The Chairman of the Saskatchewan Recreational Firearms Community calls Bill C-71 “a backdoor registry”.
Bill C-71 is the Liberal’s gun legislation that, if approved, would require Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) owners to be verified by the Canadian Firearms Centre (CFC) for every firearms transaction they make, whether it be in a store or privately with individuals.
After the purchase has been verified, a reference number is given.
“And the dealer or seller is going to become the administrator of the registration of the firearm,” said Greg Illerbrun, who also read a quote from the Public Safety Canada notes.
“Sales records will provide police with a tool to track systematically a firearm used in the commission of a crime. So they’re going to use the reference number, and the records kept by the dealer to track firearms, which is exactly what the registration system did before, only the Canadian Firearms Centre administered both halves of it.”
Bill C-71 would also allow the RCMP to examine an aspiring gun owner’s entire life for potential red flags, such as mental health, criminal record, and addiction. Currently the RCMP can only review the previous 5 years.
He says it’s a major concern and urges other gun owners to talk to their local M-P’s.
“This is directly going to effect every firearm owner in the country and its going to be very negative. They’ve already said they’re going to introduce a bunch of bans on firearms, and they’re going to use the RCMP to make those decisions. The RCMP aren’t accountable to anybody, like there’s no way you can protest or anything because it’s the RCMP doing it.”
Illerbrun says they, along with other recognized firearm groups, were never asked for their input.
“We were kept in the dark until the day the press release came,” he said. “And then we had to wait a few days to get the information to study it, so no input from firearms owners whatsoever on this bill.”