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e-2576 (Democratic process)

Initiated by Steve Hamilton from Prince george, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • On May 1, 2020, the Liberal government introduced an Order in Council to change the classification of many firearms in Canada;
  • This executive order strips law-abiding Canadians of their legally purchased property;
  • This unfairly targets Canadian firearms owners who are already among the most vetted in Canadian society. Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) and Restricted PAL (RPAL) holders are subject to daily screening and are statistically proven to be less likely to commit crimes than non-PAL and non-RPAL holders;
  • According to Regulation 117.5(2), an Order in Council may not be used: "In making regulations, the Governor in Council may not prescribe any thing to be a prohibited firearm, a restricted firearm, a prohibited weapon, a restricted weapon, a prohibited device or prohibited ammunition if, in the opinion of the Governor in Council, the thing to be prescribed is reasonable for use in Canada for hunting or sporting purposes";
  • It is the opinion of the Governor in Council that these firearms included in the Order are unsuitable for hunting or sporting purposes;
  • Justice Minister David Lametti stated: “There will be an exception for Indigenous peoples exercising a section 35 hunting right, as well as those who use the weapon for hunting to feed themselves or their family”;
  • An exemption shows that these firearms are clearly suitable; and
  • Multiple premiers have stated that this ban will not be effective in preventing crime and money would be better allocated towards targeting criminals.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to immediately repeal the Order in Council issued May 1, 2020.
Open for signature
May 5, 2020, at 11:39 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
September 2, 2020, at 11:39 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Todd Doherty (Cariboo—Prince George)
October 20, 2020 (Petition No. 432-00131)
Photo - Todd Doherty
Cariboo—Prince George
Conservative Caucus
British Columbia
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