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Canada has strict gun control laws. So why is Trudeau attempting to ease enforcement?

Trudeau attempting to ease enforcement

Key Takeaways:

  • In 2010, a Canadian-made Enfield rifle can be seen at a gun and rifle store in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. 
  • A previous version of this note stated incorrectly that a Minnesota jury found Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty.
  • In Wisconsin, Rittenhouse was tried by a jury. The report has since been updated.

The phrase “as a Canadian” began trending on Twitter in Canada shortly after a Wisconsin jury returned a “not guilty” judgment in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. The relevant tweets typically consisted of incredulous Canadians sputtering about how, “as Canadians,” they couldn’t understand how a man caught so brazenly and recklessly wielding firearms could go unpunished.

However, it is unlikely that things would have turned out very differently if Rittenhouse had been tried in Canada. Not because of the verdict Canada does have stricter gun laws than most states in the United States because it does not have the Second Amendment but because being convicted of a gun crime in Canada isn’t always a big deal. It may become even less so shortly.

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Stephen Harper, Canada’s previous Conservative prime minister, made mandatory minimum penalties (MMPs) a centerpiece of his law-and-order agenda. In most cases, violating the law with an MMP, which included both violent and nonviolent firearm charges, resulted in a prison sentence on the first conviction. It was a classic conservative initiative to limit the discretionary power of judges, whom the right had long derided as being too soft on criminals (and, specifically, wary of imprisonment).

Trudeau attempting to ease enforcement; Image from Foreign Policy

Later, other MMPs were overturned by courts that cited the Supreme Court’s precedent. However, as Tony Paisana, a partner at Peck and Company, told the Canadian Bar Association’s National Magazine in February, such decisions have been made “on an ad hoc basis, province to province,” with little in the course of a unified strategy.

This is the situation that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s re-elected government seeks to address with Bill C-5, a piece of decree that will repeal 20 MMPs still in effect, thereby “turning the page on the approach of the previous government,” in the words of Justice Minister and Attorney General David Lametti.

Thirteen of the 20 MMPs being repealed involve firearms. They will eliminate mandatory prison sentences for many gun-related offenses, such as using a gun while committing certain crimes, improperly keeping or traveling with a firearm, and firearm trafficking.

Source: Washington Post

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