Canadian gun rights group seeks to extend AR-15 amnesty

Canadian gun rights group seeks to extend AR-15 amnesty
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The idea of gun rights works differently in most other nations. Places like Canada don’t really have any constitutional protections for gun rights. Some sort of do–Mexico pays lip service to it but leaves the door open to restrictions–but most don’t even bother.


As a result, the current Canadian jihad against the venerable AR-15 platform has continued. It’s just a matter of time before the only ones left in private hands there will belong to outright criminals.

But a gun rights group up that way is seeking to at least extend the amnesty period on the rifles.

With just six weeks left before amnesty granted under a May 2020 firearms prohibition expires, a Canadian firearm owners’ advocacy group is planning to take the federal government to court.

The injunction, expected to be filed on Friday, comes courtesy of the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights (CCFR,) who say it’s time the Trudeau Liberals stop leaving scores of Canadian gun owners wondering if their collections will be illegal by Halloween.

“The criminality of hundreds of thousands of Canadians, through no fault of their own, is at risk here,” said coalition spokesperson Tracey Wilson.


“I don’t think it’s appropriate for the government to play politics and leave everyone hanging in the breeze, trying to figure out if they’re exposed to a 10-year prison sentence.”

An order-in-council introduced by now-ousted Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino on May 1, 2020, reclassified a number of commonly owned firearms as prohibited, including variants of the AR-15 long rifle, the Ruger Mini-14, M14, SIG’s MCX and MPX family of firearms, and any firearm capable of muzzle energies greater than 10,000 joules.

A mandated grace period, which has already been extended once, is set to expire on Oct. 30.

While owners of these firearms can still possess them, the order prohibits owners from transferring them to somebody else.


Yet there’s a problem. It seems a lot of people in Canada don’t understand just where the lines are drawn or what they’re supposed to do. The Canadian government didn’t exactly trip over itself to inform anyone of anything on this, so now folks are kind of confused.

Frankly, I’m disgusted that there was any need for an amnesty period at all.

Ordinary Canadians aren’t violent people. They should be able to enjoy their gun rights just as we do here in the United States.

Unfortunately, they don’t have the safeguards we do.

Those are the same safeguards that many want to undermine, to strip away and toss into the dustbin of history. Canada doesn’t have them and if these folks get their way, we wouldn’t either.

Yet, unfortunately, Canada isn’t likely to get them before Halloween and so thousands of gun owners are left wondering if they’re going to become criminals overnight.

The thing is, though, filing for the amnesty feels like the kind of first step a nation would take if they were eventually going to confiscate all such weapons. After all, if you know who has them, you know who to take them from.


Under the circumstances, I won’t blame anyone who just opts to lay low.

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