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Letter to Hon. Vic Toews, MP – Repeal of Magazine Capacity Regulations

10 October 2012

Hon. Vic Toews, MP
Minister of Public Safety
House of Commons
Parliament Bldg.
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6

Dear Minister Toews:

Subject: Repeal of Magazine Capacity Regulations

Canada’s National Firearms Association requests that the Conservative government take steps to remove legislative restrictions in the Firearms Act and its related regulations that are unnecessary and have no effect upon public safety.

The restrictions on magazine capacity are such a regulatory problem.  Based on anecdotal evidence, Canada’s National Firearms Association estimates that there are tens of thousands of people who are not in compliance with the regulations that limit standard capacity magazine size for pistols and centre-fire semi-automatic rifles.  Our organization believes that there are hundreds of thousands of these magazines in the hands of Canadian firearms owners, many of whom are not even aware that these magazines are prohibited.  While these magazine capacity restrictions do not affect the actions of criminals, they have placed many people into non-compliance with a law that provides a significant criminal penalty for having a magazine that can hold more than 10 shots for a pistol and over five for a semi-automatic centre-fire rifle.  Several common firearms are designed to use standard capacity magazines with capacities well above those arbitrary limits imposed by a previous government.

Administering this regulatory requirement provides a significant administrative burden on the government and taxpayer, as well as a potential criminal liability on otherwise innocent people who possess such magazines.
I ask that your government take steps to repeal this unnecessary regulation and restore the legality of standard capacity magazines.

Yours truly,

Sheldon Clare
President, Canada’s National Firearms Association