Bill C-71

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How Does Bill C-71 Hurt Gun Owners?

Strangles lawful, legitimate, licensed people with more red tape that will do nothing to stop violent criminals. It goes after the proven good guys, instead of the proven bad guys.

In Short

Bill C-71 creates new ways to:

  • Refuse or revoke your gun licence (PAL)
  • Prohibit your guns via delayed confiscation
  • Track who you contact to buy, sell or give away guns (connections registry)
  • Force stores to register you and your guns (gun registry)
  • Stop you from transporting your guns

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 owners of newly prohibited firearms into instant criminals facing 10 years in prison unless you comply with new ownership requirements. In many cases, as in the 10,000 to 15,000 owners of CZ 858 and SAN Swiss Arms rifles, you won’t be notified ahead of time.
  • Confiscation: When the government or federal police prohibit 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 open catch-all category of gun owners who could request delayed confiscation if their guns are prohibited. 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. Wanted to borrow your dad’s shotgun or a buddy’s rifle for the day? Good luck.
  • 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. 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 shopping 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 PAL = No Guns.
  • Paperwork and Penalties for Violent Criminals: Zero.
Confiscating Isn't Grandfathering

What Can You Do Right Now in 1-5 Minutes?

  • Call your Member of Parliament (Use the script in the card at the top). (1 min)
  • Call Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale (Use the script in the card at the top). (1 min)
  • Write a 1-paragraph e-mail to your Member of Parliament. (5 min)
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  • Use 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)

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. (They promised to strip away gun rights 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 gun rights and help them get elected. Got a car or a phone? They need you. Can you smile, write or count? They need you. Alberta and Ontario have elections in the next few months.
  • Join your favourite firearm association or renew your membership right now.
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Where Can You Get More Info?

What Do the Firearm Associations Say?

Where Can You Find Official Info?

Ralph Goodale Phone Call Friday Bill C-71

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