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e-3249 (Democratic process)

E-petition
Initiated by Blair Zinkhan from Calgary, Alberta

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • The Prime Minister seeks to expand his firearms confiscation regime through Bill C-21 and is driving a false narrative against law-abiding firearms owners;
  • "Assault rifles", or fully automatic firearms, have been banned in Canada since 1977;
  • The term "variant" used in Bill C-21 remains undefined in Canada's firearms framework;
  • The list of firearms to be prohibited is arbitrary and not based on functionality or other clear criteria;
  • Bill C-21 would ban airsoft guns; effectively ending tactical simulation sports in Canada and cause irreparable economic harm to that industry;
  • The majority of firearms used in violent crimes are obtained illegally or are smuggled into Canada and criminals who have illegally obtained firearms will not be impacted by Bill C-21;
  • Legal firearms owners in Canada are subject to daily "continuous eligibility screening” to maintain their license;
  • Before the May 1, 2020, Order in Council, Canada was already a global leader in comprehensive legislation surrounding responsible and legal private firearms ownership;
  • International data demonstrates that confiscation regimes would not stop firearms violence in Canada; and
  • The federal government is ignoring community advocates, as well as current and former police officers and executives, who have stated that firearms bans are ineffective.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to immediately scrap the May 1, 2020, Order in Council and Bill C-21, and pass legislation that will target criminals, those who illegally obtain firearms, international smuggling operations and fund community-based gun violence prevention programs.
Open for signature
March 12, 2021, at 4:48 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 10, 2021, at 4:48 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Tom Kmiec
Calgary Shepard
Conservative Caucus
Alberta
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