If a legal opinion on the Liberal government’s 20mm maximum bore diameter is interpreted the same way as the RCMP’s Canadian Firearms Lab has ruled in every other case involving removable chokes, the answer is unequivocally yes.
Yet on May 1, 2020, Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair promised Canada’s hunting community he would not take away our guns.
“I want to assure hunters and farmers and target shooters in this country that nothing that we are doing today or will do in the future is intended to interfere with this lawful, responsible and legal activity,” Blair said.
“Either Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Blair are too inept to comprehend the scope of their new regulations… or they lied,” wrote Tony Bernardo, Executive Director of the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) in a May 5th press release.
The CSSA issued a press release jointly with the Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association’s (CSAAA).
“In the legal opinion of Edward Burlew L.L.B., one of the foremost experts in Canadian firearms law, Justin Trudeau and Bill Blair banned almost every modern 12-gauge and 10-gauge shotgun in Canada with removable chokes because they exceed the maximum bore diameter of 20 mm as defined in SOR/2020-96.” [Download PDF of Burlew’s legal opinion]
Bill Blair’s Order in Council says banned guns include:
“Any firearm with a bore diameter of 20 mm or greater.”
The RCMP has long ruled removable chokes are not part of the bore – the largest internal diameter of the tube through which a projectile travels, excluding the chamber.
Therefore, when you remove the choke and measure what’s left, the threaded barrel, in most cases this now exceeds the 20mm maximum diameter mandated in the government’s Order in Council banning a wide swath of previously Non-Restricted and Restricted firearms.
Telling hunters “nothing that we are doing today or will do in the future is intended to interfere with this lawful, responsible and legal activity” after you issued an Order in Council banning over a million hunting shotguns guns is either a big fat lie or it’s gross incompetence.
Either way, Trudeau and Blair’s latest foray into “gun control” just dumped a truckload of “Unintended Consequences” at their feet.
We will see how the Liberal government’s dynamic duo copes with the big steaming pile of crap they created in the days, weeks and months ahead.
(Unintended Consequences is also the title of an excellent book by John Ross)