Ford against firearms ban

by Steve Galea | June 18, 2020
Ford against firearms ban

Ontario Premier Doug Ford spoke out against the new federal firearms classification regulations, introduced on May 1, which banned 1,500 “military grade” firearms.

Ford said guns and gangs are the problem and that “the only way to tackle gun violence is to crack down on the illegal guns that are smuggled in daily at our borders.” He advocated more funding for border security and increased “legal ramifications for convicted gun crimes.”

He went on to say “The problem is not legal gun owners. We need to target smugglers and we need to throw the book at these gangsters out there terrorizing our streets.”

Buyback program criticized

The premier also criticized the cost of the buyback program — estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars — that will purchase the newly banned firearms from their legal licenced firearms owners.

“I can’t help but think that money could be put to much better use. Hunting down the violent criminals and stopping these illegal guns at our borders,” said Ford.

He said he would be willing to work with the federal government to strengthen border security and prevent smuggling but emphasized that harsher sentencing for gun related crimes was critical saying, “Don’t give them a slap on the wrist and then try to point the finger at legal, law abiding gun owners…”

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Comments

  1. Mike wrote: Canada will not be able to stem the flow of firearms by labelling more models as "illegal" because your border is uncontrollable and those who don't follow the law to begin with aren't going to stop their illegal ventures. As an American sportsman who has hunted in Ontario province, and whose heritage is part French-Canadian, more repressive laws will only prevent legal use applications and tourism. Trudeau and the firearm banning groups are not working for the best interest of Canada, in my opinion.
  2. Brian wrote: Will he stand with Alberta and Saskatchewan premieres and do what they are proposing
  3. Eric Halvarson wrote: Thank you Mr. Doug Ford for your support of licensed law abiding gun owners and your common sense approach to smuggling and gangs. Sincerely, Eric, 65 years young gun owner.
  4. Roger wrote: Good for you Doug Ford maybe u can talk some sense to Trudeau on this topic
  5. Wade J. wrote: Mr.Ford. Your doing a great job for Ontario so far. Thank you..Question is will you support and join Alberta and Saskatchewan on their stand against Trudeau and blairs firearms ban and reject the bill????
  6. George White wrote: If doug supports us legal owners them why not do the same as Saskatchewan and Alberta premieres and put in an Ontario appointed CPFO!!!!
  7. Ralph Corneil wrote: Great to see someone in the political sphere with some common sense! Hiring more Border patrol officers and searching more if not all vehicles, containers etc would stop the flow of guns to criminals. Consider legislation that if you discharge a firearm in a populated area such as Toronto you immediately serve say 10 years in jail. No parole etc then you have a trial concerning the actual firearm, weapon offence and add appropriate jail time to the 10 years. Properly worded legislation would remove the objections of lawyers and taking the option away from judges to change the sentence would deter a lot of these crimes. Key is: who has the ability and foresight to return sanity to our judicial system? I am very displeased with the current Liberal government, not only on this issue but other issues as well. Shame on you Bill Blair! Stop being a puppet and stand up for law abiding people!
  8. Brad Britt wrote: FINALLY A POLITICIAN WHO RECOGNIZES THE ROOT PROBLEM IN SOCIETY.. THAT IS TO SAY LEGAL GUN OWNERS ARE "NOT" THE PROBLEM. IT IS ILLEGAL GUNS SMUGGLED INTO THE COUNTRY AND FIND THEIR WAY INTO THE HANDS OF CRIMINALS/GANGS. ADDITIONAL WE NEED EXTREME PENALTIES FOR CRIMES COMMITMENT IN COMMISSION OF SAID CRIMES. RE-WRITE THE CRIMINAL CODE AND LOCKUP CRIMINALS/SMUGGLERS AND ILLEGAL POSSESSION, LONG TERM INCARCERATION WILL BE THE ANSWER!!
  9. Robert Foote wrote: Mr. Ford. You have been doing an Awesome job and continue to do so. I, as a Hunter and sport shooter for over 50 years, appreciate You standing up for all of us hunters and sport shooters. It's great to hear a politician speak about Firearms Owners in a positive way and stand up for our Rights. Thank You.
  10. Deejay wrote: Bad guys always get illegal guns! Focus your money and efforts on the smuggling of guns to the bad guys and leave honest, registered gun owners alone. Most efforts on gun control are reactive after a crisis. Let's be proactive for a change!