Thursday, December 6, 2012
Conservatives consider loosening firearms restrictions
This is not a good idea.
I do not have a problem with guns -- they are an integral part of Canada's history and living heritage.
That said there is really no reason for ordinary citizens to have access to assault weapons or handguns. More, even totally legitimate guns (shotguns for example) must be treated with respect and governed closely. I am dealing with a tragic matter presently where easy access to weapons turned what could have been a punch up between young men into death and terror for an entire community.
Let's be cautious about loosening the gun laws -- Canada's murder rate by firearms is the lowest it has been in decades -- that suggests the present regime is working well and if it ain't broke... .
OTTAWA — The federal Conservatives are considering sweeping recommendations from an influential government firearms advisory committee to loosen Canada’s gun control laws, the Star has learned.
The proposed changes would touch on many of the remaining restrictions on firearms and critics say would pose a risk to public safety.
The proposals include getting rid of the “prohibited” category of firearms and reclassifying weapons such as certain handguns and assault weapons as “restricted” only, and extending the duration of owner licences from five to 10 years — a move the RCMP warns would strip away an important safety check