Who knew that it would be Canada and China leading the way in telling their tyrannical governments to pound sand? That was definitely not on my Bingo card. However, here we are. As Chinese citizens protest Covid lockdowns, law enforcement in provinces throughout Canada refuses to comply with the assault-style weapons ban.
Canada Assault-Style Weapons Ban Gets Pushback from Law Enforcement
Since the passage of Bill C-21 (below), Canada has added an amendment banning long guns, semi-auto rifles, and shotguns. And now, with the two-year amnesty period at an end, Alberta Justice Minister Tyler Shandro is expected to confiscate the remaining firearms. However, he was having none of it.
According to CBC Canada this past September, “He says Alberta will not agree to having RCMP officers act as confiscation agents and will protest any such move under the provincial-federal agreement that governs policing.”
Likewise, he plans to seek intervener status in legal challenges to have the ban declared unconstitutional.
And now, a host of other provinces join Shandro in refusing the confiscation orders. Breitbart News points out that Alberta is not alone in this fight:
“New Brunswick and Saskatchewan are not cooperating to implement the confiscatory policies either, and Manitoba is also refusing.”
Taking the Fight to the Top
Adding to this is the Manitoba Minister of Justice, Kelvin Goertzen, voicing numerous overall concerns. Not the least of which is that police resources will be used to target lawful gun owners. As a result, the Ministers of Justice and Public Safety will be addressing this with the federal government next month.
He told Breitbart News, “We will be bringing these concerns, along with the shared concern of Saskatchewan and Alberta, directly to the federal government next month in meetings of Ministers of Justice and Ministers of Public Safety.”
On November 23, 2022, PDW reported:
Canada returned to its old anti-gun tricks recently. A new massive, long-gun ban, under an amendment to Bill C-21, Canada now adds several million additional semi-auto rifles, shotguns and more to its previous exhaustive prohibition on “assault rifles.”
The new measure names several popular long guns, reported firearmsrights.ca. Models include SKS, Tavor, AR180, Kel-Tec Sub2000, Ruger PC Carbine, Benelli M4 and so many more.
C-21 further prohibits “ALL CENTERFIRE SEMI-AUTOMATIC firearms with removable magazines,” reported firearmsrights.ca. The new gun ban adds an incredible level of prohibitions to the already disastrous gun ban of 2020, reported below.
On May 1, 2020, PDW reported:
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday a ban on approximately 1,500 makes and models of assault-style weapons. The ban goes into effect immediately. As of Friday, the sale, transport, import or use of this class of weapons is now illegal.
Canada Bans Assault-Style Weapons
“As of today, the market for assault weapons in Canada is closed,” Public Safety Minister Bill Blair told cba.ca. “Enough is enough. Banning these firearms will save lives.”
Trudeau announced a two-year amnesty period to allow current owners to somehow comply with the ban. The prime minster also said legislation would come in the coming months, providing “fair compensation” to current owners, according to cbc.ca. A buyback program, as promised earlier by Canada’s Liberal Party, would likely cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.
Yet, the definition around “assault-style” weapon remains murky. Canada currently provides no legal definition of the term, according to cbc.ca. Regardless, the country effectively banned every firearm of a semi-automatic variety capable of utilizing a higher capacity magazine. What that actual definition is remains to be seen.
“These weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only … to kill the largest amount of people in the shortest amount of time,” Trudeau said, reported cbc.ca.
The new legislation comes even as the Nova Scotia shooter used illegal arms to commit his crimes, which sparked the recent gun ban. The gunman used a mix of firearms obtained illegally from both Canadian and U.S. sources, according to cbc.ca. So this new law in no way would have stopped the shooting rampage.
Sadly, we saw this coming. Canada now again follows the predictable pattern. When gun laws fail, liberal politicians seek to add more unnecessary gun laws. Only this time, Trudeau and those in power went for the jugular. Gun ownership in Canada took a hit today, one it may never ever recover from. Let’s hope her neighbors to the south see the lesson and remain ever vigilant. Oh, Canada …