Letter: New firearms legislation only punishes law-abiding citizens

The editor:

In regards to the recent announcement by the federal government about the banning of many types of firearms, most in the sport shooting and hunting fraternity were taken aback by the absolutely ridiculous idea that taking firearms out of the hands of legitimate, law-abiding firearms owners will somehow take firearms out of the hands of criminals.

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What are these guys thinking? This was done by order-in-council and not even put before the House of Commons, which in itself is a ridiculous thing to do with a major piece of legislation. Most likely it’s political posturing and catering to the big cities like Toronto and Montreal, where they know nothing about the shooting sports and only believe firearms are for police and military.

And, of course, that’s where the votes are, is the big cities.

Many firearm related groups such as the National Firearms Association (NFA) are now taking the cause to the courts and, of course, this costs money. Groups such as the NFA are gladly taking donations to fight this. 

Hopefully some common sense will come of this but I wouldn’t count on it until a more firearms-friendly government can be elected. 

Let’s hope that happens sooner rather than later.

 

Gray Cowan,

Alida

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