Why, it seems like just a few days ago when I observed that registration of firearms invariably leads to their confiscation…
Oh wait. It was only a few days ago.
At any rate, turns out I was right:
Several gun owners are refusing to surrender a semi-automatic rifle that was imported from China and bought legally before the RCMP retroactively declared it a prohibited weapon.
Firearms that have been allowed into the country are usually reclassified only by order of the federal cabinet, said Blair Hagen, a spokesman for the firearms association.
“It’s very unusual what the RCMP has done here,” Mr. Hagen said in a telephone interview. “As it appears, the reclassification was arbitrary.”
The RCMP, which is responsible for classifying firearms before they come into the country, suggests in the briefing note that outdated regulations are the reason that the Norinco Type 97A was incorrectly classified.
On the one hand, I am somewhat jealous of the Canuckistanians, for getting their hands (albeit briefly) on a firearm that will never grace our American shores. On the other hand, apparently their government has taken ours’ “if we drill out half the receiver, add a small truckload of new pieces, and generally bastardize the firearm, but can make it fully-automatic, it is obviously illegal” idiocy, and taken it to a whole new level – I wonder when the Mounties will be going around collecting pipe and sheet metal, given that I could, given the right tools and time, produce a fully-automatic firearm out of those. And people wonder why we pro-rights activists are so concerned about Andrew Traver’s inability to differentiate fully- and semi-automatic weapons?
On the gripping hand, registration lead to confiscation. Again. And exactly how many crimes has Canada’s long gun registration solved?
(Courtesy of A Geek With Guns.)