TheGunBlog.ca — The Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association, the country’s main firearm-industry group, urged federally licensed gun users to buy any rifles and shotguns before Bill C-71’s new criminalizations start next week.
“CSAAA is strongly recommending that consumers interested in purchasing a non-restricted firearm do so before May 18th, 2022,” the association said today on Twitter.
“Retailers are expected to see a high volume of sales in the coming week, please be patient as they are doing their best to accommodate everyone,” CSAAA said in a follow-up tweet.
Why It Matters
As TheGunBlog.ca was first to report last week, the new prohibitions of Bill C-71 (2019) take effect on May 18:
- It will be a crime for you to buy, sell or give away any so-called “Non-Restricted” rifle or shotgun without first requesting and getting explicit permission for the transfer from the Registrar of Firearms at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police – Canadian Firearms Program.
- It will be a crime for gun stores to sell you any “Non-Restricted” rifle or shotgun unless they: (1) record your personal details, (2) record the details of your new gun, and (3) save the data for police for at least 20 years, in a serious privacy violation. (“Registry”)
- The new criminalizations target only government-licensed firearm users and businesses, including licensed parents who want to give firearms to their licensed children, and licensed spouses who want to give firearms to each other.
- The measures target any transfer of any “Non-Restricted” firearm, new or used.
- Update May 13: Some gun shows are being canceled over the impossibility of complying with the new measures. (In case you were unsure about the Liberals are killing gun culture.)
- CSAAA Update to Members
- Government Statement
- Government’s Bill C-71 Webpage Update
- RCMP Bill C-71 Webpage Update
- Canada Gazette, May 11: Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the Firearms Act: SOR/2022-91
- CSAAA urged gun users to get their shopping done after Marco Mendicino, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s minister in charge of suppressing government-licensed firearm users, outlined the new prohibitions at a media briefing today. The crackdowns stem from Bill C-71.
- Watch the video from CPAC on YouTube.
- Trudeau’s governing Liberal Party passed Bill C-71 into law in 2019 as he works to weaken citizens, cripple the firearm industry and eliminate personal gun ownership. He’s preparing new prohibitions and confiscations.
- The government’s made-up label of “Non-Restricted” firearm is misleading. All guns and all gun owners are severely restricted by criminal law.
- Canada is home to 2.2 million men and women with a federal firearm Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL). About 6,000 people buy and sell firearms every day (3,000 buyers and 3,000 sellers).
Ray of Light
- The new prohibitions on personal transfers are (almost) impossible to enforce.
- Stay smart.
- Stay free.