2018 until 2020:
Gun Control in Canada
Wikipedia defines "Gun Control" as:
"... the set of laws or policies that regulate the manufacture, sale, transfer, possession, modification, or use of firearms by civilians." 1
2018-AUG-29: New federal study of hangun and assault weapons ban in Canada:
About a month previously, a new Cabinet portfolio was created in the federal government to cover Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction. Bill Blair (Liberal) was appointed as its minister.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Liberal) has asked Blair to promote the passage of the Liberal's gun control bill, Bill C-71, and to work with Ralph Goodale, the Minister of Public Safety, on additional policies, regulations, or legislation that could help reduce gun crime in Canada.
Blair is also to study the possibility of passing a:
"... a full ban on handguns and assault weapons in Canada, while not impeding the lawful use of firearms by Canadians."
2020-MAY-01: Prime Minister Trudeau announces a Canadian ban on 1,500 types of assault weapons:
Trudeau announced a ban on military-grade "assault-style" weapons in Canada, effective immediately. Individuals with gun licenses will no longer be able to import, sell, transport, or use them in Canada. However, they will be still allowed to own such guns. Of course, those without gun licenses will continue to be prohibited to possess all guns. Parliament is expected to pass a compensation program in the future.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said:
"As of today, the market for assault weapons in Canada is closed. Enough is enough. Banning these firearms will save Canadian lives."
This move was probably accellerated as a result of a recent mass murder in Nova Scotia, a maritime province on the East coast of Canada. Over a thirteen-hour period during APR-18 - 19, Gabriel Wortman, 51, set multiple fires and committed multiple shootings causing the deaths of 22 persons and the wounding of two others in the center of the province. It was the most serious mass murder in Canadian history. The events involved 16 crime scenes, five structure fires, and 435 identified witnesses!
Andrew Scheer, the Leader of the Federal opposition Conservative party, said that Trudeau was using:
"... immediate emotion of the horrific attack in Nova Scotia to push the Liberals’ ideological agenda and make major firearms policy changes.” Scheer said the Nova Scotia shooter did not have a firearms licence, so all of his guns were illegal. ... Taking firearms away from law-abiding citizens does nothing to stop dangerous criminals who obtain their guns illegally. The vast majority of gun crimes are committed with illegally obtained firearms. Nothing the Trudeau Liberals announced today addresses this problem."
Scheer said that the Nova Scotia shooter did not have a firearms licence, so all of his guns were illegal at the time that they were used. 3,4
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- Molly Hayes, et al., "Federal government confirms plan to study a full ban on handguns and assault weapons in Canada," The Globe and Mail, 2018-AG-28, at: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/
- John Paul Tasker, "Trudeau announces ban on 1,500 types of 'assault-style' firearms — effective immediately," CBC, 2020-MAY-01, at: https://www.cbc.ca/
- Bob Gillies, "'Canadians Need More Than Thoughts and Prayers.' Trudeau Bans Assault-style Weapons After Nova Scotia Shooting Rampage," Time, 2020-MAY-01, at: https://time.com/
- "2020 Nova Scotia attacks," Wikipedia, downloaded on 2020-MAY-03, at: https://en.wikipedia.org/
How you may have arrived here:
Original posting: 2018-JUL-23
Latest update : 2020-MAY-03