Mar 152013
 

Canadian gun lawThis week’s hit parade continues with the CSSA now suggesting that (gasp!) maybe the RCMP shouldn’t be allowed to bibbitty-bobbitty-boo AK47s out of thin air anymore.

Poor little CFOs must feel like they’re trying to play bag tag with an orangutan.  Well then, they should have left us the hell alone, shouldn’t they?

CSSA pushes for new civilian tribunal to properly classify prohibited and restricted firearms

CSSA/CILAOne of the biggest burrs under the collective saddle of sport shooters is the slap-happy, unscientific “methods” currently used to prohibit and restrict guns in Canada.

Truth be known, there is no method at all. The RCMP recently added another semi-automatic carbine to the prohibited list because it could allegedly be converted to shoot full auto. There are 77 registered BD-38s and BD-3008s in Canada that must be turned in by owners who are no longer permitted to have them according to the Firearms Act. Although the Harper government is decent enough to pay fair compensation for these expensive rifles, there is still a bitter taste at having your own government take your legally acquired property. The system is broken, it was never right, and here’s why.

The Firearms Act has a gaping hole in it big enough to drive a train through. While it states that that all firearms must be of a certain category, it is silent as to who makes that determination. By default, this has become the RCMP firearms lab and frankly, the accuracy of their determinations has been less than stellar.

The BD-38/BD-3008 is one of a string of firearms that were categorized as legal for sale by the RCMP only to be prohibited years later because the initial analysis was incorrect. Additional problems have surfaced with the RCMP informing Canada Border Services (CBSA) that although a particular firearm was legal for sale in Canada, it was being re-examined, causing whole shipments of firearms to be seized and held. Such actions cost the importers hundreds of thousands of dollars in barbaric storage fees charged by CBSA. Sometimes it appears that this is the end goal of the whole exercise and is there anyone left in our community that would believe these RCMP power plays are not politically motivated?

The legality of a firearm should be determined before Canadians have an opportunity to purchase them. Otherwise, you end up with a (temporary) rack of firearms that were legal yesterday, but not today. And compensation hasn’t always been part of the deal.

The CSSA has repeatedly requested a tribunal of firearms technical experts to test and adjudicate which firearms qualify for prohibited or restricted status under the act. This apolitical tribunal should base their conclusions on clear, predetermined criteria from the act. And as the act is amended, so should the lists be amended too.

As long as the RCMP motivations are fueled merely by their own political whims, the lists will grow longer and continue to be populated by firearms that pose no threat to public safety. How else could we have devolved into a country with restricted “black guns” that are really just .22 calibre plinkers?

The Canadian Shooting Sports Association will keep requesting the government to strike a professional tribunal. Only then can firearms owners be treated honestly and fairly.

Don’t hesitate to let your elected representatives know that Canada desperately needs a firearms adjudication tribunal to make these expert decisions.

 

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