Today The Saskatchewan Firearms Act became law with a unanimous vote in the Saskatchewan legislature.
“It is important for Saskatchewan to have its own provincial firearms legislation to ensure the concerns of responsible firearms owners are taken into account,” said Christine Tell, Minister of Corrections, Policing and Public Safety.
“This legislation will create a strong, consistent framework to enhance public safety and support the proud tradition of responsible firearms use and ownership in this province,” Tell said.
The Act will:
- With respect to recent changes by the federal government that impact lawful firearms owners:
- establish licensing requirements for seizure agents involved in firearms expropriation;
- require and oversee fair compensation for any firearms being seized; and
- require forensic and ballistic testing of seized firearms.
- Establish a provincial firearms regulatory system that will promote the safe and responsible use of firearms.
“The Saskatchewan Firearms Act is critical to our work to improve public safety, promote responsible firearms ownership and assist the police in addressing crimes committed with illegal firearms,” Chief Firearms Officer Robert Freberg said.
“This legislation, and the significant funding we have received in this year’s provincial budget, will be put to good use as we continue to develop the Saskatchewan Firearms Office,” Freberg said.
The Saskatchewan NDP, through MLA Trent Wotherspoon, joined with the Saskatchewan government to protect and defend hunters, sport shooters and collectors from federal government overreach.
This marks a very public break with federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, who is committed to Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government and its national firearms confiscation scheme that is still without a timetable, without a plan and without financing through the federal budget.
We congratulate Minister Christine Tell, Chief Firearms Officer Robert Freberg and the entire Saskatchewan Legislature for standing up for the citizens of Saskatchewan and against the overreach of Justin Trudeau’s federal government.
For more information, please contact:
Tony Bernardo, Executive Director
Canadian Shooting Sports Association