Alberta Chief Firearms Officer Urges Mendicino to Abandon Bill C-71’s New Prohibitions — Alberta’s Chief Firearms Officer urged the federal government to delay or abandon its Bill C-71 prohibitions against government-licensed gun users set to start tomorrow, citing “intense concerns.”


“In view of the magnitude of these changes, I call on you to immediately announce a moratorium on their introduction for at least one year to allow for an intensive period of consultation to help refine these processes or, preferably, abandon the entire project,” Alberta CFO Teri Bryant said in a letter dated today to Marco Mendicino, the federal minister overseeing the regulatory attacks.

Why It Matters

  • The surprise coming into force of the new prohibitions on May 18, reported by on May 05, marks Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s latest effort to cripple the firearm industry, eliminate personal gun ownership, and kill gun culture.
  • Even before tomorrow’s start date, the threat of new criminal charges has led gun shows to be canceled. For many people, the impossibility to comply with the new prohibitions will lead transactions to be canceled, or to be completed unlawfully. (Thankfully, the new prohibitions are almost impossible to enforce.)
  • Bryant is one of Canada’s most-authoritative defenders of honest gun users and businesses against Trudeau’s crackdowns. To the best of our knowledge, she is the only Chief Firearms Officer to publicly oppose his latest attacks.

More Context

  • Trudeau’s governing Liberal Party passed Bill C-71 into law in 2019. He’s preparing more mass criminalizations and confiscations to suppress firearm users.
  • The May 18 prohibitions invent new potential crimes for any government-licensed person who buys, sells or gives away any so-called “Non-Restricted” rifle or shotgun. It also invents new crimes for gun stores.
  • Canada is home to 2.2 million men and women with a federal firearm Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL). About 6,000 of them buy and sell firearms every day (3,000 buyers and 3,000 sellers).

Shandro: ‘Misguided Policy’

“Once again, the federal government is misplacing the burden of public safety on law-abiding firearms owners and retailers with this misguided policy,” Alberta Minister of Justice Tyler Shandro said in a statement today. “I am glad we created the chief firearms office to advocate for common-sense firearms legislation that avoids wrapping up simple transactions in red tape.”

Bryant’s Letter to Mendicino