Canada Relaxes Firearms Ownership & Acquisition Rules

06-22-15 Common Sense Firearms

Bill C-42, the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act, received Royal Assent on June 18, 2015. This legislation amends the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code. The associated news release is available at: The Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act receives Royal Assent.

As of September 2, two new provisions of the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act have come into force that relax firearms ownership and acquisition rules in Canada.

Incidentally, my local firearms dealer was not even aware of these new dispositions when I visited him last week to inquire about this.

By the way, this local dealer confirmed what I recently reported regarding supplies of certain ammunition such as the .22 caliber being scarce in Canada because of unusually high demand in the United States, either from the US Army, DHS, or the American citizenry – or all of them.

Elimination Of Dual-License System

Following on the dismantling of the Canadian Firearms Registry program back in 2012, the Canadian Government is now simplifying its dual-license system, eliminating all Possession Only Licences (POL) and converting them into Possession and Acquisition Licences (PALs).

Canadians who have a valid POL are immediately allowed to acquire firearms for the classes of firearms they have on their POL, and they will be issued a PAL when they renew their license. An amnesty program has also been put in place for individuals whose licenses have expired and who “are attempting to come back into firearms licensing compliance”, says the RCMP’s website.

Furthermore, with this new disposition you are not required to take classroom safety training when your POL is converted to a PAL, which was the case until now if you wanted to convert your POL into a PAL.

The second new disposition that came into force September 2 also greatly simplifies the requirements for the transport of certain firearms for “routine and lawful activities”. You can find all the details in the RCMP’s Questions and Answers section.

Canada Goes In Opposite Direction To US

What strikes me the most about these new dispositions is that they are diametrically opposed to what is going for our neighbors to the South in the United States, where the Federal administration seems hell-bent on trampling the US Constitution’s Second Amendment that protects the right of the American people to keep and bear arms.

I recently mused about the reasons behind Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to launch the longest Canadian election campaign in recent history. And now with these new firearms regulations he goes contrary to the American Government’s policy of disarming its citizenry, actually making it far easier for Canadians to acquire firearms, just as time seems to be getting short in preparation for the looming global collapse.

Putting Silver Into The Hands Of The Canadian People

The Royal Canadian Mint seems to value silver at $100 CA an once, which is the base line of its silver coins exchange program.

Over the last 3 or 4 years, the Royal Canadian Mint has also taken measures that seem intent on helping the common man and woman protect themselves in an eventual crisis by making it easy and cheap to acquire pure silver coins through its extremely popular silver coin exchange program, offering silver coins at face value (with free shipping) in denominations of $20, $50, $100 and even $200 coins, based on a $100/ounce value.

By the way, the Royal Canadian Mint is a Canadian Crown Corporation, 100% owned by the Government of Canada, which is its sole shareholder. This leads me to believe that if the RCM has adopted a policy of putting silver into the hands of the public, these directives must have come from higher up in the food chain.

All this makes me wonder – is Harper actually one of the goods guys, looking up for the Canadian people in view of what is globally coming down the pipe?

Henri Thibodeau

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