Bill C-71 Turns 1: Timeline and Highlights of the Past Year — Bill C-71, the Canadian government’s planned law against hunters, farmers and sport shooters, turns one today. Here is a brief timeline of key dates with highlights of our coverage over the past year.

We wish Bill C-71 a lousy birthday and a quick demise.


07 March 2018

  1. Anti-Gun Law Outlook: Today’s Gun & Gang Summit, and Beyond
  2. Oops: Liberals Show Gang Crime Surging Since They Took Power
  • The Ministry of Public Safety hosts a national Summit on Gun and Gang Violence to set up the messaging and storyline for Bill C-71.
  • We predicted two of the main themes would be “rising gun crime” and rising “domestically sourced crime guns.” Turns out we hit a bullseye.

11 March 2018

Anti-Gun Laws Would Help Liberals Win Election, PR Advisor Says

  • A public-relations firm that advises the Liberal Party-led government ran an opinion poll and concluded: “Gun control presents an untapped opportunity for Justin Trudeau and his team to grow and solidify the voting base that gave them a majority in 2015.”
  • One of the authors of the analysis was David Rodier. He helped Liberal Minister of Justice Allan Rock in the 1990s to pass the Firearms Act, and later worked as a registered lobbyist for the Coalition for Gun Control.

Untapped Opportunity

The Bill Pops

20 March 2018

  1. New Gun Law: More Bans, More Police Powers, More Paperwork
  2. New Gun Law: CSAAA Chief Wes Winkel Comments, RCMP Responds
  3. New Gun Law Is ‘Warning Sign’ of More Bans, Lawyer Runkle Says
  • led coverage of Bill C-71 from the day Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale presented it in the House of Commons.
  • Exclusive interviews with industry insiders and other experts help us to explain the bill and show its political and practical significance for millions of Canadian men and women.

21 March 2018

Trudeau Tweet on PALs Isn’t Totally False, Just Totally Wrong

Canada Trudeau Tweet Gun Licence

  • The government distorts, misinforms and misleads politicians, the press and the public to promote Bill C-71.

07 April 2018

RCMP Corrects Website to Say We Can Buy Guns Without Showing PAL

  • The RCMP corrected a web page on licensing after reported an error.

27 April 2018

My Call to Goodale on Bill C-71: I Was Anxious, But It Was Easy

  • stepped up its support of grassroots political action to oppose Bill C-71 following an interview with MP Bob Zimmer and other key Members of Parliament.
  • Our first “postcard” for what became known as “Phone Call Friday” was shared and viewed tens (maybe hundreds?) of thousands of times on Facebook, Twitter, Gun Owners of Canada, Canadian Gun Nutz, Reddit, and elsewhere.
  • See more postcards for sharing.

Phone Call Friday Ralph Goodale

09 May 2018

RCMP Is So Eager to Ban Guns It’s Already Enforcing Bill C-71

  • The RCMP said it reviewed its web pages on Bill C-71 after this article, which triggered a series of events that are still unfolding. See below.

29 May 2018

The Bill C-71 Book Shows How Draft Gun Law Aims at Wrong Target

  • The Bill C-71 Book is released, marking the first time in Canadian history a book analyzing draft gun legislation is published before the law takes effect.
  • It includes plain-language explanations of the legal framework for gun ownership, with a special chapter on how RCMP acts as a law-maker and law-enforcer on gun classifications.
  • The book is downloaded and distributed at the Ministry of Public Safety within hours.
  • Some of the biggest firearm businesses in Canada recommend The Bill C-71 Book and even promote it on their homepage. (Thank you, Wolverine Supplies!)
  • The Canadian Shooting Sports Association, which co-produced The Bill C-71 Book, distributes copies to Members of Parliament and Senators. They reference, mention and quote the “Stop C-71 Book” in the House of Commons and the Senate.
  • Buy the book from Amazon or as a PDF.

The Bill C-71 Book Cover Canada Firearms

Wolverine Supplies The Bill C-71 Book
Screenshot of Wolverine Supplies homepage following the release of The Bill C-71 Book.

30 May 2018

RCMP Alters Bill C-71 Website After MP Questions Appropriateness

  • The RCMP overhauls its Bill C-71 pages following our reporting.
  • Glen Motz, a Conservative Member of Parliament, stands in the House of Commons to ask whether the RCMP violated principles of parliamentary supremacy in relation to law.

21 June 2018

RCMP Undermined Parliament on Bill C-71, House Speaker Says

  • The Speaker of the House supports Motz that the RCMP appears to have undermined the authority of parliament. He asks a House of Commons committee to investigate.

19 September 2018

Scheer Pledges to Repeal Bill C-71, Rejects Handgun Ban

  • The Conservative Party of Canada, the only federal party to consistently oppose unwarranted restrictions and prohibitions on legitimate hunters, farmers and sport shooters, makes one of its first campaign promises the repeal of Bill C-71.

24 September 2018

Bill C-71 Heads to Senate After Passing in House of Commons

  • is the first media to give the breakdown of the vote in the House of Commons and report that Maxime Bernier, who had recently quit the Conservative Party to create his own political group, was absent for the vote. We publish his response.

29 October 2018

RCMP ‘Contempt of Parliament’ Review Is First of Its Kind: Motz

  • The House of Commons Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs begins its investigation whether the RCMP acted in “contempt of parliament” on Bill C-71.
  • The review is still underway.

12 December 2018

Bill C-71 Passes Second Reading in Senate as Plett Does Takedown

  • Conservative Senator Don Plett delivers one of the most devastating takedowns of Bill C-71, calling it “useless legislation” based on “faulty logic and phony statistics.”
  • He shows the falsehood behind its claim of responding to “rising crime” with firearms. The Liberal Party pitched many of its elements to get elected in 2015, when such crime was at a historic low.
  • He said last month the Conservatives will “do everything short of gutting” the bill.

07 February 2019

Senator Dean ‘Unimpressed’ If You Worry About Being Disarmed

  • Supporters of Bill C-71 have little concern for the more than 10,000 men, women and businesses who will have their firearms prohibited and eventually confiscated under of the bill.
  • It gives the RCMP the ability to easily prohibit and confiscate any firearm in the future.

19 February 2019

Shooting Federation Head Says Gun Law May Push Her Into Politics

  • Bill C-71 will have political effects beyond its practical consequences for millions of Canadian men and women, from casual plinkers to world-class hunters and competitors.

01 March 2019

Bill C-71 Creates PAL Holder ‘Connections Registry’ on Transfers

  • Almost nobody mentions that Bill C-71 will violate personal privacy by requiring the federal police to build a “connections registry” of gun owners.

What’s Next?

  • The Senate committee reviewing Bill C-71 expects to finish its work in early to mid-April.
  • The bill will almost certainly become law before the general election in October. It has helped make gun ownership a critical election issue for firearm users.
  • Shooters can continue to contact politicians and media to share concerns, and invite them to the range so they experience the reality of the shooting community.
  • See detailed timeline on our Bill C-71 page.

Closing Remarks

  • has led coverage of Bill C-71 from Day One with exclusive news, data, analysis and opinion. (Learn more on our About page.)
  • Heartfelt thanks to:
  • Our united effort has turned Bill C-71 into one of the government’s highest-profile and most-controversial legislative proposals, with some of the highest levels of grassroots opposition.
  • The bill may yet be defeated.

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