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Guns in Canada FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about guns in Canada.

This FAQ about can.talk.guns was compiled and written by Skeeter Abell-Smith ab133@sfn.saskatoon.sk.ca with numerous contributions by others.

Credits:

Persons to whom I am personally grateful for their help with this document include Greg Booth, Taylor Buckner, Eric Cartman, Wayne Chapeskie, Jean Hogue, Ian Jefferson, Gary Mauser, Karen Selick, Carmel Stalteri, Dave Tomlinson and far too many others to remember.

I have attempted to give full credit, but I know I have missed a few hundred names...

Personal note:

I was never "anti-gun", but, before 1991, I actually supported many of the "gun control" strategies. I now know that I did so out of ignorance. Since then I have read everything I could -- and more than I could ever remember -- on the subject of "gun control".

I now have a growing library of reference material, a mailing list dedicated to firearm legislation in Canada, World-Wide Web pages which I maintain in parallel with an FTP site, and I got involved with the NFA (National Firearms Association) because I saw many of our ideas and goals were similar. Like a lot of people in this debate, I "got sucked right in" and there is no end in sight.

DISCLAIMER:

This FAQ list should not be used in lieu of legal advice. While care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of everything here, errors are always possible. The author and contributors are not liable for damages (and so on) resulting from anyone using the information contained herein. Nothing presented in this text should be construed as legal advice.

This FAQ list is copyright © (C) 1995-1999 Skeeter Abell-Smith and may only be used as a reference, in whole or in part, only when no fee is charged in any way. No part of this FAQ list may be sold in any medium, including print and electronic, without the explicit written permission of Skeeter Abell-Smith.

Copyright (C) 1995-1999 Skeeter Abell-Smith

-1. Where is the latest version of this FAQ list? (can.talk.guns)
The latest HTML version of this FAQ list is at:...
-2. What about the 1400 Canadians who are killed each year with guns?
That was only true for a couple of years, and it's only a partial truth....
-3. But even if most of the deaths are suicides, won't gun control help?
While suicides account for the overwhelming majority of all gun-...
-4. Wouldn't it help to at least ban handguns?
Handguns have been required to be registered since 1934 (unlike ...
-5. What about "military-style assault weapons"?
What is an assault weapon? Assault _rifles_ are selective-fire (semi-...
-6. Don't we have to do something about violence against women?
Bare hands and feet are most often used to murder Canadian women....
-7. Does gun control work?
The answer depends upon what you mean by gun control and work. ...
-8. Doesn't the US have many more guns and higher murder rates than Canada?
The higher murder rate in the USA is not caused by citizens ...
-9. But if anyone could get a gun, like in the US, wouldn't we have higher murder rates, just like the US?
We have an entirely different system in Canada, and murder rates ...
-10. What about violent crime rates?
In 1962, the US per capita violent crime rate was about 185 (...
-11. What about the Vancouver/Seattle study?
Handgun Regulations, Crime, Assaults, and Homicide: A Tale of ...
-12. What about children and firearms?
All of those child-killed-another-child accidental deaths could ...
-13. What about firearm accidents in Canada?
Despite the increase in population and firearms, the Canadian per ...
-14. Why do some say we have a right to have and use firearms when we have no "2nd amendment" in Canada?
While such a guarantee was not put into our constitution (as was done ...
-15. Isn't the US-style self-defence illegal in Canada?
Not only can you defend your life with deadly force, but you may ...
-16. What is Bill C-68?
Bill C-68 (now Chapter 39 of the 1995 Statutes of Canada or S.C....
-17. What is Bill C-17?
Bill C-17 was introduced and passed in 1991 by the Kim ...
-18. What about Bill C-51?
C-51 came after C-83 which was withdrawn by the Liberals and ...
-19. What did the Auditor General write about "gun control" in Canada?
The Auditor General of Canada's report to the House of Commons in ...
-20. What is unlawful about our gun control laws?
Highlights:...
-21. Did a judge really say our laws are badly written?
Yes. Justice Gibb, Supreme Court Of B.C.; Hurley V. Dawson ...
-22. Was there a coroner's report that focussed on firearm storage?
Coroner Anne Marie David wrote the following in her report published ...
-23. What did the coroner write about the murders at L'Ecole Polytechnique?
[translated from French]...
-24. What is "banned" in Canada?
PLEASE NOTE: THIS LIST IS NOT EXHAUSTIVE. EVEN IF YOUR MODEL ISN'...
-25. What is "restricted" in Canada?
The following is a list of firearms restricted in Canada. ...
-26. How many people in Canada legally own firearms?
According to the United Nations, Canada ranks third among the ...
-27. Do tougher gun control laws reduce armed robberies?
In 1990, 74% of all robberies involved weapons other than firearms[16]....
-28. Do mandatory jail sentences deter the armed criminal?
Over 70% of all convicted criminals in Canada are released early ...
-29. What about the claim that "People without guns injure, people with guns kill"?[32]
Most homicides (c. 60-70%) in Canada are done with something other ...
-30. Aren't dogs more regulated than firearms?[32]
Handguns have been registered since 1934, but 58% of over 1,000,...
-31. Aren't motor vehicles more regulated and taxed than guns?[32]
Applicable taxes on firearms and motor vehicles are the same, being ...
-32. Aren't guns more lethal on a per use basis than motor vehicles?[32]
Number of motor vehicle related accidental deaths in Canada in 1991,...
-33. Doesn't easy access to firearms contribute to crime?[32]
Canada has not had easy access to firearms since at least 1978, ...
-34. Don't the majority of Canadians support tougher gun control?[32]
Recent Angus Reid polls that asked Do you favour stricter gun control?...
-35. Don't the experts support tougher gun control?[32]
Many of the individuals claiming to be experts are not experts ...
-36. Isn't a gun in the home 43 times more likely to kill a friend or loved-one than be used against an intruder?
It was actually an intruder versus a non-intruder. Nevertheless, it ...
-37. Didn't someone find that firearm ownership causes higher murder and suicide rates?
No. Martin Killias surveyed 14 countries. (England/Wales, ...
-99. Questions firearm prohibitionists can't answer
-99. Recommended reading (can.talk.guns)
Gun Control is not crime control by Gary Mauser of the ...
-99. Periodic reports (can.talk.guns)
Statistics Canada/Centre for Justice Statistics: many,...
-99. Other FAQ lists (can.talk.guns)
``The Long List of Gun-Control Myths'' is available from:...
-99. Where to go for more information (can.talk.guns)
Karen Selick's famous Off the Mark article (complete with graphs)...









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