Blair promises a Red Flag law when he spoke before the House Standing Committee on Public Safety on November 2. He seemed ignorant that 9-1-1 already exists.
A “red-flag” law enables health professionals to break patient-confidentiality rules to report a gun owner with mental health issues who is a threat to themselves or others. Then the police confiscate his guns by force.
Red-flag laws can be – and often are – well-intentioned. No one wants an individual who is severely mentally disturbed to commit suicide or to run amok killing or injuring anyone else. With a firearm, a van, a machete, or a sword.
But declaring someone incompetent is a serious step. Anyone deemed dangerously mentally ill loses their freedom. They can be incarcerated, and authorities can confiscate anything with which they could injure themselves — like knives or firearms. Even shoe laces.
There is no need for a “red flag” law; we already have 9-1-1.
The Trudeau Liberals are misleading Canadians. Canadian law already has a provision authorizing family or professionals to report gun owners suspected of being public-safety threats.
Whenever anyone calls the national firearms centre (toll-free), one of the options is to “report a spousal or public safety concern.” This works.
Unfortunately, this snitch line is frequently used by a divorcing spouse to cause his or her gun-owning spouse legal grief.
Minister Blair’s office thinks that it won’t be until 2022 that new PAL rules or expanded background checks are brought online. Bill C-71 only hurts PAL holders; violent criminals are ignored.
A municipal handgun ban
The Liberals continually repeat their support for allowing municipalities to ban handguns, but have yet to take any steps to start this process.
In the October Throne Speech, Trudeau recently repeated his threat to allow municipalities to ban handguns.
Minister Blair said he supports the municipal handgun ban when he was before the House committee Friday 6 November;
BC Premier John Horgan also supports a municipal handgun ban.
Will your town ban handguns?
Maybe. The Firearms Act already gives municipalities powers over shooting activities. But for the handgun ban to happen, Ottawa must pass new legislation, then the provincial premier needs to support it, and finally, each municipality that wants it, needs to impose it.
It may yet happen, but civilian firearms owners have more immediate problems. At his appearance at the committee, Blair also said he’s bringing in new border controls on firearms but he gave no details.
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