For those who are unfamiliar with the Slippery slope as it applies to gun ownership, a read or a re-read of the article “All The Way Down The Slippery Slope” by Joseph E. Olson and David B. Kopel might be in order.
A more current example seems to be taking place in Canada right now – or I should more accurately say, “again”.
The Deputy Chief of the Ontario Firearms Office has mused in public that handloading of ammunition may be a problem – at least in his bureaucratic mind.
Buying ammunition in Canada requires a firearms licence, but some people make their own ammunition, and gun and gang experts say that has led to a black market in the sale of bullets.
“It would be nice if people had to have a licence to buy the components; currently they don’t,” said Deputy Chief Tony Cooper of the Ontario Firearms Office.
If you’re over 18, it’s legal to buy all the components needed to make bullets — primers, gunpowder, casings and bullet tips. For about $100, a person can buy enough supplies to make 1,000 “hand-load” homemade bullets.
“It’s very common … for people to hand-load. I would say it’s been something that’s been done for a couple of hundred years,” said Cooper.
He says hand-load bullets are commonly used by hunters and target shooters.
The fear is the hand-load bullets will get into the hands of the wrong people.
Cooper said “it’s the exception, certainly not the rule,” but it is a concern.
No one knows how many hand-load bullets make it onto the streets because there has never been an audit of casings from crime scenes.
Now this idea of making it more difficult to own ammunition is nothing new. Back in 2007, Ontario’s Chief Firearms Office made a presentation to other provincial CFOs about the concept of more restrictive regulations for ammunition ownership, which according to the brief was initiated by the Ontario Liberal government (no surprise there). A quick read should make you very nervous.
You might also note that the expert from the Ontario Firearms Office pontificates that you can handload 1,000 rounds for $100. A good indication of how knowledgeable he is on the subject. I don’t know what era his cost calculations come from.
Regardless, as the ad men used to say – probably back in the time frame that Mr. Cooper’s costing came from – he ran the idea up the flag to see who would salute.
Just another attempt to make gun ownership and use a little more difficult. All in the long-term plan.