemingly all liberals and far too many conservatives, Minister Blair does not understand the concept of natural rights. As the US founders observed, certain rights are inherently ours, granted to us by God or, if you are not a believer, simply by dint of being human. The right to self-defense, individual and corporate is among those. The US Constitution gets this correct. Too many commentators and politicians do not. I cringe every time I read on Ammoland or elsewhere that the 2nd amendment “grants” us the right to keep and bear arms. NO IT DOES NOT!! It specifically constrains… Read more »

Montana454Casull
8 months ago

Justin Trudeau and Joe Biden are both turds that need to be flushed ! They both are tyrants that serve the new world order agenda. They fear a free and armed society because it is a threat to thier dictator goals of total control over the masses . Canadians need to stand up to Trudeau and tell him to go to hell . The 2 a community in America have a message for Joe and the Demcrat gun grabbers also its “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED “

nrringlee
nrringlee
8 months ago

Not citizens. Not even subjects. Serfs.

kegamilton
kegamilton
8 months ago

‘Gun ownership in Canada, in this country, is a privilege and not a right,” Minister Blair explained to Canada’s Global News.’ LIE!!!! With all due disrespect bagpipe face blair lies. Gun ownership for self protection is a Sovereign right NOT a sub human endowed ability either way. My creed/religion demands I be armed, based on over three dozen verses, some from the mouth of Jesus Christ. The hoplophobe trudeau and blair whose opposing religion is dialectic secular humanist politically correctness HAVE NO RIGHT TO VIOLATE MY SOVEREIGN RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF RELIGION by demanding I surrender any of my guns. I stand… Read more »

Rowboat
Rowboat
8 months ago
Reply to  kegamilton

I have just become an Elizabeth Warren Indian .

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
8 months ago

I am sure that the prime minister was in contact with joe before he even became president working on the plan to disarm the world.