Alberta government announces firearms legislation to give province more authority over regulation

Alberta’s United Conservative Social gathering government introduced provincial firearms legislation Tuesday, providing more readability for gun house owners and more provincial authority over laws.

If handed, the Invoice 8 Alberta Firearms Act would permit the government to develop laws that it sees as essential to shield gun house owners within the province.

Alberta Justice Minister Tyler Shandro has been crucial of the federal Liberals’ Invoice C-21, which features a nationwide handgun freeze and prohibition on many assault-style firearms.

“(The) No. 1 aim with this piece of legislation is to present readability, which has been missing in each province, fairly frankly,” Shandro stated on Tuesday.


“So, readability within the function between (the) federal government and provincial governments within the regulation of firearms.”

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There’s not loads of element within the legislation and Shandro stated it’s written that approach for a purpose.

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A variety of small particulars over firearms legislation have been modified by the federal government, Shandro stated, and because the province learns more about what these particulars are, it will likely be in a position to modify the legislation to present readability and sovereignty to Alberta firearms house owners. He stated the federal government has given out few particulars about the way it plans to proceed.

“I characterize it as being nimble. That’s essential as a result of we don’t have any particulars but,” Shandro stated.

“As soon as we do see these particulars what now we have right here is a chance for us to be nimble and develop laws to reply to that at the moment.”

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An Alberta chief firearms officer (CFO) was appointed in 2021 to administer federal firearms legislation and “advocate for lawful firearms house owners and promote public security,” in accordance to the province.

The CFO’s function would proceed beneath the brand new act and can prolong duties to embody supporting Albertans.


After receiving backlash, the federal government lately dropped amendments to Invoice C-21, the government’s gun management legislation.

Proposed amendments to Invoice C-21, together with banning computerized looking rifles (additionally generally referred to as assault-style firearms) and handguns, have been tabled by the Liberal government in November and ditched in February.

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Shandro stated the Alberta government by no means agreed with the federal plan to limit possession of some weapons in Canada, saying it was taking away from the rights of Canadians.

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The Alberta justice minister stated he believes the legislation tabled Tuesday makes it clear that gunowners will probably be totally supported by the provincial government if the legislation passes.

“As soon as handed, the Alberta Firearms Act would be the most complete provincial firearms framework within the nation,” Shandro stated.

“By establishing in legislation the function of Alberta chief firearms officer, this legislation will elevate the tasks and authorized mandate of the workplace to the fullest extent of the legislation.

“Alberta stands unequivocally with hunters, farmers, sport shooters and Indigenous peoples, all of whom perceive the significance of accountable firearm possession to Alberta’s heritage and tradition.”

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In accordance to the province, there are more than 340,000 licensed gun house owners in Alberta. About 30,000 prohibited firearms are believed to exist in Alberta beneath the federal definition.

In a press release, the Opposition stated the invoice does nothing to shield Albertans from gun violence.

Whereas agreeing that the federal invoice amendments wanted to be revoked, NDP MLA Irfan Sabir stated he believes the UCP government just isn’t focusing its efforts on the areas the place Albertans want essentially the most help.

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This idea of supporting gun house owners in Alberta has been a core aspect of the UCP because it was based in 2019, stated Duane Bratt, a political science professor at Mount Royal College.

He stated this legislation is designed for the UCP voter base of rural Alberta.

“I perceive the politics behind this. I believe the jurisdictional battle is but to happen, however loads of this stays fairly fuzzy,” stated Bratt. “We’ll have to see what the invoice truly says.”

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If the brand new legislation is handed, the province stated it might have the power to create a Firearms Compensation Committee to guarantee gun house owners obtain honest compensation for seized weapons, create laws for licensing of seizure brokers, create necessities for forensic and ballistics testing for seized weapons and in addition guarantee municipal police companies meet regulatory necessities.

Bratt stated the UCP has been per wanting to weaken municipalities, particularly Edmonton and Calgary.

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He stated the province is making an attempt to stop municipalities from signing separate agreements on varied points with the federal government.

“They’re doing that on each coverage sector, not simply firearms,” he stated.

Whereas these things have been outlined by the justice ministry, there’s nonetheless not but a strong regulatory system that’s in place for the act.

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— With information from Morgan Black, World Information, and Invoice Graveland, The Canadian Press

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