Election 2019

Canada’s governing Liberal Party is campaigning to execute the biggest round of gun confiscations or expulsions in the country’s history if they are re-elected in October 2019.

Owners will have to leave the country with their firearms or sell them abroad, surrender them to police, or face jail.

This makes Election 2019 the most-critical vote in a generation for PAL holders and businesses.

This web page highlights the Liberal plans against the millions of Canadian men, women and youth who hunt and shoot safely and responsibly.

Newest update of this page: 20 September 2019

Liberals Promise Sweeping Gun Bans

Justin Trudeau outlined his new attack plan against hunters, farmers, ranchers and sport shooters on 20 September 2019:

  • Force PAL holders to surrender AR-15 target rifles and “military-style assault weapons” for payment
  • Expel handgun owners and stores from cities
  • Restrict home gun ownership by PAL holders

Details: Trudeau Promises Mass Gun Bans, Confiscations in Election 2019

How to Vote in Election 2019

Vote Smart to Save Your Guns

  • Vote for the strongest non-Liberal party in your electoral district: Conservative, NDP or Bloc Québécois. We need to prevent a Liberal government.
  • Best Outcome: Conservative government. The Conservatives are the only party to consistently oppose criminalizing lawful firearm users and the only party besides the Liberals that has a chance to form government. But they have no chance of winning in some ridings. Voting Conservative in those ridings risks handing victory to the Liberals.
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Election 2019

Context & Background

Bill Blair

Bill Blair, the minister for confiscation, outlined the Liberal plans starting with an exclusive interview with The Globe and Mail published 14 June 2019. He also spoke to CBC on Sept. 17. See below for links to the main media reports.

1. Order Immediate Surrender of 200,000 Rifles/Shotguns

  • Order PAL holders to immediately surrender about 200,000 rifles and/or shotguns for destruction, in exchange for payment. No delayed confiscation advertised as “grandfathering.”
  • “The minister said there are roughly 200,000 so-called ‘assault-style’ firearms in Canada that he would like to ban.” — CBC International (See below)
  • “Assault-style” is a label made up by the Liberals.
  • It includes so-called “Non-restricted” firearms, probably also “Restricted” and/or “Prohibited.” (e.g. semi-auto AR-15 target rifles and more?)

2. Ban Gun Owners and Gun Stores From Cities

  • Create new laws for provinces and municipalities to ban firearm owners and gun stores.
  • Open the way to ban handgun owners.

3. Ban or Further Restrict Private Gun Ownership

  • Create new laws against people who keep guns at home, which is everyone.

“There are some weapons, quite frankly, in my opinion, that are so dangerous that there really is no place in a safe and civil society for them, and I think there are measures we can take to make those guns just generally unacceptable and inaccessible.”

—Bill Blair, via CBC International, 18 June 2019


Other Measures: Bill C-71

  • The planned measures are in addition to the prohibitions and restrictions in Bill C-71, a new law passed in June.
  • See our Bill C-71 page.


What We Don’t Know

  • Targets. Which PAL holders will the Liberals criminalize first? Will they target owners of “Restricted” and “Prohibited” rifles and shotguns (e.g. auto or semi-auto AR-15, FN-FAL, AK-47, HK91 …), or only people who own “Non-restricted” models (e.g. semi-auto SKS, Ruger Mini-14, IWI Tavor, Kel-Tec …)?
  • Tactics. How will the Liberals enforce their bans against honest men and women?
  • Timing. When will the Liberals begin their new assault on gun owners — the day they take office, or later?
  • Costs. How much will the Liberals offer for each gun? How will they compensate people for violating our dignity, the years invested in a passion or hobby or sport, the accessories that become worthless without the gun, or the sentimental or historical value of guns? How will the Liberals compensate the businesses they destroy and the people whose jobs they kill?


Untapped Opportunity



Options for Gun Owners

In Case of New Bans

Gun owners have two main options:

  1. Surrender
    • Stay and surrender your guns and your rights.
  2. Don’t Surrender
    • Leave with your guns and seek refuge in a city, province or country that respects you.
      • Many people have said they will seek asylum in the U.S.
    • Sell your guns in another country.
    • Many people have said they will stay and refuse to turn in their guns, knowing they could face serious criminal charges and jail.

Information Sources

Quotes From Media Reports Based on Comments by Minister Bill Blair


Daniel Leblanc and Patrick White, The Globe and Mail, 14 June 2019

  • “Mr. Blair said the government should not simply prohibit new sales of these weapons and allow current owners to keep them under a form of grandfathering. Instead, he said the Liberals will propose to buy them back.”
  • Blair: “‘In fairness to those individuals [who have already lawfully acquired these weapons], if we were going to prohibit them and remove them from society, we would want to consider the best way to compensate them for the forfeiture of those weapons,’ he said.”
  • “In addition to prohibiting some weapons, Mr. Blair said the Liberals will want to strengthen the rules on the safe and secure storage of firearms and make a series of changes to firearms laws.”
  • “He also opened the door to giving greater powers to provinces and municipalities to regulate the sale and use of firearms on their territories.”


Tonda MacCharles, The Toronto Star, 17 June 2019

  • “‘What I believe is that we can work with — and it would have to be done through the provinces — but work with the municipalities so that they may be able to effect additional regulation regarding storage,’ Blair said in an interview with the Star.”


The Canadian Press, 18 June 2019 (via Red Deer Advocate)

  • “He says the government is also open to working with municipalities to allow them to decide exactly where, or even if, firearms can be stored within their boundaries.”


Amanda Connolly, Global News, 18 June 2019

  • “‘It’s certainly my recommendation,’ he said when asked about whether the Liberals will ban assault weapons.”
  • “… the government will consider letting municipalities enact restrictions and potential bans of their own that go beyond the national safe-storage rules.”


Michael Leiser, CBC International, 18 June 2019

  • “The minister said there are roughly 200,000 so-called ‘assault-style’ firearms in Canada that he would like to ban.”
  • Blair: “There are some weapons, quite frankly, in my opinion, that are so dangerous that there really is no place in a safe and civil society for them, and I think there are measures we can take to make those guns just generally unacceptable and inaccessible.”

CBC: The Current, 17 September 2019

  • The Liberal Party is looking at “additional restrictions on where a firearm can be possessed or stored within a municipality,” Blair said in an interview.


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