CSSA Files Lawsuit Against Trudeau’s Mass Handgun Confiscations

TheGunBlog.ca — The Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) said today it filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mass handgun confiscations targeting government-licensed owners.

Trudeau’s arbitrary seizures and refusal to compensate his victims violates the constitution and oversteps federal jurisdiction, the CSSA said in a statement, quoting Executive Director Tony Bernardo.

CSSA filed the legal challenge on November 17, Bernardo told TheGunBlog.ca.

The CSSA’s lawyer is Edward Burlew.


  • Trudeau arbitrarily ordered the seizure of all lawfully owned pistols and revolvers from Canada’s roughly 300,000 licensed handgun owners after we die.
  • His crackdown took effect a month ago today.
  • It instantly wiped out more than $1 billion in personal and family wealth, as the market value of our handguns and related gear dropped to zero.
  • Trudeau’s attack on handgunners is his Liberal Party’s latest legislative and regulatory assault against honest citizens. The Liberals are working to weaken individuals, destroy the firearm industry, and kill shooting sports.

CSSA Quotations

Source: Canadian Shooting Sports Association

“The Supreme Court is clear on the issue of property confiscation,” said Tony Bernardo. “Compensation must be paid when government confiscates the lawfully acquired  property of private citizens, and this government is attempting to circumvent the Criminal Code and longstanding Supreme Court precedent.”

“The Trudeau government attempts to trample on provincial jurisdiction in order to avoid paying compensation to handgun owners. They rendered handguns valueless by freezing the lawful handgun market, then state the only legal recourse is to surrender this property to the government – a clear violation of the laws of succession and vesting of property upon death to a beneficiary.”

Through their attempts to bypass Parliament, the Trudeau government violated Sections 7 and 8 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Constitution Acts, 1867-1982 consolidated, the Firearms Act SC and provincial jurisdiction through the laws of succession and vesting of property upon death to a beneficiary.

”We will hold the Trudeau Liberal government to account in an impartial court of law for its blatant disregard for the civil rights of ordinary Canadians, its contempt for provincial jurisdiction, its ministerial overreach, and its repeated violation of the Firearms Act and its supremacy in law,” said Tony Bernardo.

—Canadian Shooting Sports Association, Statement, 21 November 2022

Federal Court Filing PDF

Source: Canadian Shooting Sports Association


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