For Immediate Release –
May 15, 2020
Oshawa, ON –
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair lied when he told Canadians his gun ban via Order in Council would not prohibit shotguns.
The RCMP’s Firearms Reference Table (FRT) now lists dozens of makes and models of bolt-action, pump-action and semi-automatic shotguns as Prohibited firearms through Part 87 of the Minister’s OIC gun ban.
87. The firearms of the designs commonly known as the M16, AR-10 and AR-15 rifles and the M4 carbine, and any variants or modified versions of them…
A partial list of shotguns reclassified as Prohibited firearms by the RCMP's Canadian Firearms Program in the past 24 hours include:
- Adler B210 Bolt-Action Shotgun[ii]
- AlphaArms 15SA Semi-Automatic Shotgun[iii]
- Axor MF-1 Semi-Automatic Shotgun[iv]
- Canuck Havoc Pump-Action Shotgun[v]
- Derya Arms VR90 Semi-Automatic Shotgun[vi]
- Eternal FX12 Semi-Automatic Shotgun[vii]
- (many more guns being added as this is written including the Canadian made Maccabee Defence rifles)
It is crystal clear that Minister Bill Blair lied to Canadians about banning shotguns.
He either lied on May 1st, 2020, during Justin Trudeau’s virtue-signalling press conference:
“I want to assure hunters and farmers and target shooters in this country that nothing that we are doing today or will do in the future is intended to interfere with this lawful, responsible and legal activity.”
Or Bill Blair lied on May 5th, on Facebook:
“Earlier today, the Canadian Shooting Sports Association issued a statement alleging that our government is banning 12 and 10 gauge shotguns. This is absolutely incorrect and we will be reaching out to them to correct their misunderstanding.”
Or he lied on Twitter that same day:
“Earlier today, the
issued a statement alleging that our government is banning 12 and 10 gauge shotguns. This is absolutely incorrect and we will be reaching out to them to correct their misunderstanding.”
Or Bill Blair lied to Parliament on May 6th when he said:
“I'll repeat one more time, 10-gauge and 12-gauge shotguns are not prohibited under this order in council.”
“We have been very clear. This does not cover 10-gauge and 12-gauge shotguns. The police will understand that. They know how to do their jobs. I trust them.”
Or Bill Blair lied to Parliament on May 7th when he said:
“We're not banning any toys and we're not banning shotguns.”
Or Bill Blair lied to Parliament on May 14th when he said:
“…the Canadian firearms program has made it explicitly clear that 10 and 12-gauge shotguns are not included in this prohibition. All people who were concerned about that need not be concerned.”
“Perhaps the member did not hear when I explained that the prohibition did not include these weapons [shotguns] in any way and the clarification actually has been provided by the Canadian firearms program utilizing the widely accepted standards and it explicitly states those weapons are not prohibited.”
Any way you cut it, Bill Blair lied to Canadians.
Repeatedly, both inside and outside of Parliament.
We expect politicians to play fast and loose with the truth during press conferences.
We expect politicians to play fast and loose with the truth on social media.
The one thing we do not expect and will not tolerate is government Ministers lying to the Canadian people in the House of Commons.
Minister Blair, you’ve lied enough.
Salvage the only shred of dignity and honour still available to you – while you still can.
As of the writing, they are currently adding
to the lists. More to come so stay tuned.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Tony Bernardo, Executive Director
Canadian Shooting Sports Association