The NDP “Compromise” Plan – Part III


Today is the third and final installment of my analysis of just what “Turncoat” Charlie Angus’ Private Member’s Bill C-580 really says, compared to what Jack’s plan said.

Addressing issues with inherited firearms

[C-580 s 11] (2) Paragraph 112(2)(b) of the [Firearms] Act is replaced by the following:

(b) a person who comes into possession of a firearm by operation of law and who, within 90 days or such longer period as may be granted by a chief firearms officer under subsection (2.1), lawfully disposes of it or obtains a registration certificate for it; or

(3) Section 112 of the Act is amended by adding the following after subsection (2):

(2.1) A chief firearms officer may grant an extension of the 90-day period referred to in paragraph (2)(b) of no more than 90 days, if the chief firearms officer determines, on the basis of prescribed considerations, that granting the extension is warranted and that the person seeking the extension meets the following conditions:

(a) the person applies to the chief firearms officer for an extension of time within the 90-day period referred to in paragraph (2)(b); and

(b) the person is unable to dispose of the firearm or obtain a registration certificate for it within the 90-day period referred to in paragraph (2)(b) because of prescribed circumstances.

Nobody I know in the Responsible Firearms Community thinks there was anything wrong with the “inherited firearms” issue; my guess is that this is coming from the po-leece, who are always wanting to “tighten up” on so-called “gun control” laws.  This will screw anyone who hopes to inherit any firearms from their deceased relatives – it will be nigh on impossible for them to schedule a course, fill out the forms, and obtain the appropriate license within 90 days.  Either the heirs will have to get the proper licenses beforehand, or they will have to be transferred to someone they trust to hold onto them until such time as they can.

Once more, they are fixing a problem that never existed…

But here’s a bit of a surprise that Jack didn’t mention in his plan:

Criminal Code

4. Section 117.15 of the Act is amended by adding the following after subsection (2):

(3) The Governor in Council may make regulations requiring a manufacturer or importer to provide information for the purpose of establishing that the thing in question is reasonable for use in Canada for hunting or sporting purposes.

So, they’re going to force gun manufacturers to provide “proof” that their guns are “hunter/sporters”.  I guess that means you can kiss goodbye any of those long-range, high-powered, plane-killing, .50 calibre sniper rifles!

Here’s a few more bits and pieces:

Firearms Act

[C-580]6. (1) The portion of section 46 of the Act before paragraph (a) is replaced by the following:

46. An authorization to import goods described in section 43 shall include the serial numbers of those goods and may be issued to a business only if the business that applies for such an authorization

(2) Paragraph 46(b) of the Act is replaced by the following:

(b) identifies those goods in the prescribed manner, including by providing their serial numbers;
[C-580]7. Section 50 of the Act is replaced by the following:

50. A customs officer shall inform the Registrar without delay of the exportation or importation of goods described in section 43 by a business and shall provide the Registrar with the serial numbers of those goods.

They seem to have a real hard-on for “serial numbers”, as if they were some sort of magic incantation.  There’s nothing here that couldn’t have been done better and easier by making or amending a Regulation.  Certainly there is no real need to entrench this nonsense into the law itself.

So far, there is no mention of  ”merging possession and acquisition licenses” (which still hasn’t been fully explained), or of ”empowering municipalities to ban handguns from their streets” in this Bill.  I can’t begin to imagine what kind of a dog’s breakfast that would look like.

There you have it: trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, right before your eyes!



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