Canada’s Liberal Party has introduced a bill to amend acts and regulations related to firearms with the goal of making the pubic more safe and to get firearms out of the hands of gang members and other criminals, thus reducing crime and gun violence. What the legislation actually does is impact law-abiding licensed gun owners while doing nothing to address crime and gun violence. If enacted, the new bill will:

  • Require that anyone selling a non-restricted firearm call the Registrar of Firearms with the purchaser’s firearms licence information and obtain a reference number that will be associated with the sale.
  • Require businesses that sell firearms to log specific information about the sale of a non-restricted firearm for a minimum of 20 years.
  • Require a separate short term authorization to transport a restricted firearm to a gunsmith or gun show.
  • Put the control of classifying firearms back into the hands of the RCMP.

The Federal government has also consented to providing Quebec with a copy of the old firearms registry should Quebec ask for it.

Full text of Bill C-71

Status of the bill and debate.

What can you do?

Sign the petition against bill C-71

Send a letter to the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. (cc MP Bob Zimmer)

The Honourable Ralph Goodale

House of Commons Ottawa, ON

K1A 0A6

Example letter

You can use the letter as is, edit it to suit your needs, or write a new letter of your own — in any case, make sure you let Minister Goodale know how you feel. Your self-addressed envelope does not require a postage stamp.