Canada’s National Firearms Association demands the immediate removal of Bill Blair as Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and further, a public inquiry into the rationale and actions leading to the recent sweeping firearms ban.
Speaking from Prince George, BC, NFA President Sheldon Clare said, “From our analysis of yesterday’s regulation banning hundreds of thousands of semi-automatic firearms, and from the briefing with representatives from stakeholders, Public Safety, CBSA, Global Affairs, the R.C.M.P. and Justice, it is clear that the regulations were rushed through, and are ill-considered, unfair, and will cause harm. The Minister is either malicious or incompetent, and either reason warrants his dismissal.”
“The government has been arbitrary and vindictive in the way in which this was done. Last minute enabling changes to the law regarding what may and may not be classified are cause for grave concern about process and purpose,” stated Sheldon Clare, President and CEO of the NFA. “These regulations were clearly a rush job, and possibly violated international agreements regarding notice of significant changes affecting international trade. The rationale for this action is highly suspect and simply unsupportable on the facts. There was no emergency here – this is clearly a matter of social engineering and ideology, rather than sensible public policy,” Clare continued.
The NFA will also assist with any legal challege in federal court.