PETITION ON BILL C-21

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.

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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.

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