Bill C-71

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What Is Bill C-71?

  • Bill C-71 is the Canadian government’s new law against federally licensed gun owners and businesses, including:
    • Hunters
    • Farmers
    • Ranchers
    • Sport shooters
    • Firearm collectors
  • It is aimed at the 2.2 million men and women with a firearm Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) authorized by the federal police (RCMP), and at the firearm industry.
  • It will directly affect everyone who buys or sells any firearm, or about 6,000 PAL holders every day, seven days a week.

Read: Canadian Gun Licences and Handgun Owners Rise to New Records

  • Bill C-71 Overview
    • Bans “Non-restricted” rifles owned by more than 10,000 families, making them “Prohibited” and forcing their confiscation after the registered owner dies.
    • Makes it easier for the government and federal police to ban more guns from PAL holders.
    • Invents new crimes when safe and responsible PAL holders buy, sell, own or travel with firearms.
    • Invents new crimes for gun stores.

25 May: Gun Ban Concern Rises to Record in Google Canada Searches

Bill C-71

Massive Opposition

  • Bill C-71 is opposed by:
    • Shooting Federation of Canada, the government-recognized sport body (SFC)
    • All three national shooting associations (CCFR, CSSA, NFA)
    • The national firearm-industry association (CSAAA)
    • Major provincial hunting associations (OFAH, BCWF, …)
    • Conservative Party of Canada
    • Doctors
    • Hundreds of thousands of individuals
  • is one of the strongest voices for Canadian gun owners.
    • We have led coverage of Bill C-71 for gun owners.
    • We are leading the fight to repeal Bill C-71.
    • We co-wrote The Bill C-71 Book with the Canadian Shooting Sports Association.


Bill C-71 Legal Status

  • Bill C-71 began taking effect on 21 June 2019. Most parts come into force later.

Read: Bill C-71 Is Now Law After Receiving Royal Assent, Will Ban Guns

Buy The Bill C-71 Book

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  • Best overview in plain English of Bill C-71 in context
  • Quoted or mentioned by MPs and Senators in the House of Commons and Senate
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  • Title: The Bill C-71 Book: What It Means, How It Hurts You, and 3 Easy Steps You Can Take Right Now to Block It
  • Co-produced by and the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA)
  • Foreword by Garry Breitkreuz
  • 100 pages

Table of Contents (Summary)

  • Front Section …………………………………………………… 3
  • 1. First Principles …………………………………………….. 17
  • 2. Bill C-71 Key Points ……………………………………… 21
  • 3. RCMP Firearm Classification 101 …………………. 37
  • 4. The Misinformation Campaign ……………………. 41
  • 5. How to Stop Bill C-71 …………………………………… 53
  • 6. Weekly Easy Action Steps …………………………… 65
  • 7. If You Want to Do More, Then Do More ………. 71
  • 8. Think Bill C-71 Is a Done Deal? Think Again … 77
  • 9. Conclusion: Do You Value Your Guns? ……….. 79
  • Appendixes …………………………………………………….. 81

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Bill C-71 Legal Context

  • Bill C-71 is complex, confusing, technical and intricately woven into the fabric of Canada’s convoluted legislative framework on firearm ownership and use, in particular the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code.
  • isn’t a legal expert and doesn’t offer legal advice.
  • aims to explain the new law in plain language for gun owners.
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Bill C-71: The Nitty Gritty

Simplifies New Gun Bans

  • Bill C-71 makes it easy for the government to ban any type of firearm.
  • Cabinet will be able to:
    • Order reclassification of any firearm as “Prohibited” while allowing the owner to retain possession if they get new authorizations.
    • Revoke Authorization To Transport (ATTs will be at the discretion of provincial Chief Firearms Officers).
    • Seize and destroy the firearm after the owner dies if it hasn’t been surrendered or disposed of.
  • The owner cannot pass on “Prohibited” guns to family or friends while they are alive or after they die. The wealth invested in the guns and gear goes to zero.
  • The Bill C-71 Book explains how the new law simplifies bans by creating a new Section 12(9) in the Firearms Act. Section 12(9) allows delayed gun confiscation that is promoted as “grandfathering.”

Read: Bill C-71 Gun Bans May Create ‘Safe Queens’ By Revoking ATTs


Prohibition & Confiscation

  • Bill C-71 starts by prohibiting and eventually confiscating CZ 858 and SAN Swiss Arms rifles from more than 10,000 families after the registered owner dies.

Read: RCMP Says Number of CZ 858, Swiss Arms Rifles in Canada Unknown

  • Almost all of the rifles are legally classified as “Non-restricted.”
  • Some of the rifles cost more than $4,000 and are used for hunting or for predator/pest control by farmers and ranchers.
  • The owners can go to jail unless they get new police authorizations.
  • The law applies retroactively, meaning you could go to jail for something that was legal when you did it.
  • The government hasn’t said how it will inform owners about the new law.

Read: Handgun, Semi-Auto Ban Could Wipe Out $2 Billion From Gun Owners


No RCMP Oversight

  • Bill C-71 gives the RCMP greater leeway to prohibit firearms by removing the government’s ability to easily un-prohibit firearms, fuelling concern of more bans and of police overreach.


People Registration

  • Bill C-71 makes it a crime to buy, sell or give away any gun without a special authorization and reference number from the RCMP Registrar of Firearms for each potential or actual transaction.
  • This will now apply to transfers of so-called “Non-restricted” rifles and shotguns. It already applies to transfers of “Restricted” firearms.
  • If a parent with PAL gives a shotgun or rifle to a spouse, friend or adult child with a PAL without special permission from the RCMP, the giver and receiver are guilty of a crime under Bill C-71.
  • Canadian PAL holders buy and sell (or give and receive) an estimated 3,000 new and used guns each day. Almost all of them are “Non-restricted.” Since each transfer involves two people, roughly 6,000 PAL holders will be directly affected by Bill C-71 every day, seven days a week.


Connections Registry

  • The federal police already know who has a PAL. Bill C-71 creates a new connections registry of PAL holders who are in contact with each other, in what critics see as a violation of privacy.
  • You must get RCMP permission to sell any rifle or shotgun by telling them your PAL number and the buyer’s PAL number, even if you never complete the sale.

Read: Bill C-71 Creates PAL Holder ‘Connections Registry’ on Transfers


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Gun Registry

  • Bill C-71 forces gun stores to keep detailed transaction records on every firearm buyer and every gun they purchase for 20 years.
  • This will increase costs that will be passed on to customers.
  • It makes a great hit list for thieves if the registry is stolen or hacked.


PAL Refusal and Revocation

  • Bill C-71 forces background checks to go from five years to your whole life.
  • More people applying for a new gun licence or a renewal could be rejected, and some will decide to not renew rather than disclose private info from long ago.
  • No More PAL = No More Guns


New Restrictions for Violent Criminals

  • Zero.


Confiscating Isn't Grandfathering


Bill C-71 Political Context


Gun Control Untapped Opportunity


Bill C-71 Opposition

Massive Grassroots Opposition


Every Hunting and Shooting Association Opposes Bill C-71

  • Shooting Federation of Canada (SFC)
  • Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights (CCFR)
  • Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA)
  • National Firearms Association (NFA)
  • Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH)
  • British Columbia Wildlife Federation  (BCWF)


Industry Opposes Bill C-71

  • Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA)


Conservative Party of Canada Opposes Bill C-71

Doctors Oppose Bill C-71


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Bill C-71 Key Dates

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  • 20 Mar 2018: Government introduces Bill C-71 in House of Commons
  • 24 Sep 2018: House of Commons passes Bill C-71
  • 25 Sep 2018: Senate begins debate on Bill C-71
  • 28 May 2019: Senate passes Bill C-71
  • 21 June 2019: Bill C-71 receives Royal Assent to become law.

What You Can Do

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  • Invite people shooting to share your joy, write letters to the editor of newspapers, invite politicians and media to visit your club or range.

Read: How Quiet Gun Owners Become Former Gun Owners

  • Join your favourite gun-rights association, hunting association or renew your membership.
  • Buy The Bill C-71 Book. It has been quoted and mentioned by MPs and Senators in the House of Commons and the Senate.


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