NSSF: Canada Gun Confiscation ‘In the Coming Months’

By Larry Keane

The Great Northern Gun Grab is about to begin.

The United States’ northern neighbor is bracing for a firearm confiscation. What would seem unthinkable just a couple years ago is now planned to radically shift gun ownership on America’s doorstep in just weeks.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that sweeping new gun control laws would be coming “in months” that would drastically change how firearms are controlled in Canada. The Liberal Party leader made the unilateral announcement that the government would confiscate more than 1,500 makes and models of firearms under an expanded “assault weapon” definition. It’s an estimated 150,000-200,000 firearms.

Prime Minister Trudeau fulfilled his ill-advised promise by announcing the introduction of a bill in Canada’s Parliament, labeled C-21, that would usher in crushing gun restrictions. Included in the bill is everything from a provision to allow anyone to petition a police chief to revoke a firearm license and the courts to seize firearms for up to 30 days. The bill includes a magazine ban for handguns with a capacity greater than 10 rounds and centerfire rifle magazines with a capacity greater than five rounds. It would impose a strict regimen for those who choose not to participate in the confiscation program with onerous and nearly impossible requirements to keep their firearms. A two-year amnesty period for owners of these now-banned firearms will expire in April 2022.


The biggest concern of this gun control push is the outright confiscation of firearms by the government. Prime Minister Trudeau and his allies are labeling it as a government “buyback.” However, this is using Canadian taxpayer funds for the government to buy back something it never owned in the first place.

More shocking is that no government official will put a price tag on what this would cost. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said the government will have a better picture of the cost when it knows how many owners want to “sell” their firearms and for how much, according to a Canadian Broadcasting Channel (CBC) report. Minister Blair guessed it would run between $300-400 million if 150-200,000 gun owners demand $1,300 per firearm. Minister Blair earlier pegged the cost at $600 million.

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Critics argue the cost would be much higher. Those critics were right about Canada’s previous gun registration scheme being a colossal failure with an enormous price tag. That was pitched at costing only $2 million but ran over $2.7 billion before being scrapped. The same critics are pointing to New Zealand’s confiscation model and saying realistic estimates put the Canadian cost at $1.6-$5 billion in just the first year. That’s just administrative costs, not including the bounty Prime Minister Trudeau would pay for each firearm.


Canadians who don’t participate in surrendering their firearms to the government will be forced to endure a rigorous set of rules and inspections to keep their firearms – while they can and while they’re alive. Those who don’t hand over their firearms could keep them under strict conditions to not use, import, further acquire, sell or bequeath them. Those individuals would also be required to complete the Canadian Restricted Firearm Safety Course and upgrade their licenses to a “Restricted Possession and Acquisition Licence.” Of course, this would incur all associated course and license fees, along with registering any firearms with the Firearms Registrar, complying with enhanced storage requirements and periodically providing information on firearm storage to ensure compliance.

But Wait, There’s More

The proposed confiscation law would be so much more than just a gun grab. It would also give municipalities the option of enacting their own local ban on handguns. Some local laws might not go that far. Local laws might only regulate home storage of handguns, requiring them to be stored at shooting clubs and ranges. This would create a patchwork of differing gun control laws and pitfalls for Canadian gun owners. Enforcement would become a nightmare.

Matt DeMille of Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, told the CBC, “Adopting measures across the province in a patchwork is going to be very difficult for people to understand.” Conservative public safety critic Shannon Stubbs added, “This part of the bill doesn’t address the major problem, which is the illicit use of illegal guns in crime.”

Another provision in the bill would make it illegal to advertise a firearm that depicts violence against a person. Read strictly, that would make it a crime to advertise a gun as a self-defense tool. Instead of taking on the criminals who misuse firearms, Prime Minister Trudeau would lock up advertisers who tell his citizens they don’t have to be willing victims and can use firearms to defend themselves.

No Right, Not Right

This sounds like a dystopian fairy tale, but the reality is this is happening on the doorstep of the United States. Minister Blair made it clear why Prime Minister Trudeau is able to get away with it.

“Gun ownership in Canada, in this country, is a privilege and not a right,” Minister Blair explained to Canada’s Global News. It’s a privilege that’s predicated on the strict adherence to our laws, our regulations, and our restrictions.”

That’s not stopping opponents from saying Prime Minister Trudeau is overstepping. The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police said it won’t support a plan for handgun bans. Vancouver police chief Adam Palmer heads the organization and previously said there are laws against the illegal use of handguns. Further gun control laws won’t solve this problem.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said the handgun ban is “not going to work.” Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is critical of Prime Minister Trudeau’s gun grabs. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney denounced the moves for targeting law-abiding gun owners and not criminals. Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford said the national government should focus on enforcing laws and putting criminals behind bars, not seizing guns from law-abiding citizens.

In light of President Joe Biden’s gun control wish list, it’s worth nothing the importance of the 27 words of the Second Amendment. It’s also worth watching the cost of dollars and rights an out-of-control gun control agenda can do to a nation’s citizens.

Larry Keane is Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs and General Counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry trade association.

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{ 21 comments… add one }
  • James Hazelett March 1, 2021, 1:43 pm

    No problem, strap on a set and defend them at your front door. I won’t donate money to crooked republican politicians. Just saying.

  • Hondo February 27, 2021, 5:49 pm

    I can remember a time at a sporting event ( hockey ) being played in Montreal during the gulf war where Canadians booed the American national anthem.

    Long story short , fuck you Canada as I simply do not care.

  • pjw February 27, 2021, 1:45 am

    Please remember what are second amendment intent is for? Also we
    Americans are citizens. The citizens
    of Canada, are subject’s of the crown.
    Remember the old saying “keep your
    powder dry “. We may all consider
    taking time to pray or contemplate
    our purpose for life and our fellow
    man or woman.

  • Kane February 26, 2021, 5:58 pm

    Remember when Michael Moore was pitching the Canadian gun ownership model? I would love for him to comment on his bogus theories.

  • Chris Cook February 26, 2021, 1:29 pm

    Trudeau is a pussy…china doesn’t like that North American citizens own more firearms than the Chinese army. Trudeau is doing what China wants….$$$$$$$$

  • John Bibb February 26, 2021, 1:01 pm

    Things sure seem to have gone South in Canada since a friend and I visited Victoria, B.C. during the Seattle 1962 World’s Fair. Beautiful city! In one of the department stores sports department we saw a table full of war surplus .303 British Lee-Enfield rifles. IIRC they were about $25 bucks each, and were in good serviceable condition.
    We would have bought 2 each–except that there was a NO FOREIGN SALES! sign there, and I doubt that the U.S. Immigration check point back at the Seattle Ferry Dock would believe that we were just using the wrapped rifles as crutches either!

  • BLT February 26, 2021, 10:34 am

    All this effort, time and money going after the law-abiding citizen. Same problem here in the US. Why is it so difficult for them and ours to understand the law-abiding citizen is NOT THE PROBLEM!!!!!!!! They keep pushing and it will create more problems instead of fixing anything. They just don’t get it!!!!!

    • Boz February 26, 2021, 11:59 am

      The purpose is NOT to “fix” anything. It is NOT to save any lives. It is NOT for the children.

      They DON’T want you armed! It is to protect politicians, tyrants. THAT IS ALL.

    • Winston February 26, 2021, 12:38 pm

      One mistake many on the Right or non-Left keep making is applying reason to Neo-Left ideology and its societal deconstructionism. The Left hates with intense emotion that transcends facts, debate and historical evidence. One cannot reason with an emotionally disturbed person.

  • Muaser6863 February 26, 2021, 10:31 am

    The Canadian, British, Australian and U.S. Draconian Covid-19 lockdowns have clearly shown that all of what we think of as “Rights” are merely “Privileges” with exist solely at the discretion of the Government Criminal Class”. These Privileges can be granted or revoked at anytime and different people have to obey and live under different rules, based on political position, or wealth.

    Western Democracy has been dead for awhile, the only difference, is that now everyone knows it. Constitutions and the Rights of Man be dammed.

    It is no coincidence that Western Governments are seeking to revoke civilian ownership of firearms, as the Government Criminal Class are rightfully concerned about their continued power and physical safety, as they should be.

  • Russ February 26, 2021, 9:20 am

    The people of Canada need to rise up and take back their country from that vile scumbag Trudeau. It’s your country, not his.

  • Bob February 26, 2021, 8:44 am

    The New Zealand assault rifle confiscation program netted the government approximately one third of the estimated number of guns they were after. The Canadian gun grab won’t even be as successful as that since the majority of the rifles recently banned and being confiscated were never registered therefore the government has no idea who owns them or where they are!

  • Hold Fast February 26, 2021, 8:32 am

    I have many ancestors that came to America while it was still under King George’s control and fought in the 1st War of Independence so I have no sympathy for Canadians. America’s ancestors fought King George so they could have the freedoms we enjoy. Canada’s ancestors loyal to King George took the easy way out. You get out of a country what you put into it.

  • Lee February 26, 2021, 8:16 am

    The difference is Canada actually elected that Bieber boy excuse of a leader…. unlike our current government majority who used Venizualian style false election tactics to take control of our government.

    • Blue Dog (he/him) February 26, 2021, 1:22 pm

      No, Canada does not elect its own Prime Minister. This is what I am talking about! The Prime Minister is selected by the Governor General of Canada, who is responsible directly and only to the Queen of England. There are traditions that guide the selection of the Prime Minister, usually a leader of the majority party or coalition within the Canadian parliament, but there is no obligation for the Governor General to follow them.

      American elections… are something else. Our flawed history has made it necessary to fortify our elections and electorate from time to time against voter suppression and foreign interference. The tree of liberty must occasionally be watered with the blood of patriots.

  • Kb31416 February 26, 2021, 6:52 am

    Good story but at the end I would like to offer a correction: Canadian residents are subjects, not citizens.
    Pity them groveling before their queen and her local toady, mr Trudeau.
    Perhaps it’s time for them to use their firearms for their intended purpose

    • Kenneth Ragan February 26, 2021, 9:02 am

      That awkward moment when you realize that you are aren’t americans.

  • Whathappenedtomycountry February 26, 2021, 6:11 am


  • Blue Dog (he/him) February 24, 2021, 3:16 pm

    As much as I agree with the results, the Canadian government is so dysfunctional that the process becomes uncomfortable. I may disagree with many of the readers of this blog about the nature of rights, but even a cursory study of the functioning of the Canadian government really highlights why it was the right decision for us to rebel against England.

    • Punisher 6 February 26, 2021, 6:47 am

      Yawn. More from bd libtard troll.

  • SuperG February 24, 2021, 9:03 am

    Sieg Heil, Trudope.

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