TheGunBlog.ca — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s top priority for Minister Marco Mendicino in his so-called “mandate letter” published today is to further suppress government-licensed gun owners and destroy more of our gear.
- Continue restrictions of Bill C-71
- Pursue mass criminalizations and confiscations ordered on 01 May 2020
- Destroy “long-gun” ammo mags capable of holding more than 5 rounds by permanently sabotaging them (No mention of exemption for tube magazines in shotguns and lever-action rifles)
- Criminalize the country’s 330,000 handgun owners
- Expand so-called “red-flag” laws
The “Public Safety” Lie
- Trudeau and Mendicino frame their attacks as if they were promoting safety and stopping violent aggressors.
- In reality, almost all the restrictions outlined today specifically target the country’s safest demographic: the 2.2 million adults and 1,500 businesses with a government-issued gun licence.
- Trudeau is working to execute the crackdowns he promised in the September election campaign, confirming his Liberal Party as the most-hostile political force against honest firearm users.
Grassroots and Institutional Opposition
- Gun users oppose the crackdowns and intend to opt out.
- Alberta and Saskatchewan are among provinces that have passed laws and hired officials to stop the attacks.
- The RCMP labour union, Canada’s biggest police union, opposes the mass criminalizations and confiscations, the strongest police challenge to Trudeau’s plans.
Excerpt of Trudeau’s Mandate Letter to Mendicino
- Prime Minister’s Website: “Minister of Public Safety Mandate Letter”
- 16 December 2021
As Minister of Public Safety, you will prioritize efforts to keep cities and communities safe, notably by investing in crime prevention programming and implementing our firearms commitments. …
To realize these objectives, I ask that you achieve results for Canadians by delivering the following commitments.
- Continue to work to keep our cities and communities safe from gun violence by:
- Continuing implementation of C-71 regulations for firearms licence verification and business record-keeping;
- Making it mandatory for owners to sell banned assault weapons back to the government for destruction or have them rendered inoperable at the government’s expense;
- Requiring the permanent alteration of long-gun magazines so that they can never hold more than five rounds;
- Banning the sale or transfer of magazines capable of holding more than the legal number of bullets;
- Providing financial support to provinces and territories that implement a ban on handguns across their jurisdiction;
- Implementing the gang prevention and intervention program to provide direct funding to municipalities and Indigenous communities; and
- Working with the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada to introduce “Red flag” laws to allow the immediate removal of firearms if that person is a threat to themselves or others, particularly to their spouse or partner, and increasing maximum penalties for firearms trafficking and smuggling.