I chatted with a couple of IPSC shooters from my home and native land this month at the Desert Classic, asking them about the chances of getting some form of concealed carry up north.
“No way”, they said, (No, they did NOT say ‘Eh?”. Sorry, another sterotype bites the dust. I digress….), “The Prohibited / Restricted list needs to go first.”
And the door is now open to that, thanks to the ineptitude of the New Democrats, Canada’s most socialist political party.
The laws were written in such a way to ensnare the maximum possible number of firearms into the prohibited and restricted categories, severely curtailing their availability to the public. But since the government of the day — the Jean Chrétien-led Liberals — didn’t want to admit that was their intention, they had to hide their motives behind benign-sounding technical jargon. In doing so, they created a bureaucratic monster.
The NDP are its latest victims. Ruger, an American-based firearms manufacturer, builds the Mini-14 rifles, in several different variants. The different variants are essentially identical in terms of their mechanical operation — the “guts” of the rifle, with the highly complex moving parts and delicate components — are common across every variant. Only the finishing touches differ, and those are easy to slap on in the final phase of manufacture.
Canadians and Californians alike are beginning to realize that banning inanimate objects on the basis of their appearance leads to bad laws. Criminals ignore those laws, making them even worse, and soon the realization comes that the best way to get rid of a bad law is to, well, get rid of it.