Two days ago, Minister of Justice Tyler Shandro issued a statement on the federal firearms confiscation program.
“Last week, Minister Mendicino admitted that the federal government has still not figured out how to implement their firearms confiscation program," explained Shandro. “This admission comes shortly after the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police called on the federal government not to use police services to confiscate firearms."
According to Shandro, media reports have drawn attention to a federal government memo that outlines Minister Mendicino’s plans to confiscate firearms across Canada.
“The memo admits that efforts to find private sector companies to implement the federal firearms confiscation program failed this summer."
Shandro finds no private sector companies are willing to participate, and that the memo outlines how the RCMP will first be deployed to Prince Edward Island (PEI), which has been deemed to be an easy ‘low-risk’ target.
“The federal government is treating PEI as a ‘pilot’ that will help them learn on the job as they implement their confiscation plan through trial and error."
Minister Shandro also pointed out that the program is expected to cost a billion dollars or more and has supposedly been in the works for three years.
“Despite a mountain of money and years' worth of lead time, Ottawa appears to be lost – especially given their latest attack on hunting rifles and shotguns – at minimum, they should proactively extend the amnesty that is currently scheduled to end in October 2023.
Shandro finished off by saying that such a decision would involve showing Canadian firearms owners a measure of decency.
"[This is] something that Minister Mendicino and this federal government are seemingly incapable of.”
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