The federal government has tabled and given royal assent to new legislative measures that will weaken our Canadian laws even more.
The Harper Government has been fast-tracking Bill C-42 (“Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act”) to the point that it became law before the summer break. It intends to relax controls on handguns, assault weapons as well as on gun owner licenses. It will also allow politicians – instead of qualified members of the RCMP – to determine which weapons are prohibited or restricted, increasing gun industry and the gun lobby influence over public safety decisions. It is yet again weakening our hard earned and long standing controls on firearms. Although more than 30 women’s groups across Canada have united their voices in a joint brief to advise the federal government and opposition members about the impact of Bill C-42 on women’s safety, their concerns have remained ignored. By fast-tracking this Bill, the Conservatives have prevented a detailed assessment of its impact on public safety.
Tabled May 5 and given the royal assent on June 23, Bill C-59 (Omnibus Act) prevents any request for information access on the registry since October 25, 2011 and prohibits any possible lawsuit against a body that has refused and / or will refuse to provide access to information on the registry.
In the same vein, Bill C-637, tabled last November, intend to allow anyone with a rifle/gun/compressed air gun to not be subject to storage and transport measurements on firearms as part of the Firearms Act of Canada. It must be noted that the Association of the Provincial Police of Quebec (APPQ) has emphasized that compressed air guns are not harmless weapons. Indeed, they can cause serious injury, thus they are dangerous weapons because they can be confused with more powerful guns in face-to-face situations.