Although there are strict regulations on firearms in Canada, a gun culture still thrives in the country. However, there are important differences in how such a culture manifests in Canada and here in America.
In the United States, citizens have a Constitutionally protected right to own guns, but are worried for good reason about how how those rights may be restricted should politics allow for legislation to limit the rights as defined by the Founding Fathers.
It is important for responsible gun owners to be adamant in their opposition to oppressive gun laws being incorporated in the U.S. Such laws might make sense in Canada or European countries, but simply won’t work in the United States — here’s why.
In Canada, firearm regulations are designed for the convenience of gun owners who shoot for hunting or sport purposes rather than personal or home defense. Non-restricted rifles are suitable for hunting, limited to a five-round magazine. Restricted weapons include handguns, because they have an overall length less than 26 inches and a barrel length less than 18 inches, and any rifle meeting those criteria is also restricted along with certain specific civilian versions of military weapons.
Prohibited weapons in Canada also include pistols under certain size definitions, fully automatic rifles, and some rifles designated by name.
The designations mean that with a non-restricted rifle can be used for hunting or target shooting anywhere it is legal to do so, and transported there while unloaded and locked in the trunk. If there is no trunk, it has to be covered, out of sight, and out of convenient reach.
Restricted weapons can’t be used for hunting, but only at an approved range and can only be transported there with authorization. Prohibited weapons are only allowed through a grandfather clause, but are to be destroyed rather than inherited when the owner dies.
Canadian gun laws won’t work in the United States, primarily because of the gun culture and the number of guns already owned by the citizenry. There simply is not an efficient way to incorporate a registry which is required for the Canadian laws to work.
Another reason such laws won’t work is that the U.S. government isn’t allowed to take personal property, even an inheritance. Inheritance can be taxed, but a special tax on guns would put an undue burden on poor people, defining a class system of who can and can’t have guns. Again, there is also the issue that even with a registry reporting would have to be voluntary. There is no way to enforce the code, because there are too many guns for officials to have the resources to address.
Fortunately for liberty-minded Americans and gun owners throughout the country, the United States is probably safe from Canada-style gun control for the time being. Implementing such an extensive change would prompt serious constitutional arguments — and that’s a good thing.
~ Firearm Daily