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  •  Did your buddy give details on this gun-taking? (6+ / 0-)

    What exactly does your running think happened in Canada, and in what decade?

    I've been living in Canada for quite a while. I don't recall any occasion when the government was taking away guns, at least for people in compliance with the law. A criminal caught with an unregistered handgun, yes, that's seized. A farmer with a permit who has a rifle? I don't think so.

    There was quite a battle over the long gun registry, which required registration of guns in the non-restricted category. Some (or many) rifles and shotguns are in this category.

    It is fairly easy for a person to get a permit to own a non-restricted firearm, once the person has completed the mandatory safety course and applied to the RCMP for the permit. (Once you have a permit, you can buy a non-restricted firearm.)

    A person who wishes to buy and own a restricted firearm (such as a handgun) has to complete an additional safety course. Restricted firearms are registered.

    Very few people have a permit to carry a handgun around on their person. However, the legal owners of handguns have to be able to transport them, because, as I understand it, you can't even fire a  handgun on your own private property. Hence, they need to belong to a club which has an approved range. There are strict rules about how to transport the guns, which involves multiple levels of locking things up and separating firearms from ammo.

    So, back to the registry. A lot of people complained bitterly about their non-restricted firearms being listed in the long gun register. The Conservative government got rid of this register, unfortunately. So now Canadians who own hunting rifles, for example, can sleep at night knowing that the serial number isn't in some government file. But the police can't trace a non-restricted firearm to its owner.

    As far as I know, the taking of guns from people was just in the imagination of opponents of the long gun registry, who were sure that the government would grab their guns someday.

    But I stand to be corrected if Canada has been grabbing guns.

    •  It was snark. (2+ / 0-)
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      Shotput8, bontemps2012

      The "Germany did this too" bit is the clue, a reference to the (false) claim that "Hitler took the Germans' guns!".  :-)

      •  Thanks (2+ / 0-)
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        bontemps2012, JayBat

        I don't always catch snark. Missed it this time.

        There was such a fuss about the long gun registry that I was pretty sure that the government hadn't gotten around to taking guns from people.

        Though one gun owner I heard said he was working on a means of burying his long guns in the backyard so the government wouldn't find them, even if they searched his house. I'm not quite sure how he planned to get to them to go hunting, or whatever it was he did.

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