Canadians Petition to Get Their Guns Back Following Confiscatory Ban

(Photo: Justin Trudeau Facebook)

Will it be enough?  That’s the question…

But for right now Canadian gun owners can hang their hats on the fact that their effort to restore gun rights set a record for the most signatures in the history of online Parliamentary petitions.  

With 230,905 signatures, digital petition e-2574 calls on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to revoke his confiscatory ban on over 1,500 commonly owned semiautomatic firearms.  

“We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Prime Minister to immediately scrap his government’s May 1, 2020, Order in Council decision related to confiscating legally owned firearms and instead pass legislation that will target criminals, stop the smuggling of firearms into Canada, go after those who illegally acquire firearms, and apologize to legal firearms owners in Canada,” reads the petition. 

Trudeau enacted the sweeping prohibition following the Nova Scotia attacks in April, during which a spree-killer posing as a law enforcement officer murdered 22 people and injured three others by setting fires and shooting victims with firearms that were illegally obtained.   

(Photo: CBC News)

“These weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only — only to kill the largest amount of people in the shortest amount of time,” Trudeau said at that time.

“As of today, the market for assault weapons in Canada is closed,” Public Safety Minister Bill Blair added. “Enough is enough — banning these firearms will save Canadian lives.” 

The petition also accuses the prime minister of assaulting “Canadian democracy,” by unilaterally imposing the restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic while the Parliament was suspended.  

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At least one gun-control activist was unmoved by the support for petition, suggesting that the ban is widely popular amongst citizens.   

“Petitions are one thing. I think, what really matters, is what the public wants,” Heidi Rathjen, a survivor of the 1989 Polytechnique massacre, told the CBC. “A majority of Canadians support the ban on assault weapons. I think the Liberal government did the democratic thing when they passed these orders in council.”

“There’s no ​​​legitimate justification for allowing that kind of power in the hands of ordinary civilians. These weapons belong to the military. These are weapons of war,” Rathjen continued. 

Michelle Rempel Garner, a conservative member of Parliament, drafted the petition.  When the session resumes in the coming weeks, the Trudeau administration will have to respond to the signatories. 

Meanwhile, the clock is ticking on confiscation.  Current owners of prohibited firearms have a two-year amnesty period to figure out how to dispose of, sell, or destroy their once lawfully owned property.  

One can argue that this petition won’t be enough to immediately set things straight but at least it gets the ball rolling in the right direction. Stay tuned for updates!

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  • Alan September 18, 2020, 1:12 pm

    I am amazed at how most anti-gun nut cases and many on the right ignore the fact… gun bans will not stop an outlaw/criminal from getting and using one.

    To me that is common bloody sense.

    This false narrative that gun bans will stop killings is so childish.

    How about you nongs in government get your brain cells working.

    (a) stop pandering to the criminals with mamby pamby sentences
    (b) raise penalties for illegal use of a weapon.

    California’s “use a gun go to prison” law was great until the do gooders in the state’s legislature pushed it under the rug or something.

    Of course not all the blame lies with the goons in government. The goons that voted them deserve what they got.

  • Mark - IN. September 12, 2020, 12:21 am

    OK, someone walks up to you and says “Hand it over” and you pull your wallet out and hand over all of your money and credit cards and then walks away…and THEN you think that you’re going to get it back if you ask nicely?

    Here in America we have a 2nd Amendment that was penned specifically with the intent of hunting and killing two legged animals known as tyrants both foreign and domestic, male or female so it never gets that bad. I mean that with all seriousness.

  • Boz September 11, 2020, 4:56 pm

    The only way to “petition” to get a stoIen right back is with another gun. ƒooIs

  • kb31416 September 11, 2020, 12:41 pm

    Ah, yes. The pitiful Canadian subjects grovelling on their knees trying to get their rights back.
    Well guess what? Your queen and her little minsters probably aren’t going to grant your wish.
    I guess that we will find out if Canadians are willing to remain subjects, or if they will grow a set and become citizens. Good luck, hosers, you’re going to need it.
    (On the other had, there are a great many lakes in Canada, so I can just imagine all of the boating accidents).

  • Stan d. Upnow September 11, 2020, 12:22 pm

    “We only want ‘common-sense gun safety’ measures. Nobody wants to take your guns away.”

    Progressive-Socialists are universally consistent, if nothing else. Lying is what they do best.

    Remember what Herr Goebbels said:

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

  • Francis Miller September 11, 2020, 11:25 am

    So folks who spent money for their guns and ammo just lose the right now to own them and the investment they made and no way to defend their life! Canada was once a great place I have no desire as an American to ever go there or live there.As a US Veteran there is some US states I have no desire to live in or go there and would refuse to defend again as well.

  • Clint W. September 11, 2020, 10:36 am

    Well, all those loyal to Britain fled to Canada after the Revolution here, so I guess they want to be ruled by only one king. On the other hand, after winning the Revolution, we have allowed ourselves to be ruled by 9 Kings in the form of the Supreme Court. Most folks have no idea the SCOTUS primary function was to determine the Constitutional validity of laws, before they were passed, not after, and is designed to be the weakest of the 3 branches of government, the Legislative the most powerful…why? Because that is the one we get to put in place to represent us, and kick them out when they don’t at the voting booth. We don’t need term limits, we need an objective, unbiased media that reports the truth, and let us make up our own minds. But, I’ll be the owner of flying pigs when that happens.

  • Dave Lemay September 11, 2020, 9:19 am

    I’m American but resided in Toronto, Canada for 17 years of my adult life. In all of that time, I knew of only one individual, an ex-cop, who had guns. The average Canadian has no gun knowledge, whatsoever. Most perceive guns as the evil menace to society and will never understand that the evil comes from individuals, not inanimate objects. Prior to leaving Canada, I wished more than anything that I could have a gun for self protection. After my ex-wife emptied my house of all contents and legally stole everything, I was forced to try and reside in my empty home until I could make better plans, but I always had to worry about visitors in the night. This is Socialism and one man was able to make a unilateral decision affecting everyone. I would wager that they never get those guns back but I don’t feel sorry for people who do not fight for their rights.

  • Bob September 11, 2020, 8:52 am

    Brings a tear to your eye to think of what the Trudeau government has done to what was once a great country!

  • Carl September 11, 2020, 8:07 am

    Good luck with that all you canutes …coming to the USA if you let dem democrats in in November ..vote wisely or lose your guns …please sir may I get my guns back …..

    “If your coming for mine bring yours “

  • Ray September 11, 2020, 6:16 am

    I would not live in Canada. Nuff said.

  • Whathappenedtomycountry September 11, 2020, 5:30 am

    canadafahkinsux…but I hope they get their guns back.

  • Paul September 10, 2020, 11:12 am

    Your asses belong to the royals of England so you don’t have a say in anything! Ban Liberals and Autocrats first then you will have a chance.

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