Canada's Gun Ban Is About To Run into a Serious Problem

Source: The Western Journal - View Original Article
Published: May 05, 2020
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54% Liberal


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Sentiments

90% "But an unnamed government official admitted to reporters on background that it's unclear exactly how many of the now-banned firearms are currently in circulation, ..."
86% "Law-abiding citizens, of course, are always the ones most impacted when the stroke of a pen suddenly makes their weapons illegal.""
76% "Trudeau called it the deadliest rampage in the country's history and spoke about the victims and the loved ones they left behind.""
74% "Meanwhile, criminals will continue to break the law anyway and keep whatever guns they choose.""
72% "But like all gun control measures, this ban puts the onus on responsible, rule-following citizens, knowing they will largely comply.""
64% "They have no idea really where those are, A.J. Somerset, a gun policy expert and former gunnery instructor with the Canadian Forces, told Global ..."
62% "The Liberal government wants to bypass Parliament and roll out a new firearms ban tomorrow, Derek Sloan, a Conservative member of Parliament representing parts ..."
58% "While Trudeau's speech carried emotional weight, there is one glaring problem with the ban's implementation -- how can the nation's government ensure citizens turn ..."

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90% : But an unnamed government official admitted to reporters on background that it's unclear exactly how many of the now-banned firearms are currently in circulation, which certainly adds to the arbitrary and chaotic nature of enforcing such a decree.
86% : Law-abiding citizens, of course, are always the ones most impacted when the stroke of a pen suddenly makes their weapons illegal.
76% : Trudeau called it the "deadliest rampage" in the country's history and spoke about the victims and the loved ones they left behind.
74% : "Their families deserve more than thoughts and prayers.
74% : Meanwhile, criminals will continue to break the law anyway and keep whatever guns they choose.
72% : But like all gun control measures, this ban puts the onus on responsible, rule-following citizens, knowing they will largely comply.
64% : "They have no idea really where those are," A.J. Somerset, a gun policy expert and former gunnery instructor with the Canadian Forces, told Global News.
62% : The ban came via cabinet order, according to The New York Times, ostensibly because Parliament is not in session due to health concerns. "Outrageous.
62% : The Liberal government wants to bypass Parliament and roll out a new firearms ban tomorrow," Derek Sloan, a Conservative member of Parliament representing parts of Ontario, tweeted last week.
58% : While Trudeau's speech carried emotional weight, there is one glaring problem with the ban's implementation -- how can the nation's government ensure citizens turn over their now-banned weapons when there is no way to know exactly how many such firearms are in circulation?
57% : "No debate, no votes = no representation for licensed, law-abiding Canadians."
54% : Therein lies the problem with all gun control -- if law-abiding citizens do what they're told, they will be defenseless against the criminals who will be armed anyway.
49% : The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation elaborated on the gun control plan, which requires owners of the newly banned firearms to surrender or export them by April 2022.
46% : Yes, they will have the benefit of the two-year amnesty period, but so what?
44% : Although purchases of non-restricted weapons were previously logged, the government nixed its registry and all information contained within it in 2015, making it nearly impossible to know who owns them or even how many are currently in the hands of Canadians.
35% : "So it'll be difficult for them to actually confiscate those firearms, it'll be difficult for them to compel people to give them up."
33% : Global News highlighted Canada's weapon classification system, noting the difficulty in tracking previously unregistered weapons which were suddenly declared illegal.
33% : Firearms in Canada are classified as either prohibited, restricted or non-restricted, with many rifles and long guns falling into the last category of weapons, which are currently not required to be registered with the government.
33% : Even if there were a registry, what's to stop owners from simply reporting that they "misplaced" their firearms at the bottom of a lake while out fishing?
27% : The issue, as Global News pointed out, is that some previously non-restricted guns, like the Beretta Cx4 Storm, are now banned, "so there's no registry of owners" of those guns.
26% : Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made an impassioned speech about gun violence Friday in announcing a ban on 1,500 types of firearms.
22% : Canadians deserve more than thoughts and prayers," Trudeau said, just before describing the ban.
19% : In his address to the Canadian people Friday, Trudeau spoke about instances of gun violence in his country, including the April 18-19 massacre in Nova Scotia that left 22 dead.
17% : Despite this glaring issue, a gun ban is exactly the kind of thing politicians like Trudeau are all too eager to impose.
13% : For those whose weapons went from being non-restricted to banned, they must decide whether to admit to owning those weapons at all, since the government has no record of them anyway.
8% : In this case, Trudeau even used a tragedy to push through his agenda regardless of the impracticality of enforcing such a ban.
3% : "Effective immediately, it is no longer permitted to buy, sell, transport, import or use military-grade assault weapons in this country," Trudeau declared, even though police believe the weapons used in the Nova Scotia attack were obtained illegally anyway.

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