Firearm buyout after Canadian leader's announcement of crackdown on ownership
Handgun sales booming, dealer says
Last Updated Dec 29 2005 08:12 AM CST
Liberal Leader Paul Martin may have inadvertently become the best salesperson around for gun dealers in Saskatchewan.
Earlier this month, Martin announced a $650-million law-and-order plan that would put new restrictions on handgun owners. Some collectors might be required to disable their handguns or surrender them to police.
Under the plan, only law enforcement officers and a small number of target shooters would be able to own handguns.
Now, some gun store owners in Saskatchewan say Martin's announcement has boosted business. One theory is that people think if they buy handguns now, they won't be subject to the new rules.
Darryl Schemenauer, who owns TNT Gunworks in Regina, says the sale of handguns is soaring.
"Not only us, but handgun sales have gone up, we heard, in some areas, 300 per cent," he said. "The thinking is, it's going to be very hard for government to come to your house and actually take that handgun away."
Schemenauer doesn't know exactly how many handguns he's sold since Martin's announcement, but he's confident sales have hit a record high for his store.
He predicts the trend will continue until a ban goes into effect or the Liberals lose the upcoming election.
Under the existing law, handguns are restricted weapons. That means in order to have one, people need a firearms licence that is valid for restricted firearms.
Also required is a registration certificate and, for those who need to move their guns from one location to another, an authorization to transport. As well, there are regulations for the storage, display and transportation of handguns.