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B.C. gun shops see a surge in clients after Canada moves to limit handgun sales

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Key takeaways: 

  • ‘As soon as they reveal new gun power measures, everyone wants to go in and buy a firearm.’
  • Dan Shemley, warehouse supervisor of Great North Precision Canada in Kelowna, B.C., states after the federal government tabled legislation to limit gun sales, clients had bought every firearm the shop had in stock by midday the next day.

A proposed national freeze on the sale of firearms in Canada has several British Columbians running to get their hands on one while they still can.

On Monday, the federal government tabled legislation that would preclude the country’s buy, sale, importation, and transfer of guns. The rules are part of Bill C-21, which is anticipated to be in full force this fall, and, since the pending law was declared, B.C. gun store owners say they have seen a wave in sales.

“You get many people that as soon as they reveal new gun authority measures, everyone wants to go in and purchase a gun,” said Dan Shemley, warehouse manager of Great North Precision Canada, which sells handguns in Kelowna, B.C.

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A proposed national freeze on the sale of firearms in Canada has several British Columbians running to get their hands on one while they still can

To buy a gun in Canada, a person must have a restricted firearms license.

Shemley, talking on Daybreak South, said he counts handgun sales make up around 10 to 15 percent of the shop’s business, but the pending legislation has pushed up demand. The shop is currently “messy,” with licensed handgun operators racing to get what’s left in inventory. He says the shop had sold out all the firearms by midday on Tuesday. 

Daybreak South producers called three other shops that sell firearms in the Kelowna area this week, and all of them said they were swamped.

Source – cbc.ca

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