OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - July 28, 2016) - The Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights (CCFR) is advising Canadian firearms owners who might be surprised to find out that a piece of equipment they have owned legally for 30 years or more, is now on the prohibited hit list. In a document acquired from the RCMP Criminals Operations Branch, "E" division, it appears to give direction to officers to consider the Ruger 10/22 25-round mags "prohibited" and seize or possibly charge the owner.
"This is one of the most common rifles found in Canada," said Rod Giltaca, President of the CCFR. "This is a rifle used to control groundhogs and other nuisance animals, barely more powerful than many air rifles available at sporting goods shops."
Ammunition magazines designed for rimfire rifles are unregulated in Canada, meaning there are no capacity limits in place. Mr.Giltaca explained that there could be roughly one million of these magazines in circulation owned by hundreds of thousands of everyday Canadians.
The RCMP previously clarified that these magazines were legal to use and possess but changed their opinion twenty-five years later.
"In a time where the RCMP claims it has insufficient funds to protect Canadians against terrorism or issue badly needed rifles to it's members, this use of resources is terribly disappointing," said Mr. Giltaca.
The issue stems from a change of opinion from the RCMP's Firearms Laboratory concerning a regulation in place for almost three decades.
CCFR Chairwoman Tracey Wilson also voiced her concern: "There is no public safety win for Canadians here and a huge liability for everyday citizens. I can only hope the RCMP can refocus the war on gun violence toward the criminals causing it instead of innocent and compliant gun owners. This misguided action will cause unnecessary stress on the relationship between Canadians and the RCMP."
It is noted that the Firearms Act that the public has access to has not been updated nor has an order of council been issued. Persons with questions are directed to contact the Chief Firearms Officer at 1-800-731-4000.
The Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights is a volunteer organization representing the Canadian firearm owning community. Our vision is to maintain, protect and promote private firearm ownership.
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