With a stroke of a pen, Canadian Prime Minister Justine Trudeau banned over 1,500 makes and models of “Military-Grade Assault weapons.” Starting today, licensed gun owners will no longer be allowed to sell, transport, import or use these types of weapons in Canada.
“As of today, the market for assault weapons in Canada is closed,” Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said. “Enough is enough. Banning these firearms will save Canadian lives.”
“These weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time,” Trudeau said. “There is no use and no place for such weapons in Canada.”
Trudeau said there will be a two-year amnesty period to allow people who already own these firearms to comply with the ban. Trudeau promised to pass legislation in the coming months to provide “fair compensation” to people who own these firearms.
Trudeau acknowledged that most firearms owners are law-abiding citizens, but that did not keep him from instituting the ban. He stated that “hunters do not need that type of fire power.”
All Canadians must get rid of their banned fire arms by April 2022, and that any gun owners who have not disposed of their banned firearms by that point could face sanctions under the Criminal Code.
Even though there is a two year grace period, the firearms can not be used. The only authorized use is to return the firearm to the manufacturer or import the weapon out of the country.
The actual number of banned firearms is unknown but there are 105,000 firearms currently classified as “restricted” that will now be classified as “prohibited.”
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was critical of the ban calling it “symbolism over substance.” It does nothing to target smugglers or those who illegally modify firearms.
“We know the Liberal approach is to ask law-abiding firearms owners to follow more laws — that’s lazy and ineffective,” Scheer said in an interview. “It’s easy but lazy.”
“Doing this at a time when Canadians are very concerned about this pandemic is completely unacceptable. Now is not the time to make these major policy changes, especially when they’ve proven so ineffective.”
This should be a wake-up call for all law abiding gun owners across the world. If it can happen in Canada it can happen in the United States as well.