Liberal Gun Bans
“We’re taking the strongest step in Canadian history to move forward on tougher gun legislation.”
—Justin Trudeau, Liberal Party of Canada Candidate for Prime Minister, 01 October 2019 (Election Campaign Speech)
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his governing Liberal Party have ordered one of the biggest crackdowns against honest citizens by any democracy in history.
Mass Confiscation. On 01 May 2020, with the complicity of the civil service and federal police, Trudeau threatened criminal charges leading to jail unless lawful men and women surrender their suddenly prohibited guns within two years. He struck in the middle of the day with immediate effect. No warning, no phase in.
Abuse of Power. The prohibition-confiscation order was an abuse of power that violated fundamental principles of justice.
Wrong Target: Trudeau is targeting safe and responsible people among the 2.2 million men and women with a federal firearm Possession and Acquisition Licence, and 2,400 federally licensed stores and businesses.
Bad Result: The restrictions, prohibitions and confiscations will weaken private gun ownership, cripple the firearm industry and kill modern shooting sports.
- Offer no benefits or advantages
- Are being ordered by executive decree with immediate and retroactive effect
- Target only federally licensed firearm users and business
- Threaten honest men and women with criminal charges leading to jail
- Are forcing businesses, shooting clubs and target ranges to close
- Are terminating athletic careers and sporting disciplines
- Will cost taxpayers billions of dollars to activate, execute and enforce.
How did we get here? How Quiet Gun Owners Become Former Gun Owners
You may also like: Canada Gun Facts & Stats
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Liberal Plans to Restrict, Prohibit, Confiscate
- National gun prohibition-confiscation, partial (mostly rifles and possibly shotguns) (01 May 2020)
- New system to trace guns to owners (Effective 01 Dec 2020)
- Force stores to register all gun buyers (Bill C-71, 2019)
- Create “connections registry” of gun owners (Bill C-71, 2019)
- Municipal handgun confiscations (See below)
- New firearm-classification law to ‘quickly’ ban new guns
- New restrictions/prohibitions on home gun ownership, e.g., remote storage?
- New restrictions on ammunition magazines
- New restrictions on ammunition imports (See below)
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Confiscation Order — 01 May 2020
- Order in Council of 01 May 2020, with immediate effect
- Criminalize targeted owners immediately with a two-year “amnesty” (Stay Out of Jail card)
- Amnesty expires on 30 April 2022
- Re-classify an unknown number of “Non-restricted” rifles and carbines plus 105,000 “Restricted” models as “Prohibited”
- Turn guns into “safe queens” until confiscation
- Original estimate was 250,000 firearms
- Order forced surrender by 30 April 2022, with a plan (not in the regulations) of two options:
- Fast Confiscation With Compensation: Surrender firearms to police by 30 April 2022. The Liberals plan to pay the victims, calling it a “buyback.”
- Slow Confiscation Without Compensation: The Liberals plan to let owners keep newly banned guns locked at home as “safe queens” for confiscation at death, what they call “grandfathering.”
- Note: Neither the compensation option nor the “grandfathering” without compensation option is mentioned in the prohibition order of May 1. The government said they are plans.
The Ban List
About 1,500 models of rifles and carbines, including:
- AR-15, M4, M16
- BCL 102
- Beretta Cx4 Storm
- CSA Vz. 58
- CZ Scorpion EVO 3
- CZ 858
- Heckler & Koch MR223
- Heckler & Koch MR308
- Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22
- Robinson Armament XCR
- Ruger Mini-14
- SIG Sauer MCX
- SIG Sauer MPX
- Springfield Armory M14, M1A
- Swiss Arms SG-550, SG-551
- All firearms “capable of” more than 10,000 Joules of muzzle energy (e.g., .50 BMG, .460 Weatherby Magnum, .375 CheyTac, …)
- All firearms “with a bore diameter of 20 mm or greater”
Source: Canada Gazette, SOR/2020-96, 01 May 2020
Specific Models Not Listed
- Benelli R1
- IWI Tavor, X95, Tavor 7
- Norinco Type 97
- Poly Technologies Type 81
New Models May Be Added
There is also a risk that affected firearms owners may elect to replace their firearms with models unaffected by the ban, causing a market displacement. This risk may be mitigated by adding additional makes and models to the list of prohibited firearms in the future.
Source: Ministry of Public Safety, Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement, 01 May 2020
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Key Steps for Confiscation
- Order rifle prohibitions via Order In Council (Done 01 May 2020): Make it a crime to buy, sell, transfer, transport, import, export, … about 250,000 rifles currently owned by individuals and stores. Turns “Non-restricted” and “Restricted” guns into “Prohibited” safe queens.
- Request parliamentary budget approval to pay confiscation victims.
- Pass new legislation to pay confiscation victims. (May be included in Step 2.)
- Prepare, administer, execute, enforce (seize and destroy the rifles).
- Charge, prosecute or jail owners who don’t participate.
Key Details of Confiscation
- How Many. Unknown, but more than 125,000. CBC News quoted Minister Bill Blair on 20 Sept. 2019 as saying licensed owners have about 250,000 of the rifles he wants to confiscate.
- Who Owns Them. The rifles will be confiscated from people such as hunters, farmers, ranchers, plinkers, sport shooters, firearm collectors and businesses.
- Budget. CBC News quoted Blair as saying Sept. 20 the confiscation program will cost $400 million to $600 million. A Liberal staffer was quoted as telling iPolitics the government will offer to pay owners who surrender their rifles $250 million.
- This leaves out the expenses to prepare, plan, organize, administer and enforce the mass confiscations-incarcerations, likely to cost billions of dollars.
- Orders in Council
- Canada Gazette
- Ministry of Public Safety
- Prime Minister
- Ministry of Justice
Technical Briefing (English)Technical Briefing (EN)
Séance D’Information Technique (French)Technical Briefing (FR)
Violation of Ethics, Justice
In addition to being an unjustified attack against honest individuals and families, the confiscation order of 01 May 2020 violated fundamental principles of ethics, justice, the rule of law and parliamentary democracy:
- Legal certainty
- Regulatory predictability
- Procedural transparency
- Parliamentary scrutiny
House of Commons Petitions
Anyone of any age can sign if they are a citizen or resident of Canada. Kids, grandkids, etc. Canadians overseas, …
If all goes smoothly, the whole thing takes 1-2 min.
Sign in Three Steps
- Sign. Go to the petitions on the House of Commons website, click “Sign the Petition” near the bottom of the page, enter your details, and click “Sign.”
- Validate. Validate your e-mail address by clicking the link in the e-mail you get from the House of Commons. Check your Inbox and Spam/Junk.
- Confirm. The link should take you back to the House of Commons website where you should see this message: “Congratulations! You have completed the signature process for this petition.”
If you don't see the confirmation, your signature wasn't counted.
Double check your Inbox and Spam. Wait a while and try again.
- Share the petitions and the instructions with anyone who wants to save their guns, or help you save your guns.
Two Petitions at House of Commons
- On track to become No. 1 e-petition in House of Commons history.
- Conservative MP Michel Rempel (Alberta), Initiated by Jesse Faszer
- By Conservative MP Todd Doherty (B.C.), Initiated by Steve Hamilton
Extra Petition: Changes.org
- Leave legal firearms owners alone
- By Matt Iarose (Edmonton)
Associations Call for Bill Blair’s Removal
May 2020 Statements
- Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights
- Canadian Shooting Sports Association
- Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association
- National Firearms Association
Planned Legal Challenges
Date is when the plans were made public, or when they were shared with TheGunBlog.ca. Many people threaten lawsuits and never file them.
- 06 May 2020: Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights
- 07 May 2020: National Firearms Association (Français)
- 11 May 2020: The Shooting Edge (Alberta), Target Sports Canada (Ontario)
- 12 April 2020: Alberta Group (Not Public)
- 14 May 2020: Mark Carew (Ontario)
Police Begin Online Protest
Dishonesty & Disinformation
To advertise confiscation, the Liberals went on national television to accuse federally licensed firearm owners of being murderers and terrorists:
Today, we are closing the market for military-grade assault weapons in Canada.
These weapons were designed for one purpose, and one purpose only: to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time.
So, effective immediately, it is no longer permitted to buy, sell, transport, import, or use military-grade assault weapons in this country.
Source: Justin Trudeau, Media Briefing via CPAC TV on YouTube, 01 May 2020
Minister Bill Blair’s office told The Canadian Press in May 2019:
Assault-style rifles are military weapons designed to hunt people, and not animals, in the most efficient manner possible that maximizes the body count at minimum effort.
These weapons are for use in the battlefield, but too often they have been brought into our communities and used to target and kill law enforcement, women, members of the LGBTQ2S community, religious observers and children doing nothing more than attending class.
There is no option that will be discounted and all possibilities will be considered.
Source: Office of Minister Bill Blair, Quoted by The Canadian Press, 30 May 2019.
Against Handgun Owners: Municipal Confiscation
- Allow municipalities to expel handgun owners and stores, and/or confiscate their handguns, through new prohibitions and restrictions. (“Handgun ban”)
- More than 260,000 men and women are registered with the RCMP as owning at least one handgun.
Check out our page on Canada Gun Facts & Stats, the best and most-comprehensive information of its kind.
- 05 Dec 1995: Liberal Party Passes Firearms Act to Criminalize Gun Ownership
- 19 Oct 2015: Liberal Party Elected to Government
- 21 Jun 2019: Bill C-71 Is Now Law After Receiving Royal Assent, Will Ban Guns
- 28 Aug 2018: Trudeau Says to Study ‘Full Ban on Handguns and Assault Weapons’
- 09 May 2019: Trudeau Has ‘Secret Plan’ on ‘Sweeping Gun Ban,’ MP Clement Says
- 14 Jun 2019: Liberals Plan Gun Bans If Re-Elected, Blair Tells Globe and Mail
- 18 Jun 2019: Trudeau Gun Ban Targets 200,000 Long Guns: Global News
- 20 Sep 2019: Trudeau Promises Mass Gun Bans, Confiscations in Election 2019
- 21 Oct 2019: Liberal Party Elected to Government
- 13 Dec 2019: Trudeau Tells Blair to Pass New Laws for Mass Gun Confiscations
- 01 May 2020: Trudeau Orders Immediate Gun Prohibitions, Promises ‘Grandfathering’
Trudeau Mandate Letter to Blair
I will expect you to work with your colleagues and through established legislative, regulatory and Cabinet processes to deliver on your top priorities. In particular, you will:
- With support from the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, implement our firearms policy commitments, including to:
- Amend Canada’s firearms laws to ban all military-style assault rifles, with an associated buyback program and two-year amnesty;
- Work with provinces and territories to give municipalities the ability to further restrict or ban handguns;
- Update firearms licence requirements for ammunition imports, strengthen safe-storage laws, develop a mechanism for suspending licences for those who pose a danger to themselves or others, continue to build a national system that allows for the flagging of bulk purchases of firearms, impose stronger penalties for gun smuggling, provide the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) with additional resources to detect and stop gun smuggling, and work to limit by regulation the glorification of violence in firearms marketing and sales; and
- Continue to protect the rights of hunters and farmers. There will not be a return of the long-gun registry.
Source: Trudeau Mandate Letter to Blair, Published 13 Dec. 2019
- Trudeau’s confiscations target hundreds of thousands of individuals and families among the 2.2 million men and women with a federal firearm Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) authorized by the federal police (RCMP).
- Everyone is banned already from buying, selling or having any gun unless they have a licence authorized by the federal police.
- None of the new bans target violent offenders or gangs who obtain or use firearms illegally.
No Legitimacy, No Enforcement, No Compliance
Any move against lawful Canadian families will face challenges and likely fail.
- Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario are among provinces that oppose bans and support hunters and sport shooters.
- Police leaders across the country oppose gun bans.
- Legal specialists question the constitutionality of handing federal powers to municipalities.
- Canada’s gun laws are complex, confusing and controversial. New restrictions have historically resulted in low compliance (e.g. the PAL system), often because the restrictions didn’t serve any purpose or people didn’t know about them or how to comply, or didn’t want to.
- The government hasn’t said how it will finance the billions of dollars in administrative, legal, police, court and prison costs to set up, process and enforce any bans.
What level of voluntary compliance would you expect if Justin Trudeau wins Election 2019 and orders mass gun confiscation against hundreds of thousands of federally licensed hunters, farmers, ranchers, plinkers, competitors, firearm collectors, etc.?#TheGunBlogPoll#elxn43
— TheGunBlog (@TheGunBlog) October 18, 2019
- 2019 Dec 13: Trudeau Tells Blair to Pass New Laws for Mass Gun Confiscations
- 2019 Sep 20: Trudeau Promises Mass Gun Bans, Confiscations in Election 2019
- All our ban coverage
- 2018 Sep 21: Handgun, Semi-Auto Ban Could Wipe Out $2 Billion From Gun Owners
- 2018 Aug 21: The Scary Part Isn’t a Gun Ban, It’s That Our Leaders Want One
- CSSA – Canadian Shooting Sports Association
- Canada’s Firearm Licence Revocation System (06 Jan 2020)
- What Do Canada’s Police Have to Say About Gun Bans? (Updated Regularly)
Against All PAL/RPAL Holders
- New restrictions and prohibitions on home gun possession. (Trudeau instructed Blair to “strengthen safe-storage laws.”)
- Could affect every individual or family with guns among the 2.2 million licence holders.
Sources of Data and Information
- Official government documents
- Trudeau’s mandate letter to Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair
- Liberal campaign plan
- Statements by Trudeau and Blair covered by the media
- Government statements to TheGunBlog.ca
- Independent research and estimates by TheGunBlog.ca
Liberal Election 2019 Platform
Measures against PAL holders
Liberal Party Backgrounder (Election 2019)2019-backgrounder-guns-ENG-1