In the wake of a ban being implemented on various firearms back in May of 2020, the Canadian public has only handed over about 160 firearms to government officials, which is an insanely small amount when you take into consideration that the preliminary government estimation showed there to be between 90,000 and 105,000 newly outlawed firearms owned in Canada.
“Only 160 firearms that the Liberal government prohibited more than a year and a half ago have been deactivated or surrendered, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP),” reported iPolitics last Friday.
“The Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) can confirm that, as of Dec. 9, 2021, 18 firearms (formerly classified as restricted) affected by the May 1, 2020, Order in Council (OIC) have been deactivated,” stated RCMP headquarters spokeswoman Sgt. Caroline Duval in a released given to iPolitics.
“In addition, there have been 142 OIC-affected firearms recorded as surrendered to a public agency for destruction since May 1, 2020,” continued the spokeswoman.
Officials with the RCMP seemed to think that Canadians are just waiting for a once-promised gun buyback program to go live from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau before they take steps to comply.
“If an individual or business were to relinquish a newly prohibited firearm or device before the implementation of the buyback program, they won’t be eligible for compensation once the program is announced,” claimed RCMP to iPolitics this past week. “Government officials are currently in the process of refining requirements and developing program design and implementation options for a buyback program.”
In a report sent out by The Reload, there was cited various issues with the plan from Canada to collect these newly outlawed, but legally purchased, firearms from its citizens, making note of the “hesitancy” of these gun owners to hand them in:
The announcement comes as the April 2022 deadline for the “assault weapon” confiscation order rapidly approaches. The Canadian government’s plan to collect the affected weapons has been rife with problems since it was announced. Consulting fees and enforcement planning have resulted in a bloated budget before even a single weapon has been “bought back,” and a concrete plan for the buyback program is yet to be finalized. It now appears affected gun owners are hesitant to give up their guns. … With such a low rate of gun owners relinquishing their weapons up to this point, further doubt has been cast on the feasibility of making gun owners comply by the April 30, 2022 deadline.
“If a significant number do not turn in their guns over the next four months, the government will have to decide whether to take criminal action against Canadian gun owners for keeping guns they legally purchased,” continued The Reload.