We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to immediately repeal the order issued April 29, 2022.
The Government has implemented a variety of measures to control firearms in Canada.
Former Bill C-71, which received Royal Assent in 2019, included measures to keep firearms out of the hands of people who should not have them as well as to enable the tracing of firearms used in crime. Last summer, the Government brought into force measures from that Bill. This includes expanded background checks for firearms licence applications to capture the full history of an applicant. The Chief Firearms Officer (CFO) must now consider whether the applicant has a history of harassment, restraining orders, or otherwise poses a danger to another person.
Another measure brought into force requires individuals to obtain an Authorization to Transport (ATT) from their CFO to transport restricted and prohibited firearms within our communities. Individuals must now seek a CFO’s discretionary authorization to transport these firearms to destinations other than a shooting range or to their home following a purchase.
In May 2022, the Government brought into force the final measures to implement Former Bill C-71; licence verification and business record-keeping. These measures were in place before the institution of the long gun registry in 2005. These common sense measures will protect public safety by reducing the risk of non-restricted firearms being sold or given to anyone who does not possess a valid firearms licence.
Additionally, former Bill C-71 included a provision clarifying that the Government could not recreate the long gun registry. No information about non-restricted firearms will be held by the Government. Law enforcement will be required to have a valid purpose in order to access the records (e.g., to trace a crime gun), often with a warrant.
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