Hand­guns come with ex­ten­sive checks and pro­tec­tions

The Peterborough Examiner - - OPINION -

A book that I would bet money on that Justin Trudeau has never read is the RCMP “Cana­dian Re­stricted Firearms Safety Course.” It can be pur­chased for $20. Any­one who wants to pur­chase a hand­gun must first take a two-day re­stricted firearms course for $145.

Once the course is passed, they must fill out an ap­pli­ca­tion with the RCMP. They must have two guar­an­tors. They must give mar­i­tal sta­tus and sig­na­ture of spouse. It will take two to three months to get your li­cence.

All safe stor­age rules must be fol­lowed as with hunt­ing ri­fles. The only place the hand­gun can be used is at a reg­is­tered gun club. The an­nual fee is be­tween $600 and $800.

The po­lice must be no­ti­fied of the route taken from your home to the gun club. A per­son can­not de­vi­ate from this route. If you change res­i­dences the RCMP must be no­ti­fied.

When a gun is pur­chased, there is a wait­ing pe­riod of a few weeks be­fore you can pick it up. At this time an­other back­ground check is car­ried out by the RCMP.

Am­mu­ni­tion can­not be pur­chase with­out a firearms cer­tifi­cate.

As far as the num­ber of guns stolen from pri­vate own­ers, the po­lice have ad­mit­ted the num­bers are un­re­li­able.

Gary Har­rod, Douro-Dum­mer

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