Remember Nova Scotia: Why Unlicensed Gun Owners Can Always Be

Source: National Interest - View Original Article
Published: May 03, 2020
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89% Liberal


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Policies:

Government Regulation
Gun Control

Sentiments

87% "They and their supporters often share a deep distrust of government regulation and the state.""
80% "Hidden guns""
77% "Most famously, his government passed legislation in 2012 to abolish the long-gun registry, despite resistance from police organizations, victims' groups, the government of Québec ..."
74% "The Conservative Party continued to resist efforts to strengthen firearm record-keeping when the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced legislation (Bill C-71) ..."
73% "He fought a lengthy battle in the courts, unsuccessfully appealing his conviction to the Ontario Court of Appeal.""
71% "Rod Giltaca, the CEO and executive director of the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights, tweeted in 2018 that: Despite what all anti-gun folks have ..."
70% "While most firearm owners abide by Canada's regulatory regime, Wortman's actions show the possible danger of an unlicensed citizen accumulating and using stockpiles of ..."
65% "Several Canadian gun groups encourage this attitude and warn that many firearm laws are mere pretexts to firearm confiscations.""
64% "It's troubling that the suspect could accumulate the weapons and ammunition necessary to carry out his rampage.""

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Contributing sentiments towards policy:

87% : They and their supporters often share a deep distrust of government regulation and the state.
80% : Hidden guns
77% : Most famously, his government passed legislation in 2012 to abolish the long-gun registry, despite resistance from police organizations, victims' groups, the government of Québec and a sizeable public investment in the creation of the registry.
74% : Tories took further steps The Conservatives also took steps undermining the firearm licensing system and the ability of police to trace weapons that received less public attention.
74% : The Conservative Party continued to resist efforts to strengthen firearm record-keeping when the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced legislation (Bill C-71) that again requires gun retailers to keep track of non-restricted firearm sales.
73% : He fought a lengthy battle in the courts, unsuccessfully appealing his conviction to the Ontario Court of Appeal.
71% : Rod Giltaca, the CEO and executive director of the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights, tweeted in 2018 that: "Despite what all anti-gun folks have said since the beginning of gun control, registration does lead to confiscation."
70% : While most firearm owners abide by Canada's regulatory regime, Wortman's actions show the possible danger of an unlicensed citizen accumulating and using stockpiles of weapons for criminal purposes.
65% : Several Canadian gun groups encourage this attitude and warn that many firearm laws are mere pretexts to firearm confiscations.
64% : It's troubling that the suspect could accumulate the weapons and ammunition necessary to carry out his rampage.
64% : It's troubling that Wortman could accumulate the weapons and ammunition necessary to carry out his rampage.
61% : In 2004, Bruce and Donna Montague of Ontario faced multiple charges after police seized over 200 firearms and thousands of rounds ammunition -- many hidden in a secret room in the basement of their house.
61% : That's dangerous, because it could encourage people to acquire guns without a licence.
59% : It also highlights that some seemingly law-abiding Canadians create private gun collections outside of the normal licensing and registration systems.
57% : The slogan "registration leads to confiscation" has been popular for decades.
57% : Groups representing gun owners are generally careful to inform their members they must comply with the law, but they also warn of nefarious politicians seeking to confiscate personal property.
51% : That suggests that otherwise responsible gun owners who do not abide by Canada's firearm laws are committing victimless crimes.
50% : For example, the Harper government issued a grace period for gun owners who failed to renew their firearm licences.
48% : Conservative politicians and gun groups complained that the legislation created a "back-door gun registry," despite the fact it did not establish a centralized system of record-keeping.
47% : The National Firearms Association blared in a similar tweet in 2016 that "registration preludes confiscation.
44% : Until caught, they often appear to be law-abiding gun owners, and their defenders dismiss the charges against them as "paper crimes."
43% : And it's possibly evidence of an enduring problem: gun smuggling from the United States, which provides a stream of illegal weapons for criminal gangs in Canada.
43% : In 2013, the Canadian Shooting Sports Association tweeted that there were "only two reasons to register something - gov't plans to tax it or confiscate it."
37% : Bruce Montague was a gunsmith and a fierce opponent of gun control who became a darling of those who claimed Canadians have a right to possess firearms.
34% : And in 2015 it passed legislation that rolled back requirements passed in the 1970s that required gun retailers to record the sales of non-restricted firearms.
32% : People like Bruce Montague are not gang members or professional criminals.
25% : The man who killed 22 people in the province had illegally stockpiled firearms.
23% : The subtext of the messaging used by gun groups and some Conservative politicians is that gun owners should not trust the government when it comes to firearms.
15% : The Conservative government of Stephen Harper responded to fears of confiscation by limiting the federal government's ability to track firearms.
14% : The federal government has announced a ban on assault weapons following the recent mass shooting in Nova Scotia.
4% : We should therefore hardly excuse people who own unlicensed weapons as only committing "paper crimes."

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