Petition to stop government crackdown on legal gun owners reaches 76,000 signatures

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on January 8, 2020

An anti-gun control petition, e-2341, on the Canadian Parliament website has garnered, since December 17th, an incredible number of signatures from both concerned citizens, both owning and not owning firearms.

Bradley Manysiak, who started the petition, told The New Telegraph that he had started a petition in response to Liberal Party indicating intentions to further regulate gun ownership in Canada.

Bradley stated that, “What got me started is [seeing] a news clip of Bill Blair on TV, and he signaled the liberal government’s intention to use an Order in Council to ban military style [firearms]. When I saw this I was taken aback, because the use [of such an action] for something like this would be unprecedented.”


When Bradley had made the petition it became clear that the Liberals’ intentions to restrict what weapons can be held by legal gun owners struck a nerve with a large portion of the Canadian public. 

“I wrote a petition. I got five signatures. I contacted my MP for Glenmount, who I’ve spoken with before, and [he was] very enthusiastic about backing it. And once the process was finalized, and official, the petition was posted. And within the first day, I believe we had 12,000 signatures,” Bradley explained, “We just cracked 68,000 today.”

Bradley sees the strong reaction to his petition, which is as of January 8th at 76,000 signatures, not only to be directed at the distaste for further unnecessary gun regulations but to the bad priorities of the Liberal government.

“I think most Canadians, and especially firearms owners, are just frustrated with how this government has handled the whole firearms file. I think most Canadians see that their focus is on the wrong areas. This petition not only speaks to firearms owners in Canada, it speaks for all Canadians at its base.” Bradley said.

Wyatt Claypool

Wyatt is a student at Mount Royal University, where he is the president of its Campus Conservative club. In his writing, he focuses on covering provincial and federal politics, firearms regulation, and the energy sector. Wyatt has also previously written for The Post Millennial.

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