Trudeau Ramps Up War on Lawful Gun Owners

Canada is confiscating guns again. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- At the end of May – two years after his unilateral imposition of an “assault weapons” ban – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government introduced Bill C-21, a bill that proposes many firearm-related changes, the most significant of which is a freeze on the sale, transfer, and import of handguns. At the same time, Marco Mendicino, the Liberal government’s public safety minister, announced forthcoming “regulations [to] help stop the growth of personally owned handguns in Canada[,]… expected to come into force in Fall 2022,” apparently regardless of whether Bill C-21 is enacted into law.

The Liberals’ previous gun control plans respecting handguns were based on authorizing individual local governments to adopt, by bylaw, handgun restrictions and bans as they saw fit. In February 2021, when the earlier version of Bill C-21 was introduced, gun control advocates criticized the failure to impose a national handgun ban. As proposed, the bill would allow “regions with predominantly Conservative ridings” to opt out, as these “will likely not exercise their new right to ban or restrict handguns.” The 2021 bill did not pass, although many of its proposals have been carried forward in the 2022 version.

Under existing law, to own a firearm or ammunition, a license (Possession and Acquisition License) is required. Handgun registration laws have been in place in Canada since 1934, and  handguns are already classified as either “restricted” or “prohibited” (for instance, automatic firearms, or those with barrels equal to or less than 105 mm in length). Both categories are strictly regulated, but “[g]enerally, you may have prohibited firearms only if you have been ‘grandfathered’ under” the Firearms Act. Handgun transfer, storage and transport are further regulated.

The current Bill C-21 amends the Firearms Act by adding a new subsection that provides “[a] registration certificate for a handgun must not be issued to an individual.” This would generally suspend the purchase, sale, importation and transfer of handguns upon the effective date of the law, although existing lawful owners would be permitted to continue to possess their handguns. The bill will not likely be enacted before the fall.

In an interview posted online on May 30, Marco Mendicino, minister of public safety, refused to rule out a complete national ban on handguns as a possible next step. “We’re always gonna be prepared to look at all options, but today was a significant stride in that direction,” he said.

In the meantime, the implementation of Trudeau’s 2020 “assault weapon” ban appears to have stalled. As initially proposed two years ago, the law included an amnesty period (against criminal liability for possession of the immediately-banned assault weapons) that expired on April 30, 2022, the date by which gun owners were required to comply with the ban through either grandfathering or a surrender of their guns (“buyback”) for promised “fair compensation.” In March, the Liberal government announced an eleventh-hour extension of the amnesty until October 30, 2023, to “allow time to ensure that officials can finalize and fully implement a robust mandatory buyback program and allow firearms owners and businesses to take all reasonable steps to come into compliance with the law.”

Now, four months before the new amnesty is due to expire, implementation is still at the preliminary stages, according to the interview with the responsible minister. “We have to be sure we properly consult with the industry, which we’re going to do imminently” before “the process of launching this program” begins, Marco Mendicino said. “We’re going to be expanding on how we’re going to set up the compensation system as quickly as we possibly can, and then rolling it out,” adding that “we have every intention of getting the buyback process by the end of this year.”

Even if this latest package of gun control is enacted, the question remains as to whether it will have any effect on the criminals and gang members who are responsible for violent crime in Canada’s cities.

A Government of Canada engagement paper, Reducing Violent Crime: A Dialogue on Handguns and Assault Weapons (Oct. 2018) confirms that the “vast majority of owners of handguns and of other firearms in Canada lawfully abide by requirements, and most gun crimes are not committed with legally-owned firearms… Any ban of handguns or assault weapons would primarily affect legal firearms owners, while the illicit market would be indirectly affected as there would be fewer available to potentially divert.” The paper cites the assault weapons ban that expired in the United States in 2004, stating that “[i]n all cases the data does not conclusively demonstrate that these handgun or assault weapon bans have led to reductions in gun violence, though some studies drew other conclusions.” A 2020 study that looked specifically at the impact of Canadian gun laws, Effect of firearms legislation on suicide and homicide in Canada from 1981 to 2016, concluded that “firearms legislation had no associated beneficial effect on overall suicide and homicide rates.”

Lawful ownership and use of firearms is very much not the problem. According to one gun rights group, in just the week following the introduction of Bill C-21, “28 repeat offenders, all sought for committing other crimes, were also charged with 54 counts of breaching their Firearm Prohibition Orders,” court orders that already prohibited their possession of ammunition, firearms, and other weapons. “If this pace keeps up, June 2022 will break the record for armed violent criminals charged with violating firearm prohibition orders in a single month.”

Teri Bryant, the Chief Firearms Officer for the Province of Alberta, made much the same point in commenting on the Liberals’ latest gun control move. “[P]ublic safety would be far better served if greater attention was paid to tracking people who have firearms prohibition orders against them… The problem with this package of measures is it targets the people who are at the lowest risk of offending.”

Reality, though takes a back seat to political posturing. While Trudeau’s minister talks about a “comprehensive strategy” and “concrete practical measures” to address crime, everyday Canadians are (again) at a loss to understand how targeting law-abiding sport shooters, hunters, farmers and veterans instead of habitual criminals and repeat offenders will ensure “safer communities.”


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Yote Hunter

Canada’s political class are just trying their level best to follow in the footsteps of other heavily aligned with Great Britian countries,such as Australia and New Zealand. It’s part of the new world order plans to create one vast serfdom with an elitist leadership who will reserve a boatload of full privileges for themselves while manifoldly decreasing the rights and privileges of others.
Never forget that American freedoms DECREASE with every law that comes out of DC. Death by a thousand cuts.

my44gun

It isn’t just the politicians that are coming after the right to bear arms. The uninformed and afraid are the ones that cause the most problems and there are more and more people who are indoctrinated into believing the lies that are constantly disseminated by the people who not only hate firearms, but they also hate free speech, free thought and individual freedom. Most people alive today do not remember the lawlessness of the alcohol prohibition era. Criminals took advantage of the law banning the sale, possession or consumption of alcohol and used the demand for alcohol to build a… Read more »

Finnky

We’ll be lucky if things only deteriorate to prohibition levels. I expect criminality to be much more widespread, coupled with french-revolution type accusations both by anti-gunners and by people seeking revenge. Consider that many of the new criminals with be SF vets, and majority of the rest are also considerably more skilled with firearms than most cops. Between numbers, skills and determination – law enforcement would be dramatically outclassed. LEO pursuing enforcement in some states could be seen as suicidal. Such laws could terminate the unions as several states follow up on majority of their residents becoming federal felons by… Read more »

Captn John

I guess you have to take the cops with you. Make it costly!

musicman44mag

Maryland man named Willis shot to death by police trying to take his guns because of a RED FLAG call. The news article says they don’t know who turned him in for red flag. Hello? What happened to the person has to make the complaint the judge has to sign the warrant and then the police go serve the warrant and try and illegally take away his guns?

New law. He refused to honor it. He will not be alone. This is going to get messy if they pass it through congress.

Laddyboy

The man who was MURDERED by the police had a DISAGREEMENT with a family member. Otherwise, the dead man had no police record.

musicman44mag

This is exactly what I am talking about. Misuse of the new law. Someone is pissed off at someone like the neighbor across the street from me because he hates republicans and could turn me in because He feels I am a threat because I LIKE GUNS and in his opinion, I am mentally defective because of it. I told him he is mentally defective because he supports demoncraps. He says he has a gun that no one knows about and that seems to be ok and him having one is normal but for me, I have a mental problem.… Read more »

Russn8r

Oh no! Is Trudeau anti-gun? Who knew? THANK you, Captain Obvious.

NOW STOP STEALING OUR MONEY

musicman44mag

Awaiting approval. Nothing bad here but some facts that may come to light in the very near future. Maybe it was the obiden and justin swapping spit part.

musicman44mag

I love how government’s try and cover their ass when they know they are going to loose. The only reason for the extension is because they did a small survey and found out that the majority of Canadians were going to give them the middle finger and they would look like New York and it’s magazine ban, idiots. So now that we have justins new date for confiscation of legal firearms, lets see what uncle joe has planned for us that coincides with the new date. If we watch, I bet we will feel the change here or see something… Read more »

Grim

Must be that genetic lapdog response to “authority”.

Grim

Canadians just seem to roll over when it comes to government tyranny!!!

swmft

they had the chance to join us and did not so followers not independents

Arny

I saw them protesting in the cold & snow, Going to jail for what they thought was right. Looks to me like they are doing their thing. Not many turned in their ASSAULT WEAPONS or mags. Hence the need for the Govt extension. If you think Americans will be much different than Canadians. I think you’ll be proven wrong. There will be just as many Americans that will heel, when the orders come. Not many are willing to risk life, family, & everything they own just for the Second Amendment. Maybe single men w/ out much to lose will fight.… Read more »

totbs

That’s been their history since before the founding. The “Loyalists” headed north to Canada from the colonies at the first hints of revolution because they wanted to remain subjects of the crown. After many generations, they still want to be tied to an apron string. They gave up their sovereign citizenship and freedom for some perceived security a loooong time ago.

DIYinSTL

Or … the patriots became pioneers and headed west while the loyalists stayed behind on the east coast.