TheGunBlog.ca — Ekos Research Associates doesn’t only run opinion polls about gun bans, it also promotes gun bans.
The Canadian government postponed its Firearms Marking Regulations for the eighth time since they were adopted in 2004 amid confusion about how to enforce and obey the policy and concern about its effects.
This was the first deferral by a governing party that had campaigned on a plan to implement the rules “immediately.”
The Canadian government postponed new rules on importing guns to December 2018 from June 1 this year, Regina Gun Safety & Licensing said today, quoting the RCMP. A draft government document suggests a delay is in the works on the policies, which have already disrupted the gun industry.
Canada’s new rules affecting gun imports, the so-called Firearms Marking Regulations, are already hurting businesses, consumers and the economy, and the policies haven’t even taken effect.
Canada’s gun imports surged in the first quarter as companies stocked up to shield themselves from government import rules that take effect June 1 and threaten to hurl the industry into a crisis. The government said it’s planning an update soon.
Canada’s firearm industry is in turmoil over import-marking rules that start June 1, threatening gun shops, importers and consumers with surging prices, business closures and more than 5,000 job losses.
The Internet turns up conflicting opinions on whether it’s legal in Canada to store guns at a cottage, with a friend, or in a storage locker, so TheGunBlog.ca asked the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who administer the Canadian Firearms Program, and Pierre Plourde, a criminal-defence lawyer and gun-rights activist.
IRunGuns LLC triggered relief, rebuke and confusion after the Canada-U.S. gun dealer downplayed new UN firearms-marking rules, contradicting industry and shooters’ groups that said the measures will cripple or kill Canada’s gun industry.
The Arizona-based company may have spoken too soon.
The RCMP used to issue about 140,000 Authorizations To Transport (ATT) firearms each year to civilians who asked for permission to take their guns from the store to home, or from home to the target range, the gunsmith or the airport.
Most of them were for target practice and sports shooting, the RCMP said in a notice in the Canada Gazette dated Aug. 12, 2015. ATTs could be valid for as long as five years.
Anger and confusion are mounting among gun owners after the RCMP contradicted the government over a new law designed to simplify the transportation of firearms.
The whole idea of applying to the police for an Authorization to Transport (ATT) a firearm is absurd, confusing and wasteful to me, and to every gun enthusiast I’ve spoken with. When the subject comes up at the shooting range or the dinner table, we shake our heads and roll our eyes at the misguidedness of Canadian lawmakers.
The Canadian government said it will cut some of the red tape to transport firearms next month, following the passage of Bill C-42 last June.