May 1, 2023

Today, Minister Mendicino announced the tabling of new amendments to be introduced into Bill C-21. These amendments include enshrining a technical definition of “assault-style firearm” into the criminal code. This technical definition will include:

– a firearm that is not a handgun and that
– discharges centre fire ammunition;
– functions in a semi-automatic manner; and
– was originally designed with a detachable magazine with a capacity of six cartridges or more

This definition will cover firearms designed and manufactured after Bill C-21 comes into force. It will not impact the classification of existing firearms on the Canadian market currently.

These new amendments will also require long-gun magazines to be permanently altered so they cannot accept more than 5 rounds and will also prohibit the sale or transfer of magazines capable of holding more than 5 rounds.

An Order in Council will also be tabled that will require firearm manufacturers to classify firearms prior to introducing them to the market.

The Canadian Firearms Advisory Council will also be reintroduced as soon as the summer of 2023. It will be made up of industry leaders, rural, indigenous and remote communities, and “gun control” advocates. This committee will help guide the classification of firearms.

The Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA)  is disappointed the Federal government continues to misuse valuable resources attacking the legal firearms community. These resources would prove far more effective if directed toward enhancing youth programs, law enforcement budgets, and Canada Border Service initiatives.

We do not believe further restrictions and/or prohibitions to the current legal supply chain will enhance public safety. The only outcome of these restrictions is a negative impact to legal firearms businesses. We remain committed to protecting jobs in our industry and to ensuring the outcome of policy decisions does not create undue strain for business across Canada.

The CSAAA requests representation on the proposed advisory committee and the ability to consult on any future legislation and/or regulations related to Federal firearms policy.

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