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Canadian Feds get a FU from provinces on gun confiscation

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So it becan with one province(Alberta) and now 2(Manitoba ans Saskatchewan) other provinces  have joined in and sent letters to the Feds opting out using provincial resources to confiscate guns from legal law abiding.

from- https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/liberal-minister-accuses-alberta-of-abdication-for-resisting-gun-buybacks/ar-AA12mILA

Liberal minister accuses Alberta of 'abdication' for resisting gun buybacks

Ryan Tumilty - Yesterday 3:13 p.m.

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OTTAWA – Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said his government will go ahead with plans for a mandatory gun buyback program, over the objections of Alberta’s justice minister, who has said he would see to it that police in his province, including the RCMP, would not take part in the effort.

Alberta Justice Minister Tyler Shandro announced Monday he would reject the Liberals’ plans to enforce the collection of privately owned weapons for buyback, including by directing the RCMP in the province not to enforce the new legislation. He said there are much more important issues to address right now.

“It’s important to remember that Alberta taxpayers pay over $750 million per year for the RCMP and we will not tolerate taking officers off the streets in order to confiscate the property of law-abiding firearms owners.”

Mendicino wrote to Shandro last month asking for assistance implementing the government’s proposed buyback program, which aims to take what the Liberals call “assault-style” firearms out of private hands. Mendicino said Shandro simply can’t ignore a federal law because he doesn’t agree with it.

“To simply issue a letter saying we’re going to resist, we’re not going to co-operate with the federal government is wrong,” he said. “It’s an abdication of responsibility. It’s an abdication, because it suggests that any province has the ability to opt out of a federal law when it relates to firearms.”

The Liberals used an order in council to reclassify the weapons as prohibited, and beginning this fall the government will offer what they have determined to be the fair market rate for the guns. The government published a list of compensation rates earlier this summer.

Shandro announced the Alberta government would also join legal challenges against the federal government’s gun legislation that have been working through the courts.

The Liberals program aims to buyback 1,500 models of firearms the government has described as “assault style.” Mendicino said regulating firearms is squarely in the purview of the federal government and Shandro should work with the Liberals on the program instead of fighting them.

“The courts have repeatedly held this is an issue that falls within the jurisdiction of the federal government. And therefore it is our hope and our expectation that we will work collaboratively with all provinces and territories,” Mendicino said.

He said he has no doubts police forces across Alberta will take part in the program.

“We would expect that any law on the books will be enforced, by law enforcement,” Mendicino said.

The RCMP in Alberta act as the province’s police force outside of Calgary and Edmonton and the provincial government covers 70 per cent of the costs of the force.

Shandro said the contract the province has with the RCMP allows them to object when RCMP resources are being used for laws the province doesn’t support and they are invoking that provision of the contract.

Shandro said the RCMP’s senior officer in Alberta doesn’t support using his officers but an RCMP spokesperson would not confirm this when reached on Wednesday.

Shandro argued the Liberals’ entire gun control agenda is driven by politics instead of any real public safety needs and Alberta won’t help with that effort.

“While the federal government has labeled them as, in their words, ’assault style,’ that’s a label designed to scare Canadians who are unfamiliar with firearms. It’s a description based purely on their appearance,” he said. “This is politically motivated, confiscation, pure and simple. One that will do nothing to make Alberta a safer place.”

The Liberals brought in the new rules shortly after the 2020 Nova Scotia mass shooting, although the weapons used by the gunman were all either already illegal or illegally obtained and three were smuggled in from the United States.

Mendicino defended the buyback program, arguing it specifically targets weapons that were used in deadly shootings.

“Assault style rifles are not used for hunting. They’re used and were designed to exert the most amount of lethal force in the shortest period of time.”


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I see that Canadian liars use the same terms that are used here in the USA. It's not a gun buyback, that makes it sound like the go'vermin somehow had something to do with putting the firearms "out there". It's a mandatory compensated confiscation but that doesn't sound as touchy feely as a buyback.

Not used for hunting... oh really? 

Good for the resisting provinces!

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