'Total betrayal.' Gun control activist react to Trudeau's gun buyback scheme

Canada introduces new gun buy-back program as firearms legislation tabled

Canada introduces new gun buy-back program as firearms legislation tabled

The federal government is moving forward with its promise to impose stricter gun laws today and will implement a voluntary buyback program to purchase now-prohibited firearms in the "coming months".

The Liberals will also complete the prohibition of assault-style firearms to ensure these weapons can not be legally used, transported, sold, transferred, or bequeathed by individuals in Canada.

C-21 would also allow municipalities to ban guns, handguns in particular, on their territory. "My family and I have fought for three decades to ban these weapons", said Suzanne Laplante Edward, whose daughter Anne-Marie was one of 14 young women shot and killed at Polytechnique on December 6, 1989.

In May of 2020, the Liberals announced a ban on the use, sale and importation of more than 1,500 makes and models of what the government refers to as military-grade "assault-style weapons".

The legislation would also allow municipalities to create by-laws restricting handguns, and increase penalties for gun smuggling and trafficking.

"We're backing up the cities with serious federal and criminal penalties to enforce these bylaws, including jail time for people who violate these municipal rules", said Trudeau.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just announced Bill C-21 in a press conference, joined by Bill Blair, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, who had tabled the bill in the House of Commons this morning, as well as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland and others.

Reacting to the news, the CCFR denounced the legislation as political pandering, adding that it will do little to curb gun violence across the country. People who had legally bought these firearms prior to the ban were given an amnesty while the government figured out what to do next. They lied. They lied to us.

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"When it comes to keeping Canadians safe from gun violence, we need more than thoughts and prayers - we need concrete action", the prime minister said.

The federal conservatives and firearms rights groups have opposed the gun ban and the buyback saying they punish legal gun owners and don't do enough to battle the flow of illegal guns entering the country.

He said that he expects many owners will be inclined to surrender their guns, given they've been rendered legally useless.

The new bill, which expanded gun safety measures the Liberals brought down last May in the wake of a deadly mass shooting in Nova Scotia, eliminated a mandatory scheme that would have compelled owners of assault-style rifles to give them up in return for cash compensation.

"And they have one goal, and one goal only: protecting you, your family, and your community".

Trudeau said Canadian officials studied gun buyback schemes operated by other countries, including New Zealand.

"This is a comprehensive bill that, if enacted, will save lives", said Dr. Najma Ahmed, co-Chair of the CDPG and a trauma surgeon at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.

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