Piggy-backing off a tragedy two weeks ago, Canada’s Prime Minister announced a ban on assault weapons today–effective immediately.
Trudeau said that the ban was in part due to the mass killings in Nova Scotia on April 18th and 19th. During the rampage, 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman killed 23 people. Trudeau omitted to mention that 9 of those people weren’t shot, but were burned to death in their homes.
Still, Trudeau and his liberal party have promised this sort of gun control bill for years. Wortman’s actions were just the incident they needed to pretend they’re doing it to save lives.
The ban will affect more than 1,500 models of firearms. It will include the two weapons that Wortman used, but also bans AR-15, a gun that has no connection to the event at all. You can check out the entire list of banned weapons here.
In the press conference held this morning, Trudeau acknowledged that many Canadians hunt, either for sport or for food. But for Trudeau and his elitist friends, that’s not enough reason to own a gun.
He countered those objections by saying, “You do not need an AR-15 to take down a deer. So, effective immediately, it is no longer permitted to buy, sell, transport, import or use military-grade, assault weapons in this country. As of today, the market for assault weapons in Canada is closed.”
Additionally, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said, “Enough is enough. Banning these firearms will save Canadian lives.”
Gone In The Blink Of An Eye
Canada’s legislative system is structured so that a law doesn’t have to start as a bill that works its way through legislature. Some laws can be made by the edict of the Cabinet. This was one of those bills. As such, Canadian voters had almost no chance to affect the process.
Trudeau said that there will be a two-year amnesty for gun owners to turn in their guns. The funding for those buybacks will have to be passed by a bill from the Parliament. Insiders say the bill will earmark $250 million dollars for the project.
In the meantime, guns can be sent out of the country, returned to the manufacturer, or turned into local police.
Sanctions For Noncompliance
If a gun owner hasn’t gotten rid of their firearm by April of 2022, they will face criminal sanctions. And to be clear, it’s illegal to USE the now-prohibited guns effective today. Gun owners just have two years to no longer have them in their possession.
Kind of like being told your car is prohibited effective immediately but you have two years to get rid of it. You technically still own it, you just can’t shift it out of park.
This new gun control will ban well over one hundred thousands guns currently in Canadian homes. Exact numbers are not available after a previous, Conservative government had the national registry of firearms abolished. Still, for guns on the list of newly prohibited guns, some were already on a ‘restricted’ list. That number of ‘restricted’ guns is over 105,000 guns.
We’ll give more details as more are released. For now, take note of how quickly and anti-gun government can utilize a tragedy to disarm their citizens. Gun owners can NOT let this happen in America!