THE ADVOCATE 621
VOL. 77 PART 4 JULY 2019
By D. Michael Bain
Gun control remains an important issue. Here is what appeared in Bench
and Bar back in (1991) 49 Advocate 977 at 980.
The Canadian Bar Association is lending its support to Bill C-17.
This is the bill which proposes a ban on military and paramilitary
weapons and will impose stricter rules for storing and
obtaining firearms. The association calls for more stringent
controls than are proposed in the bill. The association seemed to welcome
the definition of “Genuine Gun Collector,” designed to circumscribe more
clearly the conditions under which converted weapons may be grandfathered.
It complains that the definition is not satisfactory. We complain that
these weapons should be grandfathered at all. Nobody in Canada needs
automatic or semi automatic weapons except the armed forces and the
police. Just as nobody is permitted to collect hand grenades just because
they are a “genuine hand grenade collector” nobody should be permitted to
collect automatic weapons. Collectors will complain, of course. The answer
to the complaint is simple. Collect something else instead. It is a question
of priorities. The risk to life created by the existence of these weapons is too
great to permit them to exist at all.