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The Government of Saskatchewan has applied to intervene in several legal challenges against federal firearms legislation.
The original challenges were heard in Ottawa in April 2023 by the Federal Court of Canada. They were dismissed on Oct. 30. A month later, four of the applicants, including the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights, filed appeals.
Justice Minister and Attorney General Bronwyn Eyre originally announced the province’s move on Feb. 2.
“We believe in the merits of this case on administrative and constitutional grounds,” Eyre told the Saskatoon Wildlife Federation. “The federal ban already includes up to 1,800 ‘variants,’ will cost billions of dollars, and directly conflicts with sections of the Criminal Code which state that firearms that can reasonably be used for hunting or sporting purposes cannot be banned.”
Bill C-21 became law in December 2023 nearly a year after it was introduced.