Canada Considers “Easing” Gun Laws – Officials Fear “US Style” of Gun Rights Would Follow

August 6 2014
by GSL Staff
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Oh Canada. Your elected officials never cease to amaze me.

It seems that our neighbor to the north is considering easing gun control laws. What does easing mean? Well, it seems that in Canada whenever a gun owner in Canada wants to leave their house with a gun, they have to ask permission. Every. Time.

From The Guardian,

Currently, gun owners in P.E.I., Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick must apply for an Authorization To Transfer (ATT) if they wish to carry a restricted or prohibited gun from one location to another.

Restricted firearms are mainly handguns while prohibited firearms are mostly assault rifles and some handguns with smaller calibres and smaller barrels.

An ATT is required to take restricted and prohibited firearms anywhere whether it’s from the shop where they are purchased to the new owner’s home, to a repair shop or to gun range.

Proposed changes would get rid of this requirement for licensed gun owners. However, at least one Prince Edward Island official is afraid that might bring about a “US Style” of gun rights. Also from The Guardian,

Vivian Hayward says she knows very little about the changes, as the province has not been consulted on the proposed federal Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act. But from what she has read in media reports, Hayward says she is concerned over the proposed easing of restrictions for firearms transportation.

“(It’s) just basically one step away from the U.S.-style having the gun on their hip authorization to carry, which people in this country don’t have,” Hayward said.

First off, there is a pretty big difference between having the ability to transport a firearm from your home to another legal place and carrying a loaded firearm in a holster on your hip. Even if it did open the doors for carry in Canada that is a great thing in my opinion.

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