Trudeau Gun Ban Targets 200,000 Long Guns: Global News

TheGunBlog.ca — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will order hunters, farmers and sport shooters to surrender about 200,000 of their firearms if re-elected, Global News reported today, citing Bill Blair, the minster for confiscation.

The estimate covers what Blair called “assault-style weapons,” Global said, citing Blair speaking to reporters this morning.

It would be the biggest single firearm seizure in Canadian history.

It means at least some 90,000 so-called “Non-restricted” rifles and shotguns will be forced away from their owners in case of a Trudeau election victory.

Handguns Next

Trudeau’s Liberal Party also plans to make it easier for provinces and cities to ban handguns from federally licensed shooters, Global reported, citing Blair.

The prime minister is proposing to criminalize honest men and women as he seeks re-election. Opinion polls show Liberal voters are the most hostile to firearm owners and support bans.

Trudeau’s campaign promise undermines Canada’s system for licensing and registering firearm owners and the federal police who run the program.

Broken Promise

It also breaks a key Liberal promise made in promoting Bill C-71 to let the police make decisions on firearm classifications “without political influence.”

Read: Liberals Plan Gun Bans If Re-Elected, Blair Tells Globe and Mail

Pay the Victims

Blair said the government will pay the victims of the Trudeau confiscation, which won’t allow owners to keep their prohibited guns. Global News didn’t say how much, or provide more details of which owners or firearms are being targeted.

Gun owners speculate Trudeau’s surrender order will aim at owners of rifles including the AR-15, SKS and Ruger Mini-14, and certain shotguns.

Gun Culture

Canada is home to 2.2 million men and women with a firearm licence, more than play golf or hockey.

Hunting and shooting are part of Canadian heritage, culture and tradition.

At Least 90,000 ‘Non-Restricted’

Canadian individuals, businesses and museums owned 112,538 rifles and 576 shotguns classified as “Restricted” or “Prohibited” as of April 30, suggesting at least about 90,000 of the 200,000 firearms the Liberals will seize are classified as “Non-restricted.”

Read: Canadian Individuals Own 66,262 AR-15 Rifles, RCMP Says

The legal labels are misleading because all firearm owners and all firearms in Canada are tightly restricted by criminal law.

Read: Canadian Gun Licences and Handgun Owners Rise to New Records

Permission or Prison

Anyone who buys, sells, owns or travels with any firearm without police permission is committing a crime that leads to prison.

Trudeau is also about to formally pass Bill C-71 as a new law against firearm owners and gun stores. It will prohibit and eventually confiscate “Non-restricted” rifles from more than 10,000 families after the registered owner dies.