Canadian Firearms Official Blasts Trudeau’s Draconian Gun Ban

Trudeau announced the new ban in 2020. (Photo: Screenshot/Global News)

It’s been a tough few years for Canadians, and not only because their prime minister used an “emergency order” to seize assets and shut down peaceful COVID protests.

In response to a mass murder in 2020 that left 22 Canadians dead, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a ban of over 1,500 variants of so-called “assault style” firearms. Current owners will not be allowed to keep their lawfully purchased property but will be forced to surrender them in a mandatory buyback program set to take place next year.

Canadian gun owners were understandably incensed, and the latest critic is Teri-Jane Bryant, the Chief Firearms Officer for the western province of Canada.

“It is alarming that no evidence has been adduced to justify the arbitrary selection of the firearms on the list. Prohibiting specific types of firearms is an approach that has proven ineffective in improving public safety,” she said in a scathing letter to Trudeau’s Minister of Public Safety, Marco Mendicino.

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Instead of spending billions of taxpayer dollars banning and “buying back” legally owned firearms, Mendicino should use that money to “focus on what does work, the diligent pursuit and prosecution of criminals,” Bryant said.

“In Alberta, it is these scofflaws that are driving both rural crime and the alarming violence in our major cities,” she continued.

She pointed out that Canada has already imposed incredibly strict firearms laws. When these laws are “properly administered,” law-abiding gun owners should be allowed to purchase whatever kind of firearm they wish to acquire.

When he announced the gun ban, Trudeau did not offer evidence to prove that the new law would do anything to reduce rising crime rates in Canada. The United States tried a similar ban from 1994 to 2004, and experts agree it had no measurable impact on crime.

“The government prohibition on certain firearms, and now more assault-style firearms, isn’t going to likely have a real direct impact on community safety and crime rates, violent crime rates and those kinds of things,” Doug King, a justice studies professor at Mount Royal University, told the Calgary Herald. “I think I think the larger question is, has the federal government provided any justification for why some (firearms) were put on the list and why others weren’t? What was the criteria?”

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The gun ban won’t reduce crime, and it represents a direct attack on personal property rights, Bryant said. She called it a “serious infringement on the property rights of lawful gun owners” who have “not done anything wrong.”

“Yet they are to be forcibly deprived of their property or forced to effectively render it useless through compulsory deactivation,” she said.

Trudeau’s Liberal government is unlikely to abandon the ban (they made it part of their election campaign in 2021), and Mendicino has characterized the call to lift the ban as “wrong and dangerous.” If the government refuses to move on the ban itself, Bryant calls on them to extend the amnesty period for legal gun owners to a minimum of three years.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over six years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Tyler. Got a hot tip? Send him an email at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

{ 10 comments… add one }
  • Mike Colordo April 25, 2022, 4:17 pm

    The populous of Canada will bend the knee, just like Australia did.

  • Kane April 22, 2022, 3:08 pm

    Wonder if MMORE had any comments?

  • Mike April 22, 2022, 10:07 am

    While the US government may try this, that will be the spark that starts a bloody civil war in America.

  • Jerry April 22, 2022, 7:33 am

    Writers have to stop referring to gun confiscation as “buy-back” programs. You cant buy back something you never owned in the first place! Just another example of the government thinking everything we own belongs to it!

  • Terry Constance April 22, 2022, 7:33 am

    Teri-Jane Bryant got it right even without a 2nd amendment.

    The gun toting criminals in the States, are bonded out to offend again without any consideration for public safety.

  • survivor50 April 20, 2022, 1:32 pm

    ” BETO TRUDEAU …”

  • JOHN PENCE April 20, 2022, 1:03 pm

    When the government tell you that you can’t have a gun, THEN YOU NEED A GUN!

  • Charles D. April 20, 2022, 10:27 am

    Little Justin, like “The Big Guy” and his son, all drink from the Chinese teat. The Chinese believe that an unarmed populace would be easier to take over and control without those pesky rifles pointing at them from behind every bush. Ask the Japanese about this. Kruschev related at the UN many years ago that the freedoms of the “free” people would be taken away slice by slice, and by the time that they realized what was going on, no freedoms would exist, and the Communists would then rule. Our freedoms are being taken away because we have become lazy and addicted to “screen time”.

  • JB April 19, 2022, 6:04 pm

    Oh Canada, the land of Chicom soldiers and a Communist government. Like Americans they Canadians bow to tyranny and complain, they vote for more free stuff as their freedoms slip away. As in America the Communist Chinese now control domestic policy and gun control is a top priority.

    • SGT-ADA April 22, 2022, 10:09 am

      You can actually sing your comment to the Canadian National Anthem, eh. 🤣

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