Government gun control

- January 11th, 2012


When we brought you the story last week of the Armi Jager AP 80 and the letters of confiscation sent to owners of those rifles, I really didn’t think I would hear the arguments from the Harper government that we are hearing now.

Truly I am shocked.

Just to refresh the story here, the RCMP started sending out letters just before Christmas advising owners of the Armi Jager AP 80, advising them that their previously legally registered and purchased weapons were now prohibited in Canada and they must surrender them to the police.

Failure to do so would of course result in legal action, a visit from the police.

The reason for banning this particular rifle from Canada is that it looks like the dreaded AK 47.

Looks like.

This rifle does not operate like the AK 47 and you cannot change the parts to make it fire the larger rounds. The Armi Jager is a .22 caliber rifle, that’s a small round, incredibly small compared to the 7.62 mm rounds of the AK 47 which can put a huge hole in anything it hits.

The owner of the firearm at the centre of a recent court case bought the rifle in the 1980s and registered it when the long gun registry came into effect. He didn’t hear anything about it being banned until 2008.

Since bringing you this story I’ve heard from others who only heard a year ago- 10 years after registering that their rifle was prohibited.

Others gun owners have written to say that they have received similar letters about different rifle being deemed illegal years after they bought them and registered them legally.

Now they are having their weapons confiscated, they must surrender them or have them taken from them and all of this is happening just before the Harper government scraps the long gun registry.

We asked Public Safety Minister Vic Toews to come on the show and answer some questions about what is happening. He is the man in charge of the RCMP, the organization that runs the gun registry.

Toews office said he was busy today. I’m not surprised they haven’t wanted to say much on this topic since we broke it last week.

But the minister did appear on Newswire with Jacqui Delaney this morning to talk about his most wanted list, so Jacqui asked a few questions about this gun registry mess.

Toews dismisses the idea that the RCMP and the gun registry folks are overstepping their bounds and says this is all about classification and a court judgement. Really?

This isn’t a new firearm, this is an old rifle being redefined for it’s looks.

Let me ask all those people who voted for the Conservatives to scrap the gun registry – is this what you voted for?

To me it looks like the RCMP is trying to grab as many guns as it can before the registry is gone.

Not to Toews though. He defends grabbing guns. There are a few problems with this.

Firstly, having the police be the ones to determine what is restricted and what is not, then be the ones to enforce the laws is a bad situation. We elect lawmakers to make law and there are police forces and courts to enforce. Here we have police bureaucrats deciding what to ban and what to allow and then prosecuting those on their list.

Secondly, and we’ll have more on this in a moment, there is the issue of confiscating personal property and not offering compensation for it and that is wrong.

This is what is happening.

I don’t think this is what the people that backed the Conservatives on this issue for the last dozen years or more were expecting.

It’s time to wake them up.

And that’s the Byline.

 

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8 comments

  1. Bfedick says:

    The CPC was Canadian gunowners best chance for real change to the disaster that is bill C68. They have betrayed firearms owners, and are in great danger of losing a large voting block. Remember the CGN “Turf Mark Holland” campaign? Guess what Vic? Unless you man up and take control of your beaurocrats at the RCMP, your next.

  2. Ella says:

    This is not the first time that those who registered guns have had them seized. There was in 1989 a group of 17 gun owners that went to court to gain compensation for their seized guns. Go to http://www.jus.gov.mb.ca/ do a search for file number CR89-01-06571

  3. Exiled Maritimer says:

    Just a couple of comments
    1. Call it a firearm or equipment not weapon. The confiscators call them weapons to scare the public. Let’s not play by their rules.
    2 They are not mechanically similar and the only link is the appearance so drop the scary stock and restock. A 2×6 gouged out will do. I would love to see a firearms officer make a fool of himself in front of a judge trying to make the case that it deserves the restricted category
    Keep up the good work

  4. Richard Wakefield says:

    My suggestion is that classification (testing and evaluating all the various firearms) be done by the Canadian Army. They then report to the Government who then change the classification of firearms. The RCMP is in a conflict of interest.

    As a CPC supporter for decades I’m outraged this is taking place and intent to make my voice heard about this at our next riding association meeting on the 24th.

    And Brian, PLEASE!!!!, these are FIREARMS not “weapons”. PLEASE STOP!

  5. Richard Wakefield says:

    Coalition for Gun Control gets $25,000 from the Canadian Labour Congress.

    http://www.canadianlabour.ca/pacific/news/coalition-gun-control-given-award

  6. Alain says:

    I learned of this outrageous situation through SNN and Byline, and it stinks from beginning to end. First of all it is not for the RCMP, the courts or bureaucrats to determine which firearms should be banned, it is the responsibility of Parliament. That the Liberals delegated it is no excuse for the continued abuse. The ban is solely based on looks in spite of what the minister claims as he tries to defend this abuse. I suppose by this same logic the same zealots will ban toy guns and a lot of other look-alikes. Furthermore confiscation without due compensation amounts to theft, especially when the owners obeyed the law when they acquired and registered their firearms.

    I wager that were the registry not on its last legs, these same firearms would have remained legal. I do hope that enough people flood the PM’s office with their concerns about this.

  7. Constantin Draghici-Vasilescu says:

    Your sounding the alarm with respect to an eseentially irresponsible confiscation of private property is very important and I am glad that you are not letting it pass easily. I hope that Minister Toes will have the decency to appear on your show and explain how this outrage is consistent with the conservative principles of his party.
    What a shame for the RCMP also. It is the kind of action and publicity that is sure to tarnish the reputation of this valuable Canadian institution.
    Unfortunately,voting NDP is not a realistic aletrnative. The moment has come for all of us to e-mail the Prime Minister’s office and demand either corrective action or an explanation for this socialist expropriation.

  8. Raleigh Epp says:

    I wholly agree with what everyone has said above! Unfortuneatly for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews and the RCMP this news is growing by the hour! It won’t take long for the American News Media to get wind of this! I really don’t think that Vic Toews and the RCMP want Canadian and International News trucks lining-up outside their doors! So glad that we now have a voice with the excellent investigative reporting from Sun News Network!!! They have the power to reign-in the government for accountability! I hope that I don’t get on a Prohibited Watch List because my clothes or bad hair might appear scary! What’t next? Banning the colour black or certain shapes? Let’s continue to keep-up the pressure and share with the whole world what our political parties real agendas are!!!

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