The Biden administration has been promising strict gun control measures here in the United States, but so far they are nothing like what is happening in Canada, our neighbors to the north.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has already banned over 1,500 makes and models of “Military-Grade Assault weapons.” Meaning licensed gun owners will no longer be allowed to sell, transport, import or use these types of weapons in Canada. Noe Trudeau is looking to expand on that executive decision.
According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that sweeping new gun control laws would be coming “in months” by introducing Bill C-21 in Canada’s Parliament.
This bill would fulfill a promise made back in May when 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.
Some of the provisions covered in this new bill are:
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 a 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.NSSF
Canada plans on having a “buy back” program that looks an awful lot like confiscation. First the Government would offer to buy firearms from its citizen and if any refuse to sell and want to keep their guns they must adhere to strict and almost impossible standard to do so.
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.NSSF
The bill would also give municipalities authority to stack local handgun bans on top of what Canada’s federal government puts in place. Local laws might only regulate home storage of handguns, requiring them to be stored at shooting clubs and ranges. Making an extreme patchwork of gun laws that no honest gun owner would be able to keep track of.
Bills like this have already been introduced in the United States. Legislation such as Shelia Jackson Lee’s insane gun bill is being proposed and debated. If America’s gun owners are not careful we could find ourselves in the same position as Canada.