Liberal Gun Bans

Welcome to the leading source of info, intel and insight on the Liberal Party of Canada’s mass criminalizations and confiscations targeting government-licensed firearm owners, users and businesses … and a leading force working to stop them.

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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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  • Overview of Liberal Party of Canada’s efforts to suppress gun owners and businesses
  • Overview of the massive and growing opposition to stop them
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Immediate Threat: Expanded Rifle and Shotgun Confiscations

  • The Liberals are working to prohibit and confiscate all rifles and shotguns with these three qualities:
    • centre-fire
    • semi-auto
    • mag-fed (detachable mags)
  • They are drafting regulations to order the confiscations by an executive decree known as an “order in council” (OiC).
  • Initially, they had planned to require the confiscations via Bill C-21 Amendment G-4 (g), which proposed to expand the definition of “Prohibited” firearm to the following:
    • “a firearm that is a rifle or shotgun, that is capable of discharging centre-fire ammunition in a semi-automatic manner and that is designed to accept a detachable cartridge magazine with a capacity greater than five cartridges of the type for which the firearm was originally designed,”
    • Although the draft amendment was abandoned in February 2023, it shows what the Liberals intend.
  • More Info: Bill C-21: Liberals Plan New Amendment With Definition of Guns to Confiscate

Policy Summary Table

  • See TheGunBlog.ca’s Policy Summary Table of Liberal+RCMP Plans to Further Suppress Government-Licensed Gun Users (PAL Holders) and Businesses
  • The table isn’t pretty, but it shows what the Liberals have said they’re working on.

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Overview — Key Points

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ordered one of the biggest crackdowns against honest citizens by any democracy in history. He’s preparing more.

Mass Criminalizations. On 01 May 2020, after working in secret with the government agency that oversees gun licensing, Trudeau instantly made it a crime for federally licensed firearm users to buy, sell, transport, import, export or use many of our rifles and shotguns.

Mass Confiscations. He ordered licensed owners to surrender our suddenly blacklisted gear by 30 April 2022 to avoid jail. He struck in the middle of the day without warning and with retroactive effect. (His plan failed. On 16 March 2022, he extended his deadline to 30 October 2023. We expect his plan to fail again.)

Abuse of Power. The surprise criminalizations-confiscations are an unprecedented abuse of power and regulatory authority. They violate fundamental principles of ethics, justice, governance and the rule of law. The executive decrees were published as two Orders in Council (OICs) by Trudeau’s cabinet, without the knowledge of parliament.

Targeted Crackdown. Trudeau is specifically targeting safe and responsible men and women among the 2.2 million holders of a federal firearm Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL), and 2,400 federally licensed firearm stores and businesses.

Regulatory Attack. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police – Canadian Firearms Program, which oversees the licensing regime, worked in secret with Trudeau’s staff to assist the mass criminalizations-confiscations. They invented the unheard of and unprecedented tactic of “nullifying” firearm-registration certificates.

Weaken Personal Firearm Ownership. In addition to attacking individual rights and the institutions of democracy, the Liberal Party of Canada plans more measures to weaken citizens, cripple the firearm industry and kill modern shooting sports.

Massive and Growing Opposition. Seven individuals and groups have filed challenges in Federal Court to block the attacks. About 150 applied to provincial courts. More than 230,000 concerned citizens signed the No. 1 e-petition in House of Commons history. Provinces are kicking out federally appointed Chief Firearms Officers and hiring their own people to fight the Liberals.

Guaranteed Failure. Although the 01 May 2020 criminalizations are severely disrupting the shooting community, forcing many businesses to close, and costing hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight in court, the plan will fail.

  • Trudeau has no idea how to execute his confiscation fantasy.
  • His plan is widely opposed by provincial premiers, the police and the public.
  • The government lacks the billions of dollars to pay for it.
  • Police, many of whom own personal firearms, don’t want to seize guns from each other or from their families, friends and neighbours.
  • The targeted owners don’t intend to participate.
  • December 2021: Almost 100% of Gun Owners Have So Far Rejected Trudeau’s Confiscations, iPolitics Reports

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Trudeau Will Fail Under Massive and Growing Opposition

Trudeau’s attacks against government-licensed firearm owners will fail.

  • Hundreds of thousands of men and women targeted by the crackdowns intend to keep our gear.
  • Trudeau has no idea how to overcome the massive resistance from the public, provinces, police, and his own party, as well as major political, financial and logistical obstacles.
  • He keeps missing his own deadlines.

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Violations of Ethics, Justice, Governance

In addition to being an unjustified attack against honest individuals and families, the confiscation order of 01 May 2020 violates fundamental principles of ethics, justice, the rule of law, and parliamentary democracy:

  • Arbitrary. The confiscation order turns honest, lawful individuals into potential criminals out of the blue.
  • Vague. The confiscation order has left hundreds of thousands of people unsure if they are committing a criminal offence, and they have no way of finding out.
  • Sweeping. The confiscation order cracks down on millions of individuals without legitimate reason.
  • Immoral. The confiscation order punishes individuals and businesses who have done nothing immoral or harmful. It forces them to take immediate action to avoid criminal charges or jail.
  • Unjust. The confiscation order punishes individuals and businesses who were in full compliance with the law.
  • Sudden. The confiscation order came in the middle of the day without warning.
  • Retroactive. The confiscation order is deemed to have taken effect before it was even published.
  • Contempt of Parliament. Bypasses parliamentary scrutiny and oversight put forth in the Constitution.
  • Violates Basic Policy Principles
    • Legal certainty
    • Regulatory clarity, stability and predictability
    • Procedural transparency
    • Non-retroactivity

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Opting Out

  • TheGunBlog.ca isn’t aware of anyone who intends to participate in the forced surrender.
    • Many people have said they would rather be arrested than surrender their firearms.
    • Some people have said they will neither surrender their gear nor allow themselves to be arrested.
  • They believe the confiscation order will be practically impossible to enforce given the costs, broad opposition among police to enforce it, and massive opposition by targeted gun owners.

Dishonesty & Disinformation

Justin Trudeau

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

Bill Blair

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.



Timeline of Key Dates in Liberal Gun Bans

1995

  • 05 Dec 1995: Liberal Party Passes Firearms Act to Simplify Gun Confiscation
    • Criminalizes personal gun ownership without government approval
    • Allows cabinet to arbitrarily and unilaterally prohibit and confiscate any gun, any time

2015

  • 19 Oct 2015: Liberal Party Elected to Government

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

2023