Liberals+RCMP Hoped to Test Their Mass Gun Confiscations on P.E.I. in December, Briefing Says

9 Jan 2023

TheGunBlog.ca — Canada’s governing Liberals and the RCMP hoped to use gun owners in Prince Edward Island as guinea pigs to test their confiscation tactics before going national, according to a government briefing made public two weeks ago.

Highlights

  • Beginning in December 2022, “Prince Edward Island (PE) will be used as a pilot and will be the first point of collection based on the smaller number of firearms.”
  • “As a result, lessons learned, gaps analysis and risk assessment would inform the phase 2 national roll-out” planned for spring 2023.
  • The crackdown was to be “primarily led by Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).”
  • Industry showed “very limited interest” in participating in the Liberal+RCMP attacks.

Source

Why It Matters

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mass gun confiscations targeting government-licensed owners are on track to fail.
  • The latest government memo shows he has no idea how to execute his assaults, and keeps missing his own deadlines.
  • Trudeau’s crackdowns face massive and growing opposition from the public, provinces and police. He also faces political, financial and logistical obstacles.

P.E.I. In Context

  • Prince Edward Island has the lowest percentage of gun owners of any Canadian province or territory.
  • The island had 6,444 men and women with a federal firearm Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) in 2020.
  • Confiscation tactics that work against the island’s gun owners may fail elsewhere.

RCMP Declines to Comment

Robin Percival, a spokesperson for the Ottawa-based RCMP, referred questions from TheGunBlog.ca to the Department of Public Safety, which is overseeing the political attacks.

Blacklock’s Reporter reported on the ministerial memo earlier today.

Read the Public Services minister’s briefing below.

  • Note: Liberals use the misleading phrase “buyback” to refer to their confiscations.
  • Bold added by TheGunBlog.ca.

“Public Safety Canada’s Buyback Program”

Overview

The Government of Canada committed to implementing a mandatory buyback program so that the assault-style firearms that became prohibited on May 1, 2020 are safely removed from our communities. Public Services and Procurement Canada’s role is to provide procurement services to Public Safety Canada (PS) to support their implementation of the buyback program.

Mandate

As of May 1, 2020, the Government of Canada has prohibited over 1,500 models of assault-style firearms (ASFs) and certain components of some newly-prohibited firearms. New maximum thresholds for muzzle energy and bore diameter are also in place. Any firearm that exceeds these is now prohibited. A Criminal Code amnesty period is currently in effect to October 30, 2023. The amnesty is designed to protect individuals or businesses who, at the time the prohibition came into force, were in lawful possession of a newly prohibited firearm from criminal liability while they take steps to comply with the law.

The primary intent of the buyback program would be to safely buyback these now prohibited firearms from society, while offering fair compensation to businesses and lawful owners impacted by the prohibition. PSPC is currently examining options for implementation of the buyback program, including the potential of contracting out specific activities.

Key activities

The program approach currently being considered by PS senior management envisages 2 phases, with a pilot in the first phase that would inform the national roll-out of the program:

  • phase 1: commence in December 2022 and conclude at the end of the amnesty period. Primarily led by Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) with support from PS and other government departments. Prince Edward Island (PE) will be used as a pilot and will be the first point of collection based on the smaller number of firearms. As a result, lessons learned, gaps analysis and risk assessment would inform the phase 2 national roll-out
  • phase 2: national roll-out is planned for spring 2023 once an information management/information technology (IM/IT) case management system is in place. It will be implemented in collaboration with other government departments, provincial, municipal and territorial governments and potential Industry partners

Public Services and Procurement posted a request for information on July 14, 2022 seeking feedback from industry on potential capacities to support delivery of the buyback program. It closed on August 31, 2022 and with very limited interest from the industry.

Partners and stakeholders

The program owner is Public Safety Canada. They are responsible for the buyback planning and oversight.

Public Services and Procurement Canada has been supporting PS with the buyback program since August 2021 supporting the development of procurement strategies for the delivery of the various potential requirements such as:

  • collection and transportation
  • professional services
  • tracking
  • storage solutions
  • package inspection
  • destruction
  • post-destruction recycling

Shared Services Canada will assist with procurement of information technology (IT) solutions and other required IT support, based on its mandate.

The RCMP will start collection of ASFs in December 2022. They are also supporting the buyback program by providing a high level process map or written description of the programmatic phases.

Employment and Social Development Canada may support the buyback program with call-centres and payment solutions for the compensation.

Provincial, municipal and territorial governments are also being engaged to support the implementation and program delivery.

Key considerations

The prohibition applies to all current and future firearm variants that meet the criteria—now, over 1,800 firearms. These firearms can no longer be legally used, sold, or imported.

Currently owners have the option to dispose of their firearm by surrendering it to police, deactivating through an approved business or exporting the firearm with a valid export permit, all without government compensation. The buyback program aims to offer fair compensation to affected owners and businesses.

Work at the officials level is ongoing to develop, design and engage on the program. This includes public consultations on the government’s price list, which was posted on July 28, 2022 on Public Safety’s website and would be used to establish compensation levels for affected firearms.

Source: Public Services and Procurement Canada, 2022 Minister’s Transition Book


Related

Correction (10 January)

  • Corrects quotation on “very limited interest” by industry.

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