Old Toronto gun owners the new target

Apparently based on pressure from the Toronto police department, Ontario’s Chief Firearms Officer has sent letters to selected firearms owners telling them that they will be contacted for home inspection under sections 102 and 105 of the Federal Firearms Act.

The criteria for the people picked for these inspections?

  • They are 75 years of age or older.
  • They are residents of the city of Toronto
  • They own 30 or more firearms.

The CFO has initiated this program because the Toronto police say that there have been cases where a senior has gone to a nursing home or has died and the guns were subsequently discovered by family or a landlord.

During the inspection the inspector will reportedly check for proper storage, correct paper work and assess the mental competence of the firearm owner.

The history of police interpretations as to what constitutes ‘safe storage’ is enough to make you very nervous about who comes into your house to do the inspection.

There is no word as to whether the inspector will do medical examinations to determine which of those so chosen are close to passing on to that big shooting range in the sky.

No doubt the inspectors will also be fully competent to make an assessment of the mental competence of the gun owners as well.

If you are one of the lucky old-timers who gets the nod, will they want to check your Last Will and Testament to determine whether provisions have been made to pass those bad old firearms on to someone when the end comes?

This is such a stupid move on the part of the Ontario CFO it is hard to understand why he proceeded without any discussion with outside groups. Arrogance always comes into the picture of course. I’m not really sure who the hell the provincial CFOs actually answer to. Maybe God, and only by appointment.

Then of course there is the question of why 30 guns? Why not 20 or 25 or even 40? Do they have certain individuals in mind? Is someone dying with 30 guns in possession more of a problem to the Toronto police than someone with 20?

Or is this intended to be just the first step with the program to be extended at a later date.

No answers, just questions.

Eternal vigilance my friends.

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