Folks, I knew it, I knew it, shaping up to be a multi-faceted affair at best.
It was plain and simple from the start, exceptions are being thrown on the table.
This whole this is BS. IMHO
Here is some recent proof of that and some comments.
Sorry about the long read, scroll to the bottom, the comments are really spot on.
It’s been a learning experience, minister says
Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino says he’s learned a lot from talks with Yukon gun owners last week,
By Ethan Lycan-Lang on January 23, 2023
Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino says he’s learned a lot from talks with Yukon gun owners last week, and it’ll be affecting the shape of a federal bill on gun control that some Yukoners have criticized for ignoring northern ways of life.
Bill C-21 proposes, among other things, a ban on more than 1,500 firearms country-wide.
Recent amendments to the bill, which originally focused on handguns, could make long guns used in hunting and sport here in the Yukon illegal.
Mendicino visited the territory last week to respond to concerns over the ban, and learn how firearms are used in northern communities.
He said he met with the Canadian Rangers, Yukon Fishing and Game Association, local government, Council of Yukon First Nations leaders and a variety of gun owners at a roundtable meeting last Thursday, all to discuss how Bill C-21 could impact life and industry here.
“Getting out on the land,” Mendicino said in an interview Friday afternoon, “I was able to experience, along with members of the community, how firearms are used safely and responsibly.”
Mendicino acknowledged firearms are a part of the “fabric” of northern life. “And I was able to experience that first hand,” he said.
“It’s my commitment to take that perspective and work it into the ongoing study of Bill C-21,” he said.
The bill is currently under committee review and awaiting a third reading in the House of Commons.
An amendment to the bill introduced late last year went beyond a handgun ban to include long guns like rifles and shotguns.
Fears that this amendment could make firearms used to hunt and protect against wildlife in remote northern communities led Yukon MP Brendan Hanley to say he couldn’t support his own party’s bill in its current form.
“We’ve been able to clarify that there is space in which we can create exemptions that are aligned and respectful to the northern realities on the land and to have an important conversation with First Nations because this bill is going to be passed in a way that is consistent with the principles of reconciliation,” Mendicino said.
He said he and Hanley had made good progress.
Hanley told the Star Friday he’s been assured First Nations rights for hunting won’t be affected by the ban.
He said Mendicino also committed to protecting fundamental hunting rights for all Canadians. Gun ban exemptions for sport, hunting and collecting are on the table, Hanley said.
“I’m very happy that the minister found the time and he responded to my request to come here,” Hanley said, saying the Yukon’s voice was heard and he’s confident it will find its way into a revised bill later this month. “But it’s not the end of the conversation.”
Speaking of exemptions, Mendicino said identifying guns important to Yukon industries and communities and seeing if they can be removed from a ban list in some way is a big part of the work that will come from last week’s meetings.
“We’re gonna work very closely with hunters, trappers, First Nations, to scope that work out,” he told the Star.
“The ability to use firearms safely and responsibly for food security, for self-protection and preservation, while in the land are all things that we can accomplish, while at the same time trying to reduce gun violence.”
Mendicino noted that a gun ban isn’t the only measure being taken to reduce gun violence.
He said the government is spending $450 million at the Canadian border to prevent illegal sales and smuggling.
He also noted nearly $1 million in federal funding going to Whitehorse for community programs to prevent youth from getting involved in crime.
Increased mental health care, he said, is another part of the federal government’s approach to gun crime prevention.
Mendicino said he doesn’t expect to come back with a revised bill that gun owners will totally agree with, but he hopes to change it so northern ways of life are protected without sacrificing public safety.
Steve on Jan 28, 2023 at 4:31 am
As a legal gun owner still pretty concerned by the his comments. There are more than just the northern communities that us guns for hunting and sporting. Hunters and sport shooting is a bigger sport than golf. Hunters help keep the wildlife populations in balance in southern Ontario. An exemption for sport shooting, how hard will that be too get. The main point though is this whole bill will cost 100 of billions of dollars and do nothing to reduce gun crimes in Canada. The criminals don’t follow the laws to begin with adding more won’t change anything. Use the money to add more scanners at points of entry along with agents. That will not only stop the guns but also drugs and human trafficking. This bill has changed so much its ridiculous. It started with assault style weapons which assault weapons have been prohibited for decades now. It then morphed into a handgun freeze and now non restricted longuns. The term variant can mean a lot of things and can be used to reclasify many firearms. We seen this happen with the assult style weapons, the list far exceeds 1500 guns. Not to mention how does a bill become legal before is passed royal ascent. By the way none of my firearms are weapons. I have never used them for bodily harm to humans. I use them as tools to compete in sport shooting and to control wildlife populations while providing food for my family.
Shannon on Jan 25, 2023 at 3:38 am
Scrap c21 all together. Put all the buyback money into policing and border security. This is an uncalled for attack on legal gun owners. Using terms like “assault style weapons” to confuse non gun owners is classic 100% disinformation. That’s like a Honda civic with a Ferrari body kit and calling it a Ferrari.