I am a law-abiding gun owner and have been since my early teens. Both my parents hunted, as did my grandfather in Canada, plus other friends and relatives.
I have never felt threatened by past and current Canadian gun legislation. I do not believe hunters are being targeted by the current legislation, but I believe comments like these are being used by a few to raise concern in law-abiding hunters.
I cannot imagine any bonafide hunters using semi-automatic and automatic assault rifles and automatic handguns while hunting deer, moose, grouse, ducks, geese, etc. Rather, I believe this type of wording is coming from the U.S. National Rifle Association (NRA) and its Canadian affiliates and their members who oppose any type of gun restrictions, period.
Sure, having a fancy new toy that is deadlier and more expensive than your friend is important to some gun owners, but this should not be the basis on which gun laws are based in Canada.
I fully support the prevention of the sale and ownership in Canada of semi-automatic and automatic assault style guns, including automatic pistols. The proposed Canadian government prohibition and buy-back program is definitely needed now with no exemptions. Cities across Canada should also be allowed to ban handguns within their boundaries. Increased police and government initiatives to stop the illegal entry and sale of guns from the USA and other countries is also necessary.
But not all guns used illegally by gangs and others in Canada are smuggled into Canada. A significant number are stolen from homes where they are not properly secured in a gun a safe and when guns stores, etc. are robbed.
Bonafide hunters across Canada have no need for concern about being targeted. However, all Canadians need to be protected from the increasing use of all types of guns for illegal activity, by those who do not use and store their guns safely, and from those who have mental health issues or plans for revenge. Now is the time for change.
Tim Roark, Surrey