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What Is Bill C-71?
- Draft legislation proposed by the government of Canada on March 20, 2018.
- Aimed at more than 2 million men and women with a federal firearm Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL).
- Would increase firearm confiscations, increase tracking of licence holders, and increase restrictions to get or keep a licence and to buy, sell or transport firearms.
- Introduced with no evidence of benefit, no evidence of need, no estimate of cost, and no plan to inform gun owners who would be affected directly.
- Government is promoting it as “legislation that prioritizes public safety and is practical for firearms owners.”
- Status: Awaiting third and final reading in House of Commons (expected in September 2018). If it passes, as expected, it will go for review to the Senate.
How Would Bill C-71 Hurt Gun Owners?
- Makes it harder to obtain and keep your gun licence (PAL).
- Bans rifles that have been sold in Canada for a decade and are owned by 10,000 – 15,000 people. Imprisons those owners if they don’t meet new ownership requirements, but includes no plan to inform the owners of the new requirements. Even if they fulfil the requirements, police will confiscate the firearms after the owners die.
- Tracks PAL holders who plan to buy, sell or give away guns, even if the transfer isn’t completed (connections registry).
- Requires stores to register you and your guns (gun registry).
- Removes government power to easily override incorrect or unjustified RCMP firearm classifications.
- Stops you from transporting your guns to and from airport, border, gunshow, gunsmith without special permission.
A Bit Longer
- Prohibition. Bill C-71 immediately reclassifies 10,000 to 15,000 legally bought and legally owned rifles as “Prohibited,” including some models that cost more than $4,000 and are used for hunting. Read: RCMP Counts 683 Registered CZ 858/SA Rifles, Reviewing C-71 Info
- Criminalization. Bill C-71 turns 10,000 to 15,000 owners of newly prohibited firearms into instant criminals facing 10 years in prison unless they comply with new ownership requirements. The government hasn’t outlined any plan to notify them.
- Confiscation: When the government prohibits your firearms, you might be allowed to keep them until you die, after which they must be turned in to police or confiscated. You cannot pass them on to family or friends.
- More Gun Bans. Bill C-71 is a warning that more gun bans are coming. It creates Section 12(9) in the Firearms Act, a new catch-all category for people who own guns that will be banned in future. The only reason to include Section 12(9) is to ban more guns.
- No Oversight. Bill C-71 gives the RCMP greater leeway to prohibit firearms by removing the government’s ability to easily un-prohibit firearms, fueling concern of more bans and of police overreach.
- Registration. Bill C-71 makes it a crime to buy, sell or give away any gun without an authorization and a reference number for each potential or actual transaction from the RCMP Registrar of Firearms.
- 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. You must get RCMP permission to sell a rifle or shotgun by telling them your PAL number and the buyer’s PAL number, even if you don’t complete the sale.
- No Transport: Bill C-71 immediately revokes Authorizations To Transport firearms, except from store to home and between home and target range. Gunshows, gunsmiths, border crossings and airports require special permission.
- Gun Registry, Costs: Bill C-71 forces gun stores to keep detailed transaction records on every firearm buyer and every firearm purchase for 20 years. This will increase costs that will be passed on to customers. It also makes a great hit list for thieves if the registry is stolen or hacked.
- PAL Refusal and Revocation. Bill C-71 expands background checks 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.
- Paperwork and Penalties for Violent Criminals: Zero.
- Call your Member of Parliament: “Hi, this is ___ ___ and I am one of your constituents. I’m calling to record my opposition to Bill C-71.” (Optional: Give 1-2 reasons.) (1 min)
- Call Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale’s constituency office in Regina at +1 (306) 585-2202: “Hi, this is ___ ___ from [City, Province]. I’m calling to record my opposition to Bill C-71.” (Optional: Give 1-2 reasons.). (1 min)
- Read about my call to Goodale and my MP here.
- Write a polite 1-paragraph e-mail to your Member of Parliament. (5 min)
- Use OneClearVoice.ca to easily e-mail your Member of Parliament. (1 min)
- Sign Petition E-1608 on the House of Commons website. (1 min)
- Sign Petition E-1605 on the House of Commons website. (1 min)
- Visit StopC71.com for more resources and ideas.
Looking Beyond Bill C-71
- Bill C-71 may pass easily because the Liberal Party has a majority in the House of Commons and strong support in the Senate. (The Liberals promised to strip away our rights and freedoms in the last election, and voters supported them.)
- We need to look beyond this bill to where we can act next.
- Contact local political candidates who support your rights and help them get elected. Got a car or a phone? They need you. Can you smile, write or count? They need you. Think of municipal, provincial and federal campaigns. It’s never too early to help out or get on their mailing list.
- Join your favourite firearm association or renew your membership right now.
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- Click here to see all our coverage on Bill C-71.
- Click here to see our most-popular articles on Bill C-71.
- New Gun Law: More Bans, More Police Powers, More Paperwork (20 March 2018)
- New Gun Law Is ‘Warning Sign’ of More Bans, Lawyer Runkle Says (20 March 2018)
- Government Says C-71 Could Grandfather Gun Owners After New Bans (23 March 2018)
- ‘Secret’ RCMP Files on Firearm Classification-Registration, 2010 (28 March 2018)
What Do the Firearm Associations Say?
- Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights
- C-71, Simplified Bill Analysis and Contentions (27 March 2018)
- Canadian Shooting Sports Association
- CSSA Talking Points: Bill C-71, The Firearm Owners Harassment Act: What You Can Do (25 March 2018)
- Bill C-71: Another Liberal Betrayal of Canadians (23 March 2018)
- National Firearms Association
- C-71 NFA Executive Summary and Analysis by Guy Lavergne (22 March 2018)
- Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association
Where Can You Find Government Info on Bill C-71?
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