I note that Canada is broadening its gun control legislation. The Public Safety Minister there has talked about the assumptions behind the measures.
What we’ve done in the legislation is really create the set of circumstances and conditions that will facilitate the buy-back.
We are eliminating all legal use of these prohibited firearms. They can’t be legally discharged. You can’t fire them. You can’t take them hunting or to a range. They can’t sell them or transport them. They can’t bequeath them or trade them in any way. They will be required to store them in a very secure safe or vault.
I think the vast majority of people who bought these guns to use as firearms, now that there is no legal way to do that, they’ll be highly incentivized to surrender them for destruction, and then we’ll have a fair compensation program available to them.
There’s more at the link.
More measures are planned by some liberal Canadian cities. For example, Toronto is to call on the federal government to ban the sale of handguns within city limits, and for the province to ban the sale of handgun ammunition within those limits.
I think we can expect to see similar measures introduced in many US “blue states” controlled by the Democratic Party. If they can make firearms almost impossible to use legally, they can then put greater effort behind so-called “buy-back” campaigns (and yes, I know there’s no such thing as a “buy-back”, because they didn’t own the guns in the first place). They want to demonize, not only gun possession, but also gun use.
Those of us living in “red states” are likely to be insulated from such pressures, at least for now, but they’ll get to us eventually. The gun-grabbers mean to win. They’ll use fair means or foul, and ignore the realities of the situation, because they don’t care about anything except imposing their will on the rest of us. Our push-back is going to have to be just as strong, to avoid them steamrollering right over us.
One obvious line of attack is to require shooting ranges to keep records of who shoots there, and the type of weapon(s) and quantity of ammunition they shoot during each visit. There might also be a requirement for shooters to buy all the ammunition they use from the shooting range, rather than bring their own. They’ll probably use the excuse that the safety of reloaded ammunition can’t be guaranteed, and since there’s no way to prove that shooters aren’t using reloads, they must be prevented from using any of their own ammunition at all. That’ll make it a lot more expensive to shoot. In response, I can see more and more regular gatherings of gun owners on farms and ranches out in the country, where they can spend a weekend shooting to their hearts’ content, without being bothered by gun-grabbers. I daresay our annual Blogorado gathering might evolve into a quarterly event along those lines.
We’ll need to be on our guard against such intrusive measures.