Well, it’s official — Canada loves its right to bear arms just as much as Americans do.
All kidding aside, Canada is a country with a rich history of hunting and shooting sports, so it’s only natural that they would cherish their gun ownership. That ownership is in peril now that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, wants to take away an estimated two million firearms from law-abiding citizens all over the country.
His plan isn’t going well. Not only can the authorities not figure out how to get people to give up their guns, but they have also realized that it will cost too much money and time to have the Royal Candanian Mounted Police commit to this disastrous project.
The New Canadian Gun Control Policy
In May 2020, Trudeau declared an executive action that banned 1,500 models of so-called “assault-style” weapons. This came in response to a tragic event in Nova Scotia where a man killed 22 people. The police never said specifically what type of weapon he used, but alluded to the fact that it was with different semi-automatic handguns and rifles.
The new ban on some of those weapons are definitely the ones used in the murders, according to a statement that Trudeau made.
The Plan Will Pay Gun Owners for Their Weapons
The order has a stipulation that allows gun owners are giving up their firearms compensation. The government is trying to come up with a $250 million buyback program, although so far Trudeau isn’t really sure where that money is going to come from. With the amount of guns owned in Canada, experts are saying that the government will need a lot more money to complete an actual buyback program — more in the range of $600 million to $2.7 billion.
What the National Police Union of Canada Thinks
Canada’s National Police Federation is against the order to confiscate guns because they don’t believe it will have any impact on crime rates. They would rather the government comes up with better laws to get to the source of where the crimes are actually coming from. The guns themselves owned by lawfully-abiding citizens surely aren’t the problem.
There is a challenge to Trudeau’s order that will be decided in a higher Canadian court in January. So, it remains to be seen whether or not Canadians will actually have to give up their guns yet. A lot of Canadians probably wish they had a Second Amendment right now…