We want to bring your immediate attention to a critical issue that will significantly impact our industry.
Firearm marking regulations were initially introduced in the 1990s, but through rigorous consultation with the CSAAA and industry advocates, these regulations have been continuously deferred since. These regulations require firearms to be marked with unique identifiers other than the serial number that already serves that purpose.
The current amnesty period for compliance with these regulations is set to expire on December 1, 2023. If this amnesty is not extended, it will result in the suspension of many firearm imports.
It is imperative that we continue to advocate for the extension of the amnesty period for the firearm marking regulations. These regulations, as currently formulated, are not only unworkable but also pose significant burdens to businesses within the firearm industry, resulting in widespread disruption and substantial financial losses. We must emphasize that this is not a pending proposal; it is already law, and the implications are deeply concerning.
For several months, our efforts to address this matter seemed to fall on deaf ears. However, we are pleased to report that we have finally made Public Safety aware of the gravity of this issue. Despite this progress, there remains a pressing concern that demands our immediate attention.
Our biggest concern is the absence of confirmation regarding an extension of the amnesty period. Bill C-21 has committed to proceeding with the firearm marking regulations outlined in the bill. While we acknowledge the importance of public safety, we are deeply concerned that the government may utilize these regulations to restrict our industry’s operations further.
The potential consequences are severe. The enforcement of these regulations without an extension of the amnesty period will likely result in a significant hurdle for businesses in our industry. Many will be unable to import firearms, and for those who can, the costs involved will skyrocket. This could lead to severe impacts for both businesses and consumers.
It is crucial for consumers and dealers to be aware of the potential impacts of this situation, and We urge both consumers and business representatives to take immediate action by writing to their respective Members of Parliament, demanding swift and decisive action on this critical matter.
We will continue to monitor this situation closely and provide updates as they become available. Your support and involvement are essential.