Can’t jail them all
by Kory Teneycke
Late last week, the RCMP tweaked the list of firearms allowed under Canadian law, changing two popular lines of guns from “non-restricted” to “prohibited”.
The CZ 58 and Swiss Arms rifles that were made prohibited look scary. The CZ resembles the iconic AK-47, and the Swiss Arms rifles look like something you would see in the hands of a Hollywood action hero. Many Canadians would support banning the ownership of firearms like these, and more still would be surprised they were legal in the first place.
So where is the controversy?
Well, for one thing, this small change instantly converted over 13,000 otherwise-law-abiding Canadians into felons. Under Canadian law to possess a “prohibited” firearm is a serious crime for which there is virtually no defence, and the punishment is a three-year mandatory minimum prison sentence. Read more…