Petition Against Canadian Gun Ban Makes History
By Ben Philippi
Two Canadian shooters enjoy their AR-15s.
On Feb. 6, 2020, the petition against the Liberal’s proposed ban of”military assault rifles’ closed with record results. The petition, E-2341, which opened on Dec. 17, 2019, garnered a total of 175,310 signatures — the most signatures for any type of petition in the history of Canada.
If passed, the government would begin a buyback program much like New Zealand despite the fact that Public Safety Canada still has no legal definition as to what a “military assault rifle” is. The Liberals, meanwhile, have repeatedly emphasized a ban would not target hunters.
The Minister of Public Safety, Bill Blair, has estimated that a buyback program would cost between $400 to $600 million. According to studies, there are approximately 250,000 semi-automatic rifles owned in Canada, though they are already heavily regulated. Owning an AR-15 in Canada requires a restricted license and the owner can only shoot at a licensed gun club.
Critics of the ban feel the government should focus on fighting actual crime instead of removing guns from law-abiding Canadians.
“Let’s do things that are going to make a difference for targeting criminals and not the law-abiding Canadians by putting hundreds of millions, potentially billions of dollars, into programs that deter kids