Canada’s firearms act is deeply flawed

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  |  Posted: Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 12:13 pm

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Dear Editor,

Are owners of military-inspired SUVs the next Canadians to be forced to surrender their property to the RCMP because their appearance constitutes a danger to the public peace?

The RCMP did something similar recently when they took the law into their own hands to reclassify Swiss Arms Classic Green and CZ-858 rifles from non-restricted to prohibited status overnight creating thousands of criminals out of their owners.

In the same way as a JeepTM or a HummerTM looks like a military vehicle, yet lacks certain war-like capabilities, the banned rifles bear only a superficial, external resemblance to fully-automatic “assault rifles”. Designed and manufactured to discharge a single shot with each squeeze of a trigger they have legitimate collector value and sporting applications acknowledged by their previously non-restricted classification.

Lacking clear legislation and oversight by Canada’s elected representatives, might the RCMP someday come after your military-inspired SUV on the excuse that you might use it to rob a bank, smash through a liquor store or, in a moment of inattention, kill an unsuspecting pedestrian? Given this latest action by the RCMP on top of their seizure of hundreds of guns after the High River flood, Prime Minister Harper’s government must repeal Canada’s deeply-flawed Firearms Act in its’ entirety and replace it with legislation that actually works to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and mentally-unstable persons.

Laurence R. Johnson,

Calgary


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