Feds overhaul gun laws with new 'common sense' firearms act

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POWASSAN, Ont. - Gun laws in Canada are getting a major overhaul.

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney announced a new "Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act" here Wednesday, designed to cut red tape for legal gun owners.

He also said owning a gun was a "right, and it's a right that comes with responsibilities."

The act would limit the powers of provincial chief firearms officers, make all firearm licenses possession-and-acquisition (PAL) licenses, make it easier for legal gun owners to transport restricted firearms around their home province, provide a grace period to renew expired gun licenses, make the gun safety course mandatory for new shooters, and crack down further on domestic abusers owning guns.

"These measures would streamline licensing and eliminate needless red tape for law-abiding gun owners," Blaney said. "Those who have shown a pattern of violent behaviour should not be able to possess firearms. These are the people we should focus our gun control efforts on."

In 2012, the Tories scrapped the controversial long gun registry.

Since then, some provincial chief firearms officers have angered gun owners with stiff arbitrary measures under a clause that allows them to attach "any reasonable condition" they see fit to gun licenses, business licenses and permits to transport restricted guns.

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It appears to be a good start. I will leave the final judgement until this fall, when the bill actually comes out.

This is simply common sense.........only one license, and authorizations to transport that are province wide, as well as mandated safety courses and the effective defanging of provincial Chief Firearms Officers, who have NO business fooling with the criminal code.

What they left out are the idiotic classification of firearms into "prohibited" class. If a firearm is semi-auto, it is not an automatic, simple as that. And the barrel and caliber restrictions on handguns are so silly............as well as the seizure of same bought in good faith is outrageous.

The Conservatives are playing to the base on this one.....and good for them.

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