How does reclassifying something gun related make it illegal? Good example, the Ruger 10/22 large capacity magazines.
First, ownership(re: possession) has to be made dependent on permission from the government. To do this the government had to outlaw simple possession of a firearm. Now you have to get permission to possess a gun from the government in the form of a licence. This was achieved with the introduction of the Firearms Act in 1995. The addition of sec 91 and 92 to the Criminal Code of Canada made gun possession in Canada illegal by default:
· 91 (1) Subject to subsection (4), every person commits an offence who possesses a prohibited firearm, a restricted firearm or a non-restricted firearm without being the holder of
After getting all proper permission and forms filled, most Canadians can obtain a non-restricted, or restricted licence. As for the prohibited class licence(this is important), the only way to have this class is by grandfathering, or, you had to have had a firearm of this classification before the Firearms Act came into law. You cannot get one and once you lose it, it is gone. Everything you thought you owned under the prohibited classification is now forfeit to the crown. Another word for this is ‘confiscation.’
So, when the RCMP ‘reclassify’ something, like the Ruger 10/22 magazines, they are saying that they do not want you to be able to own that particular ‘thing’ and are telling you that they are going to confiscate it. The prohibited class is being used a confiscation tool.
Next time you hear of something being ‘reclassified’,…in reality, it is about to be confiscated. Licencing and registration truly does lead to confiscation.