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The Smiley-Face Jackboot: Is Canadian “Gun Control” Our Future?

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This is what happens when you elect a bottle of Jheri Curl. (Image courtesy NSSF)

“It’s not fascism when we do it!”

Oh, Canada! How we gun-owning Americans cringe as we watch your government chase its tail in ever-smaller circles, doing everything in its power to combat gun violence … except imprisoning criminals, of course. How we gun-owning Americans roll our eyes when your insipid prime minister enacts gun control by executive fiat, no debating allowed. How we gun-owning Americans sigh in disgust as your grandstanding pols blame crime on the object used to enact it, not the criminals who wield it. How we gun-owning Americans have noticed that our own politicians are making copies of your playbook, and how deeply concerned we are. This is what Canadian gun control looks like … and if the gun-grabbers get their way, it’ll be ours soon enough. For the facts, figures, and foolishness, we’re turning it over to the NSSF‘s inimitable Larry Keane. Take it away, Larry!

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CANADA’S HANDGUN BAN DOESN’T DO ANYTHING TO STOP CRIME


By Larry Keane

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is – again – promising strict new gun control measures he claims are needed to stop criminals.

A unilateral ban on the import of handguns into Canada was announced, freezing out Canadians that follow the law and purchase handguns legally. Nothing in the measure, though, actually addresses criminals or the illegal networks that smuggle ill-gotten firearms into Canada and perpetuate crime there.

Tyrannical Mini-King

Prime Minister Trudeau slapped a ban on handgun imports until proposed legislation that would ban the sale and purchase of handguns, among other gun control measures, can be voted on by the Canadian Parliament. The import ban was a knee-jerk reaction after Canadians rushed to buy firearms when the Trudeau administration introduced legislation to end handgun sales.

Prime Minister Trudeau isn’t waiting for debate or a vote. He’s operating by executive fiat. He’s acting like a mini-tyrant and it’s not the first time he’s trampled on Canadians ability to own guns or even protest their own government.

Canada doesn’t have their own version of America’s Second Amendment that protects the pre-existing right to keep and bear arms. Gun control laws in Canada are much stricter than that of the United States. Canadians must obtain a license to posses a firearm, and handguns are treated like restricted or prohibited firearms, which means they all must be registered.

Prime Minister Trudeau exploited the tragedy in Uvalde to push the legislation to ban the sale of handguns and when Canadians reacted by buying more, Trudeau’s administration issued the emergency order to ban handgun imports. Since nearly all handguns sold in Canada are imported, this puts a near-total ban on the availability for law-abiding Canadians to legally obtain one. Those already in possession of handguns are allowed to keep theirs, for now.

Blow to Business

The import ban also means it will have impacts on U.S.-based handgun manufacturers that export to Canada. Firearm manufacturers in the United States exported 44,419 handguns (both revolvers and semiautomatic pistols) in 2021 that equaled nearly $20 million in business. Only first half of the year figures are available for 2022, but 33,638 handguns were exported, a 30.7 percent increase over the same time period in 2021, when 24,767 were exported. Exports in the first six months of 2022 is valued at over $16 million, a 45.3 percent increase over the same period in 2021, when it topped $10 million.

Handgun exports by U.S. firearm manufacturers so far in 2022 accounted for 18.4 percent of all international exports and were valued at 17.5 percent of handgun export value.

That’s a business Prime Minister Trudeau wants to shut down, just like he shut down Canadians on the sale and possession of Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs). Trudeau’s administration – again, unilaterally – is still planning their national “buyback” of specified semiautomatic rifles, despite the fact the price tag is ballooning. His initial price tag for the taxpayer-funded government confiscation scheme was at $250 million. Previous similar Canadian government gun grab attempts, however, put the price tag closer to $600 million, and doubters admitted the real cost could be closer to $2.7 billion.

Canada already extended the deadline for MSR owners turn in their rifles or destroy them until Oct. 30. That’s because few Canadians are willing to give up their guns, The Reload reported.

Trampling on Rights

Speaking out against the bans in Canada could be dicey. Prime Minister Trudeau already proved he was willing to jail Canadians protesting COVD-19 lockdowns when he sent police to break up and jail protesters. Canada’s Parliament introduced legislation to regulate user-generated content on the web, like YouTube and Facebook. Canada’s conservative newspaper, however The National Post, warned that Canada doesn’t have strong protections for free speech. Freedom of Expression is protected by Canada’s Charter of Rights, The National Post wrote, but, “The preamble to the Charter explicitly mentions that this freedom is subject to ‘reasonable limits.’ There’s also the other part of the Charter where provincial governments can steamroll any freedom they want, provided they publicly announce that they’re doing so.”

Prime Minister Trudeau’s oppressive edict and proposed legislation doesn’t actually address crime or criminal networks. The fact is, the United States government ensures that handgun exports to Canada are for legitimate sales. U.S. exports to Canada are vetted by the U.S. Commerce Department and approved Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) with end-user checks. That means if the recipient of the exported handguns isn’t a legitimate and lawful business, the exports aren’t approved to leave the United States. Criminals aren’t importing handguns from U.S. manufacturers. Criminal networks are obtaining them illegally. NSSF, as the firearm and ammunition trade association, wants these illegal networks stopped.

That’s why NSSF partnered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for Don’t Lie for the Other GuyTM, to prevent illegal straw purchases of firearms. Firearms must be kept out of the hands of those who are prohibited and not the true purchaser of the gun.

Banning all imports of handguns to Canada doesn’t solve the crime problems north of the border. It only deprives those who can legally purchase a handgun from the ability to do so. It starves Canadians of the ability to protect themselves and doesn’t stop criminals from victimizing the innocent.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. JonsOn

    August 26, 2022 at 11:06 am

    Canada’s ban on handguns or AR-15s isn’t about stopping crime but about making those in government safe from pissed off citizens who’ve had enough totalitarianism. They, like our democrats are following in the footsteps of some of their most revered leaders throughout history such as Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Castro, Kim, Chavez and every other tin horned dictator who disarmed their populace so they would be free to do as they pleased. The democrat party in this country wants that and wants it bad. I would hope that we citizens of the United States of America stand up to these tyrants and stop them from achieving their disgusting goals. The 2nd to the last thing I want to see in this country is a war. The 1st is a loss of our freedoms.

  2. Bulletcatcher

    August 26, 2022 at 9:37 am

    So The Biden Cartel Crime Family and little pecker North ( thank God ) have made their decision to become Monarchs, and not leaders! Tiny punk up North is a child like POS that thinks he can rule by authoritarian command! I personally know many Candians that are ready! Ready to publicly hang that huge POS. AS FOR THE BIDEN CARTEL CRIME FAMILY’S ILLEGAL MONEY TIES TO UKRAINE AND CHINA, he is an old, sick walking dead man. Won’t be long till both countries are free of their ignorance! And kamalatoe will join them. Ms. I slept around and lied about my meeting, as a baby, with MLK. You remember, ” I want fweedom!

  3. consteacher

    August 26, 2022 at 8:59 am

    Little T and Mr Biden are on the same page but Tru has more balls than insipid Biden to enact his ‘vision’ of gun futures. its time to seriously decide what you will do when it comes to your door. tiemto water the tree.

    • Rick O'Shay

      August 26, 2022 at 9:51 am

      That’s the problem isn’t it? We let it get to that point instead of preempting it. Yeah we can call our reps in the District of Criminals and demand they uphold our rights and rarely do they then we have to fight it in court. Problem is congress nor any one else in DC fears the people when WE have all the power.

  4. David

    August 25, 2022 at 10:49 am

    How about we trade. Gun owners can be citizens in the u.s and all liberal gun control supporters and politicians can move to canada. When Trump got the presidency they were all threatening to move anyway. How about all politicians mind their own business of what the legal gun owners do and do your damn job getting rid of crime. I am sure you do not want to get rid of your pedophile illegal activity business friends that you hang out with. It will all come to light very soon. Your illegal crap will come out or come down on you.

    • Rick O'Shay

      August 26, 2022 at 10:09 am

      Tyrants use fear and bully tactics to mmaintain power over the people. They are just typical thugs that need a beat down or worse. Time they get a dose of their own medicine.

      I think alot of politicians are career criminals and/or pedophiles and some possibly framed as such by the deep state that they are manipulated and controlled by the ds, wealthy elite and globalists to purposely make laws that benefit themselves while negating our rights. There are so few of them compared to 350 million of us that we should be stampeding DC by now.

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