Gun sales surge at Richmond gun store after gun freeze

The proposed legislation has some people moving quickly to buy firearms before it’s too late.

Guns are flying off the shelves at a Richmond gun store following the federal government’s latest announcement that it will freeze the sale and importation of firearms into Canada.

On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the introduction of new legislation to further strengthen gun control in Canada and curb gun violence.

Some of the measures include the implementation of a national firearms freeze to prevent people from buying, selling and transferring firearms within the country.

Following this announcement, some Richmonders have decided to “load up” some firearms before it’s too late.

David Yang, manager of West Coast Hunting Supplies on No.3 Rd, told the Richmond News that gun sales at his store increased significantly after Trudeau’s announcement on Monday.

“We have been very busy this week and all the guns in my store could be sold out by the end of this Saturday. Customers kept coming in and a lot of them weren’t happy with the proposed legislation,” said Yang, who has run the gun supply store for more than a decade in Richmond.

To buy a gun here, a person must pass a background check with the police, take the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and obtain a Possession and Acquisition license, Yang explained.

“So the new rule is going to hurt well-behaved, law-abiding gun owners more than people actually involved in organized crime,” he said.

One of the customers who chose to remain anonymous told the News that he decided to “react quickly” after hearing the announcement.

“I usually hang out with my friends at the outdoor shooting range for fun and the latest announcement made me worry about a shortage of shotguns in licensed stores in the future,” the customer said.

Although customers have been lining up to buy guns, Yang said he is unsure about the future of his store.

“Our industry has been hit hard by the current supply chain issue and the new legislation could make us fight harder. Our sales are up dramatically this week, but we are concerned that once we run out of supplies or Ottawa passes legislation, our sales could decline in the future,” he said.

Local Richmond MP Parm Bains of Steveston-Richmond East said the federal government’s rebate program will offer compensation to help affected homeowners and businesses.

“It is my wish that Canada can be a nation that never welcomes the culture of guns. We hear from many victims across the country and Canadians deserve to feel safe in their communities, homes, schools and workplaces,” Bains said.

“Canadians told us they wanted to see more action, faster, and we are delivering on our commitment to do more.”

Another local Liberal MP, Wilson Miao, said that he understands that most gun owners do not cause any harm to the community, and that the main reason for this move is to make sure these firearms are not in the hands of Dangerous people.

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