Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau released his full package of campaign promises this week, an 88-page plan covering a host of issues that matter to– wait for it– the middle-class. There’s been little (read: no) media coverage on his firearm policy, so I thought to jot down a few notes here (admittedly, lifted from a Twitter rant earlier this morning).
The platform begins with the words, “We will take pragmatic action to make it harder for criminals to get, and use, handguns and assault weapons.” Really? Seems to me these measures target law-abiding gun owners, not criminals.
- “Repeal changes made by Bill C-42 that allow restricted and prohibited weapons to be freely transported without a permit…” C-42 does neither. Also, ATTs are useless documents that amount to a license on top of a license.
- “Will put decision-making about weapons restrictions back in the hands of police.” In other words the Liberals with give reclassification power back to the RCMP lab-rats who created unnecessary dramas like those that unfolded with the Swiss Arms and CZ858 crises.
- “Modify the membership of the Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee…” Translation: Stack it with antis.
- “enhanced background checks for anyone seeking to purchase a handgun or other restricted firearm” Save a cavity search, you have all my info! Clue: Think like a Liberal… Install another layer of bureaucracy. Perhaps CFO reassessment or guarantee with each new restricted firearm? Could take weeks, months even.
- “Require purchasers of firearms to show a license when they buy a gun…” We already do that in stores! This provision targets Internet sales and would kill legal exchanges for online retailers.
- “And require all sellers of firearms to confirm that the license is valid before completing the sale.” They already do that! But, wait… Why have 10 bureaucratic layers when you could have 20? Perhaps retailers will have to call in every purchase to ensure validity?
- “Require firearms vendors to keep records of all firearms inventory and sales…” FFS. I can’t even buy ammo without being recorded already.
- “We will not create a new national long-gun registry.” They’ll just repeal parts of C42, increase record requirements for firearms vendors.
- “We will ensure that Canada becomes a party to the international Arms Trade Treaty.” Really? A sketch of the most noxious provisions follows:
- Article 2 defines scope of the treaty’s prohibitions. The right to own, buy, sell, trade, or transfer all means of armed resistance — including handguns, is denied to civilians by this section of the Arms Trade Treaty.
- Article 3 places “ammunition/munitions fired, launched or delivered by the conventional arms covered under Article 2” – within the scope of the treaty’s prohibitions, as well.
- Article 4 rounds out the regulations, also placing all “parts and components” of weapons within the scheme.
- Article 11 is concerned with “Reporting, Record Keeping and Transparency” and seems to hint at a registry for signatories… “Such records may contain … end users as appropriate.”
- Finally, the agreement demands that nat’l govts take “appropriate measures” to enforce terms of the treaty, including civilian disarmament. If these countries can’t get ‘er done, Article 16 provides for UN assistance including help with the enforcement of “stockpile management, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programmes.” (!!!) Also, a “voluntary trust fund” to assist those countries that need help from UN peacekeepers or other regional forces to disarm citizens.
All that to say:
@JustinTrudeau‘s policy on firearms demonstrates a lack of knowledge, even research on the topic from both him and his team.