Tag: Bill C-21

Budget Officer Says Liberals’ Gun Buyback Could Cost up to $756 Million

OTTAWA—The parliamentary budget officer says it could cost the government $756 million to buy back guns now prohibited in the country, depending on how many there are in Canada and how the Liberals structure the program. The high-end buyback figure is the budget officer’s estimate for how much it would cost for the government to…


Commons Committee Censures Firearms Group Over ‘Dangerous’ Comments

A parliamentary committee has censured a firearms group over “dangerous” comments made by its president, an accusation he rejects, about the federal government’s recent gun control legislation. The Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security voted on Feb. 22 to condemn comments made by Sheldon Clare, president of the National Firearms Association (NFA), on…


Federal Gun Bill Raises Constitutional Questions on Jurisdiction

New federal legislation to further restrict long guns would allow municipalities to have their own gun bylaws, while legislative attempts in Alberta and Saskatchewan to keep municipalities from enacting such laws have raised constitutional questions. Bill C-21, tabled on Feb. 16, amends federal firearms laws. Although the sweeping legislation doesn’t cover handguns, it empowers municipalities…


Confiscating Firearms From Law-Abiding Owners Won’t Solve Gun Violence

Commentary The Liberal government introduced Bill C-21 in Parliament this week claiming that it would combat gun violence and keep Canadian communities safe. This is difficult to believe, because none of its provisions address violent crime or deal with the violent misuse of firearms. It does increase the maximum penalty for non-violent firearms crimes from 10…


Advocates of Gun Rights and Gun Control React to New Firearms Bill

The federal government proposed new gun control legislation Tuesday that would introduce the long-anticipated buy-back program for recently barred firearms. Bill C-21, which comes nine months after the Liberal government announced a ban on the use, sale, and importation of “assault-style” weapons, will also allow municipalities to ban handguns, and increases criminal penalties for gun…