RCMP Prohibition of 10/22 Magazine
The RCMP has taken aim at the Ruger high capacity 10/22 magazine which holds 25 cartridges. Despite the fact that these magazines have been legal in Canada for decades, the RCMP firearms lab has suddenly concluded that because they will fit Ruger Charger pistols or clones, and since pistols are limited to magazines of ten rounds, the magazine should now be classified as prohibited. This was confirmed in a memo dated July 21, 2016 from the RCMP Criminal Division Branch.
“Once again, with little or no justification, the RCMP has demonized legal, law-abiding firearms owners and criminalized tens of thousands of firearms owners across the country who have these magazines in their possession. As usual, they offer no facts to justify the decision, no statistics, no examples of these magazines being used in a crime. Instead, they based the decision on the possibility that someone, somewhere, after decades of lawful use, might choose to use one in a manner for which it was not intended,” said Greg Farrant, manager of Government Affairs and Policy for the OFAH.
What can you do?
Write, call or e-mail your Member of Parliament, the Minister of Public Safety and the Prime Minister. Tell them, politely, that as a legal, law-abiding firearms owner you are appalled that the RCMP seems intent on finding ways to harass the firearms community and that you want the decision overturned. A list of MPs and their contact information can be found at www.parl.gc.ca/parliamentarians.