Albertans can tell the province their opinion on gun laws

Leader staff

Gun owners in Alberta and other interested parties have a new opportunity to have their say on Canadian gun laws.

Ever since the federal government banned over 1,500 types of firearms earlier in 2020, the provincial government has been talking about a provincial firearms policy. There is an online survey and two telephone town halls says an Alberta government media release. The first town hall was Nov. 17. The second one is Nov. 23. Registration is through the Alberta Firearms Advisory Committee website.

The media release includes a statement from David Schoenberg, north central zone director of the International Practical Shooting Confederation – Alberta.

Schoenberg says, “I encourage gun owners across Alberta to make their voices heard because we are stronger together. I also commend the provincial government’s decision to set up a Chief Provincial Firearms Office and appoint a Chief Provincial Firearms Officer. This is a great way to support the hundreds of thousands of law-abiding firearms owners in Alberta. Safe use of our firearms is ingrained in Alberta’s culture – it is part of who we are.”

Quick Facts
On May 1, 2020, the federal government prohibited buying, using and selling thousands of firearms.

The federal Canadian Firearms Program is responsible for the administration of the Firearms Act and regulations, and works closely with partners and stakeholders to promote firearms safety.

The program’s latest report highlights the following:

  • In 2018 in Alberta, public service agencies seized 3,427 firearms. Nationally, they seized 25,430.
  • Across Canada, from 2014 to 2018, 84,576 firearms registrations were refused or revoked.
  • There are 316,791 licensed firearms owners in Alberta.
  • At the end of December 2018, there were 218,305 firearms registered to businesses or individuals in the province.

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