A ban on numerous kinds of firearms was announced in Canada back in May of 2020, but as it turns out, only 160 have thus far been handed over to the government, which is a shockingly low number, especially when you look at the original government estimation of there being 90,000 to 105,000 outlawed guns in the country.
“Only 160 firearms that the Liberal government prohibited more than a year and a half ago have been deactivated or surrendered, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP),” iPolitics said in a report released on Friday.
“The Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) can confirm that, as of Dec. 9, 2021, 18 firearms (formerly classified as restricted) affected by the May 1, 2020, Order in Council (OIC) have been deactivated,” RCMP headquarters spokeswoman Sgt. Caroline Duval said in a conversation with iPolitics.
“In addition, there have been 142 OIC-affected firearms recorded as surrendered to a public agency for destruction since May 1, 2020,” she continued.
The RCMP seemed to suggest Canadians are merely waiting for a long-promised gun buyback to be created by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau before complying.
“If an individual or business were to relinquish a newly prohibited firearm or device before the implementation of the buyback program, they won’t be eligible for compensation once the program is announced,” RCMP said during a statement to iPolitics last week. “Government officials are currently in the process of refining requirements and developing program design and implementation options for a buyback program.”
A report from The Reload cited numerous issues with Canada’s plan to collect now-outlawed legally purchased firearms from citizens, noting of gun owners’ general “hesitancy” to hand them in (emphasis added):
The announcement comes as the April 2022 deadline for the “assault weapon” confiscation order rapidly approaches. The Canadian government’s plan to collect the affected weapons has been rife with problems since it was announced. Consulting fees and enforcement planning have resulted in a bloated budget before even a single weapon has been “bought back,” and a concrete plan for the buyback program is yet to be finalized. It now appears affected gun owners are hesitant to give up their guns. … With such a low rate of gun owners relinquishing their weapons up to this point, further doubt has been cast on the feasibility of making gun owners comply by the April 30, 2022 deadline.
“If a significant number do not turn in their guns over the next four months, the government will have to decide whether to take criminal action against Canadian gun owners for keeping guns they legally purchased,” The Reload stated in the report.
It’s very inspiring to see so many Canadians not abiding by a tyrannical law designed to strip them of their right to own a firearm for the protection of life, liberty, and property.
Perhaps there is still hope for these folks after all.