Skip to comments.Tories won't force gun owners to lock up ammo(Canada)
Posted on 04/09/2012 6:49:24 AM PDT by marktwain
The federal government will not go ahead with a proposed rule requiring ammunition to be kept locked up, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said Thursday.
At present, guns must be locked, but not ammunition. The proposed regulations - to do with storage of explosives - would have required all gun owners to install a locking box or safe in their homes.
National Firearms Association president Blair Hagen said gun owners are "very gratified" to hear Toews' pledge, and feel reassured the sweeping regulatory changes will not proceed as published. "After they were published in the Canada Gazette there was a rather large outcry from the firearms community about this," he said.
"There was great alarm about these regulations, especially storage of ammunition."
Toews said he was not aware of the proposal - which did not fall under his department - until this week.
"That was a discussion I think mainly inside the bureaucracy," he added. "I just reiterate, those are not regulations that will proceed as proposed."
"We won't move forward with any regulations that impose unnecessary or arbitrary regulations on law-abiding firearms owners while ensuring the safety of Canadians," added Carly Wolff, a spokeswoman for Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver. "These regulations are currently in a consultative period."
The proposals were part of a pack-age of regulations aimed at updating a set of rules from 1920 that regulate sale and storage of explosives. The parts that upset gun owners included restrictions on ammunition of .50-cal-ibre or larger and on black powder used in antique weapons.
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We went to Vancouver two years ago. At the border crossing, we were asked if we had any guns with us, (no). Then the nosy guard kept on asking questions, “did we have any guns at home?”, “were they locked”, “could the kids get them?”, and on and on. Without thinking, we answered yes to the first question. She then proceeded to lecture us Americans about eeevil guns. I told hubby to suck it up and be polite and just get across the border or the vaca is ruined. (We were driving to our cruise.)
I would have be sorely tempted to answer in the thickest "Beverly Hillbillies" accent I could muster. "Course they ain't locked and course' the younguns can get em! How's 7 year old Billy-Bob and 10 Year old Bubba suppose to fend off the revenuers and hunt their supper, while's we on our trip way up north?"
“At present, guns must be locked”
Have the criminals complied?
Hubby was all for arguing with the border guard, but I had to grab his arm ans whisper to him to let it go or we would miss our cruise.
I had a similar experience in the UK in the early 1990s. It was a Security Guard that started in on me about the gun violence in the US.
I had to point out to him that the building on the next block was hit a truck bomb (Lorry bomb) by the IRA a week before, and that I have never been on the wrong end of a gun.
I also surmised that there were parts of London (Slough comes to mind) that one would not venture into late at night, even in a country without guns. You don’t need a gun to kill someone.
I honestly don’t think he had ever thought of it that way. Perspective is everything when it comes to opinions.
When we crossed the border on I-5, the Canadian border guards spotted the NRA sticker on our truck and gave us the TSA treatment! Despite our denial of having any weapons we were pulled over into the inspection area.
They completely tore the truck apart looking for anything they could charge us with. They then proceeded to take us into their headquarters and partially stripped searched us!
They had to let us proceed after coming up empty. Never again will my family or I spend a dime there, let alone cross that border again!