Mailbag: What’s up with that?

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mailbagSome Q&A on the fate of Canada’s Farmer Bob Varmint Gun List™

What with all the recent election mumbo jumbo and the accompanying blizzard of bafflegab, some people are still wondering, “just what the hell is going on with the LGR, anyway?”  And really, who can blame them?  The firearms act is such a mess of spaghetti logic that even the cops can’t figure it out half the time.

Herb from BC wants to know:

when is the long gun registry due to be ended?  Is there any point in trying to register long gun changes of address etc.

Funny how that got through, even with the posties still off the job, eh?  But I digress…

Well Herb, you aren’t the only one scratching your head these days.  Here’s the straight dope, as far as I’ve been able to dig it up (But remember, I AM NOT A LAWYER – nor do I have any desire to be one.  Ewww.):

According to what the Tories have been saying since they finally got into majority territory, the Great Canadian White Elephant is due to be taken behind the barn and shot sometime this fall.  The TO (red) Star has this to say about it:

A massive crime bill — that will package several legal proposals including tougher mandatory sentences for drug crimes and stronger police powers to search and seize online information — will be introduced in the fall, as will a bill to abolish the long-gun registry.

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As far as the amnesty goes, here’s what the Canada Firearms Program’s website (see it here) has to say as of today:

Canadian Firearms Program – AmnestyAn amnesty has been enacted to protect non-compliant owners of non-restricted firearms from criminal liability while they are taking steps to comply with the licensing and registration requirements of the Firearms Act. This amnesty will be in effect until May 16, 2013.

The amnesty applies to individuals in the following circumstances:

  • Individuals who are in possession of a non-restricted firearm and hold a Possession Only Licence (POL) or a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) for such a firearm, but do not hold a registration certificate for that firearm, or
  • Individuals who are in possession of a non-restricted firearm, who do not hold a registration certificate for the firearm in question and who:
    • Held a POL or a PAL that expired between January 1, 2004 and the present, or
    • Currently hold a POL or a PAL that will expire between now and May 16, 2013

The amnesty permits the following:

  • Licensed individuals can obtain a registration certificate for their non-restricted firearm;
  • Individuals with expired licences can obtain a new licence and then a registration certificate.
  • All individuals can
    • DEACTIVATE the firearm so it is no longer a firearm, or
    • SELL or GIVE the firearm to a public service agency (such as police service), to a business (including a museum) that holds a licence authorizing the acquisition, or to an individual who holds a PAL which authorizes the acquisition, or
    • EXPORT the firearm in accordance with all legal requirements, including those of the importing country, or
    • TURN IN the firearm to a police officer or a firearms officer for destruction or other disposal

The amnesty does not apply to individuals who have never obtained a firearms licence.

Hope this helps to clear things up.

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