Mounties trample gun owners


The RCMP recently reclassified the Swiss Arms Classic Green carbine as a prohibited weapon. With the stroke of a pen, the Mounties essentially criminalized more than 1,000 Canadians who own the weapon. How or why they did this remains confusing and, as yet, unanswered by the RCMP.

This was done without the consideration of the federal government, responsible for changes to the Criminal Code of Canada and the Firearms Act, which defines what is a restricted weapon and what is a prohibited weapon. On the surface, this seems to be a dramatic overreach. The RCMP was given the responsibility for administration of the Firearms Act in 2006.

Administration is one thing — deciding what should or should not be legal is a whole other kettle of fish.

The police are not legislators. Our system of government requires that we elect MPs and the party with the most members in the House of Commons forms government. The government has the right and responsibility to enact legislation that the RCMP are to enforce. They cannot and should not have the legal ability to decide themselves what should or should not be criminalized.


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