July 28, 2016

How the RCMP’s new firearms rule turns thousands of Canadians into “paperwork criminals” overnight

Brian LilleyArchive

The RCMP have made hundreds of thousands of Canadians into criminals overnight by changing the classification of a widely owned rifle magazine to prohibited.

The Ruger 10/22 is perhaps the most widely owned .22 rifle in the world and there are more than one million magazines for it that have been imported to Canada over the last four decades without incident.

But the RCMP now says it is illegal to have one and people caught with one, even one they have owned for 30 years or more, could face a decade in prison.

Tony Bernardo, Executive Director of the Canadian Shooting Sports Association, joins me to talk about this disturbing development, and explain how he's fighting back.


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commented 2016-08-04 11:12:58 -0400
As far as I can determine the pistol in question is owned by approximately 150 Canadians whereas the rifle is owned by tens of thousands of Canadians. The pistol is restricted and all are registered. Just inform the owners of these pistols that they have to pin the mags. Making everyone who owns the rifle a criminal is absurd.
commented 2016-08-01 20:05:32 -0400
LELAND LEWIS- The BX-25 Magazine is a .22 rimfire cartridge not a 308 full metal jacket. Limiting a .22 mag to a 10 round capacity is ridiculous seeing how I can still take a .50 cal Beowulf mag and fill it with 15 .223 Rounds and have that still be legal. It only takes 1 bullet to kill someone. These magazine restrictions serve no practical purpose other than to frustrate and discourage ownership by making it more expensive to be an owner and by subjecting law abiding citizens to criminal prosecution when not being properly notified by the RCMP. Maybe you should take your smug left-wing liberal mouth over to the Bill Maher page where you can cry about gender neutral bathrooms and indulge in Donald Trump conspiracy theories Mr. Leland Lewis.
commented 2016-07-30 09:44:57 -0400
Absolute hack “journalism” as usual. This “story” is nothing new, the BX25 magazine was added to the RCMP “Maximum Permitted Magazine Capacity” page as an example of a magazine fitting both a rifle and pistol in 2013 and therefore requiring modification to limit it to 10 rounds. The RCMP have changed no laws and nothing to do with the magazines has changed other than the guns they fit. If a magazine fits both a rifle and handgun it must either have a capacity of of 10 rounds o be modified in such a way to be limited to that capacity, that is the law. If the company chooses to make a pistol that uses a rifle magazine, then that magazine is automatically placed in the restricted category under the law, the law does not have to change and the RCMP do not have to do anything other than notify owners.

As for the reasoning, it is quite obvious; even if such a weapon hasn’t yet been used in a crime, such as a mass shooting, it can be easily concealed and with 25 round magazines available, it would be quite a bit more deadly than with smaller 10 round magazines. Why wait for a disaster rather than try to avert one. AR15s weren’t used for mass shootings until the first one, and now they are the preferred weapon for some reason.
commented 2016-07-29 17:57:31 -0400
What happens when the Government and their minions become illegal ??
commented 2016-07-29 16:47:48 -0400
Did the rcmp get this law passed after 3 readings in the House of Commons and sennet approval???
commented 2016-07-29 13:58:24 -0400
“In a democratic society, police don’t make laws. Elected officials make laws. "

Here’s my version, JOE.

In a democratic society where the citizenry has the guts to stand up and speak out, police don’t make laws. Elected officials make laws.
commented 2016-07-29 13:06:21 -0400
I am so terrified of this escalation of this fascistic criminality of ‘thegovernment’ and ‘thepolice’, that I can’t express the rage and betrayal I also feel…
As a man who has been pro-law and order, and pro-police for a long time, I am finding it very difficult to deal with this new threat to my life, liberty and basic rights – by ‘thegovernment’ and ‘thepolice’!
The High River Gun Grab, Swiss Arms Gun Grab, I guess the ‘testing of the waters’ has borne out the desired results, and now we have The 10/22 Gun Grab…What’s next?
I am no longer a friend to the police.
The police are the enemy now.
The police have made themselves the enemy of all Canadians – just like Trudeau’s ‘government’.
I am too terrified to even say what I’d like to shout out – MOLON LABE MOTHERFUCKERS!
Oh…well it got out anyway…
Looks like a civil war is being forced on Canada by the Globalists in ‘thegovernment’ and ‘thepolice’!
“Maintiens le droit”…BS!
commented 2016-07-29 12:51:43 -0400
Keith Barnes commented: “Ha! I bet these same Cops, would let a Muslim with an AK 47, walk right on by.”

Yes they would. It would be islamophobia to hold muzzies accountable for their actions!
commented 2016-07-29 12:45:49 -0400
Joe Timpano commented: “In a democratic society, police don’t make laws. Elected officials make laws.”

Canada is on the path to dictatorship under EL BOW ! Democracy was only tolerated to get him elected by the brain dead that voted for his band of criminals. One can be certain that democracy in Canada will not survive long enough to get him tossed from office. Hence it is necessary to disarm the public for an easier takeover!
commented 2016-07-29 12:28:23 -0400
In a democratic society, police don’t make laws. Elected officials make laws.
commented 2016-07-29 12:10:42 -0400
commented 2016-07-29 12:08:18 -0400
Vacuum seal it for the former and seal it in plastic pipe for the latter. Forgot that part. The cops are only allowed to examine your firearms storage area, but they can take a K9 with them and if it scents onto gun powder elsewhere in the house you are busted.
commented 2016-07-29 12:04:31 -0400
Anyone that owns a 10/22, you know the drill. “I sold it. It was so long ago. I don’t remember his name.” Hide it in your ceiling or behind some fresh drywall. If you’re really paranoid bury it on property that is not your’s, with the owner’s permission of course.
commented 2016-07-29 12:01:26 -0400
Some liberal politician got notified of the scary looking 50 round drum mags and they had a large spaz fit on the phone with the RCMP and here we are.

It’s a .22. There are pellet guns that are as powerful. There are .22 cal. pellet guns. Seriously.
commented 2016-07-29 10:56:51 -0400
Let us call this what it really is. It’s the cops showing their true colours, they are not acting like contributing, supportive members of the Canadian Community. They are with out a doubt nothing but a pack of Dishonorable Cowards, scared of their own shadow. They are incapable of doing anything about real crime, and big crime like drug cartels, guaranteed they won’t do anything, because those folks will come to your door to kill you. That’s why they have not won the war on drugs. So it is so much safer to target law abiding citizens, they should be hanging their heads in shame. In the past people like these law abiding firearms owners are the ones that went to war to fight for our freedom. Giving the police the right to treat them all like criminals, when it is the police acting like criminals.
commented 2016-07-29 10:45:02 -0400
My Ruger 10-22 identifies as a Smurf Gun. All of this is N/A.
commented 2016-07-29 09:02:19 -0400
“That’s a great idea but how will the protesters continue to live? "

Well, Robert, I guess they will continue to live the same way that people managed when they took to the streets en masse to bring down communism in Poland, Latvia, Estonia, etc.
commented 2016-07-29 08:35:11 -0400

That’s a great idea but how will the protesters continue to live? The governments at all levels have stripped away so much money from the average citizen through taxation that the average Joe cannot go more than a few days without working. He needs to work to make money to live on and support his family but more importantly to make enough money to pay all the taxes the governments rely on to continue to operate.

If our so-called leaders would quit squandering our hard earned tax dollars in the form of foreign aid to third world dung heaps where only the political leaders benefit from this foreign aid then perhaps the average citizen in this country could eventually climb out from under the mountain of debt created by the politicians.

So what if a third world dung heap has no respect for Canada? Shackling our children with huge financial debt will not make these countries love this country more!

It will be more like inviting a family member, who is having a hard time, into your home so that they can have a chance at getting their life together.
You give them shelter and food, some money and what will they do? Take advantage of your generosity and rob you blind. Not everyone acts this way but the majority will.

Dump Justin bin Trudeau
commented 2016-07-29 08:21:57 -0400
What needs to be done, sadly, is to test the system. Like the problems with punishing people for not filling out the long form census, how can they honestly implement a ten year sentence when illegals commit murder with stolen/illegal RESTRICTED firearms and don’t get ten years!!! It is laughable!

I agree 100% that this is not for PUBLIC safety, it is for the protection and safety of politicians who know they are overstepping our democratic system and putting in its place a system more akin to their hero’s in Cuba. I say Cuba because they were so fanatically communist they even scared the sh*t out of Moscow. Nothing has changed in Cuba except they are now our best buddies!

This is why I cant explain why these idiots are not for the death penalty. All the nations that Obama, Clinton and Trudeau admire so much ALL have it. So make offences with firearms that involve murder a death sentence offence. They wont do this because it reveals the insanity of leftist policy. The left have no problem murdering our troops in foreign conflicts by their inept policies, they have no problem murdering their own citizens by importing criminals and not punishing them or deporting them, they have no problem threatening law abiding and honest people because they have no clue what that means. As I have said all along. From Liberals and NDP at the top to their blind followers, as long as it’s not directly happening to them, they don’t give a sh*t. That is why Trudeau has armed guards and we don’t. That is why he lives in a community guarded by the RCMP and we don’t. That is why if a terrorist or gang member goes berserk with a gun smuggled over the border from the US, it will be one of us who pays NOT one of them.

As has been stated before, the statistics are clear. The biggest loss of life from legal gun owners is due to suicide. While sad, it only involves that one person. They are not some Toronto gang member shooting sporadically into a crowd of innocent people on Young Street. This will only increase as most gangs forming now seem to be made up of disenfranchised muslims brought here in ill conceived immigration schemes. They are constantly arrested with ILLEGAL RESTRICTED FIREARMS. Trudeau and his ilk are adding to this threat exponentially by bringing in people with no skills and frankly no future here because they simply cant afford to be here. No wonder they resort to violence. But again they will not likely be the target because they are so protected especially now after the attack at the cenotaph and parliament. Have they not wondered what would happen if one of these muslim gangs all of a sudden goes ISIS?? If they can shoot each other on our streets???

I would be very curious to know what sort of charges are actually levelled against these morons! Rebel should post a column listing gun offenses in Canada in the last few decades and beside them list the actual punishment and any repeat offenses. I am sure all will be shocked except for the Liberals and NDP.
commented 2016-07-29 07:04:06 -0400
Well, typing furiously on blogs and forums aint gonna stop it – and neither will petitions or law suits. It will only stop when thousands of angry gun-owners plug up RCMP HQ and stay there for as long as it takes.
commented 2016-07-29 01:55:16 -0400
I do not remember voting for anyone in the RCMP?
commented 2016-07-29 01:54:19 -0400
Bravo and Lesley they have no right to change or make laws, it should not be allowed, where the hell is our supreme court on this, the RCMP will meddle with them eventually if they do not put their foot down now.
commented 2016-07-29 00:35:53 -0400
I really wanted to get a gun/rifle for target shooting. I spoke with my better half and she was interested in the idea. But then we started looking into the ever increasing and changing rules. What happened with the RCMP in the last flood in Alberta also turned us off.

Baby Doc Trudeau, surrounded by security armed to the teeth, must be worried for some reason that we simpletons might eventually revolt. Baby Doc has decided that unelected police will determine gun laws in Canada. Too much for Baby Doc to dirty his hands.

I wonder, didn’t his father teach him how to shoot when he was young? It would be strange for a “woodsman” like Papa Doc not to be skilled in the art of firing a rifle.

The police seem intent upon making certain that none of us are armed. Guns today, archery tomorrow. You eventually will need a permit for a hatchet. Its just that the criminals seem to have all the fun, armed robbery, stickups, bank jobs, late night gas stations, and 7/11 convenience stores.

Baby Doc already is trying to get us to stop driving personal pollution devices (aka cars), first because he believes their use will cause the planet to catch fire and secondly because they can kill if in the wrong hands. Of course there will be exceptions for $1million Mercedes sports cars, such as the one he owns.

Canada, quickly becoming the land of bureaucratic enforced no fun. We will be politically correct whether we want to or not.
commented 2016-07-28 23:53:23 -0400
This is all part of the ‘Master Plan’ to disarm the citizenry along the road to Marxist heaven. The RCMP, Courts, Justice System, et al, are now, solely, political organizations and tools to be used against anyone that stands in the way of the malignant messianic megalomaniac Prime Sinister, Ju-Stalin Turd-dough, and his cabal. Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” are the order of the day, everyday.

The brain-dead spawn of Prime Sinister Turd-dough #1 and the drug induced hippy pin cushion, Prime Sinister Ju-Stalin Turd-dough, is nothing more than the ultra-delusional front man puppet of the New World Order. The Readers Digest version of the plan, was to demonize Harper, rile up the youth, SJW’s, minorities, special interest groups and apologists, attack Christianity, destroy sovereignty, revise our history, utilize cleverly deceitful and contemptuous catchy “memes”, flaunt his vanity and grand delusions, then get elected; all with the complete aiding, abetting and complicity of the MSM,.

- Next, destroy, or, reverse, everything that Harper did to strengthen our sovereignty and build our prosperity for the betterment of this country.

- Furthermore, bring every piece of scum they could find in a hurry and dump them into our communities to create unrest, gain political support and keep us distracted. These invaders will eventually be Marxist warriors and the ‘useful idiots’.

- Go into massive debt to burden the populace to enslave them and keep them busy trying to keep their heads above water.

- Now, disarm the citizenry so they can’t fight back.

- Change the laws to ensure the Master Plan agenda is protected.

- Then change the elections in alignment with the re-organization and bolstering of the populace to ensure he can’t be defeated.

Once this is achieved, it is good-bye Freedom, Liberty, Sovereignty and Self-determination. Best get prepared……..
commented 2016-07-28 22:00:14 -0400
Oddly enough, Ruger made a 30 rounder that was banned because it was marketed openly that it fit in the pistol. Took them this long to figure out that Ruger’s .22 mags are identical for rifle and pistol. What’s next, the ten round .223 pistol mags from RRA?
commented 2016-07-28 20:11:22 -0400
Ha! I bet these same Cops, would let a Muslim with an AK 47, walk right on by.
commented 2016-07-28 19:53:00 -0400
The RCMP seems determined to lose any credibility it has left with law abiding firearms owners. To effectively enforce the criminal law police need the support of law abiding citizens. By acting in such an arbitrary manner, without just cause, the RCMP are losing the support of a significant portion of the population.
commented 2016-07-28 19:47:27 -0400
What the heck? Since when do the police create law? This is absurd!
commented 2016-07-28 19:42:56 -0400
So, wouldn’t any .22 rimfire handgun be subject to the same 10 round max as any other handgun?
Why create criminals out of thin air? Aren’t there enough real ones around already?