OPINION: Trudeau gun grab will be ineffective and very expensive

OPINION: Trudeau gun grab will be ineffective and very expensive

A restricted gun licence holder holds a AR-15 at his home in Langley, B.C. on May 1, 2020. Article content Here we go again. Ottawa’s budget watchdog is on the trail of another big taxpayer boondoggle in the making with the federal government’s latest gun policy. Article content First, a Liberal government introduced the gun registry in the 1990s. That was supposed to cost $2 million, but, by the time it was abolished in 2012, the tally was over $2 billion . Despite the heavy price tag, the gun registry was notoriously ineffective in limiting guns in the hands of criminals. The latest attempt at gun control, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new gun buyback law, will likely cost at least hundreds of millions more than expected, but won’t improve public safety. During the federal election of 2019, Trudeau committed to cracking down on gun crime after a spate of brazen shootings that summer. Toronto Mayor John Tory called on the federal government to do something to put an end to the gun violence in his city. Article content Trudeau’s proposal seemed simple enough – ban certain types of firearms, then use tax dollars to reimburse gun owners for giving them up. When the Liberal Party announced this policy it told voters the gun buyback would cost about $200 million. In 2021, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair then said the costs would land “somewhere between $300 and $400 million dollars.” Now, the government’s independent budget watchdog, the Parliamentary Budget Officer, […]

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