Will Semi-automatic guns be banned in Canada?

I don't know if these resolutions will be adopted by the Canadian Liberal Party, but the fact that they want to ban semi-automatic guns is very disappointing. (Of course, the fact that they were already banned for hunting is disappointing.) It would be nice if there were some evidence that could be provided that the registry system has been used successfully to solve crime.

Resolution #42: Automatic and Semi-automatic Weapons

WHEREAS automatic and semi-automatic weapons are illegal for hunting purposes; and

WHEREAS automatic and semi-automatic weapons do not support the hunting culture found in all parts of Canada;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada urge the Government of Canada to support legislation to eliminate the personal use of automatic and semi-automatic weapons. . . .

Resolution #47: Gun Control
WHEREAS the cancellation of the gun registry is part of the Conservative Party's program; and

WHEREAS the Conservative government has started to slash into the registry by ending requirements to register long guns; and

WHEREAS police forces have continually supported the gun registry and spoken out against efforts by the Conservative government to weaken or end it; and

WHEREAS the continued support of police forces for a total gun registry is a strong indication of the capacity of the current system to reduce the harm caused by guns; and

WHEREAS certain dangerous weapons are not found on the current list of illegal weapons; and

WHEREAS it is necessary to continue to effectively control the possession and use of guns;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada take the necessary steps:

1. to counter the efforts by the Conservative government to end or reduce the scope of the current gun registry that was enacted by parliament several years ago;

2. to review the classification of guns so that semi-automatic weapons be classified as an illegal weapons; and

3. to enact more severe laws to better control the possession and use of guns. . . . .


Anonymous Nimrod45 said...

42) Automatic and Semi-Automatic Weapons

WHEREAS automatic and semi-automatic weapons are illegal for hunting purposes; and
National Women’s Liberal Commission
Liberal Party of Nova Scotia

As usual, the Lieberals get it entirely wrong - semi-automatic firearms are *NOT* illegal for hunting purposes. Fully automatic firearms are, as are all handguns, not just semi-automatics (since the 1970's).

Here's an interesting tid-bit about such "policy resolutions":

Liberal leaders are not bound by policy resolutions adopted at conventions. Even proposed amendments to the party constitution to make the leader more accountable to the rank and file -- amendments that are likely to be adopted at this convention -- give the leader and the parliamentary caucus a lot of wiggle room.

The leader can take resolutions merely as guidance, but will not be
bound by them when publishing the platform for the next election.

12/01/2006 9:45 AM  
Blogger saturdaynightspecial said...


Are you saying all handguns are illegal for hunting or illegal to possess completely ?

12/04/2006 2:46 AM  
Anonymous Nimrod45 said...

Since the article was talking about guns "illegal for hunting" that was the gist of my comment...

Handguns were made illegal for hunting some time in the late 1970's by the Turd-O Lieberal Government.

12/05/2006 10:25 PM  

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