- Matthew Zarr went to North Pro Sports in Saskatoon on Wednesday morning and bought a handgun.
- North Pro Sports owner Kevin Kopp reports that sales have grown dramatically since the announcement on Monday.
- The Saskatoon Wildlife Federation’s executive director, Todd Holmquist, said the organisation has been “flooded” with people wanting to join or renew their memberships.
Matthew Zarr went to North Pro Sports in Saskatoon on Wednesday morning and purchased a handgun.
“I will buy a firearm today before it’s too late,” he explained.
Zarr is one of several customers who have come into the store since the federal Liberal government introduced Bill C-21 on Monday, which passed its first reading in the House of Commons.
The bill set a national ban on importing, buying, selling, or otherwise transferring handguns, among other things. It does not outright ban handguns, allowing current owners to keep and use them, but it does seek to limit the number already in circulation in Canada.
Kevin Kopp, the owner of North Pro Sports, claims that sales have increased greatly since the announcement on Monday.
“The new proposed handgun legislation has sparked a lot of interest in purchasing,” Kopp added. “You’re looking to acquire a handgun now if you were thinking about buying one in the last four months.”
The store’s inventory is running low, so it’s upping its order size to meet demand before the bill passes.
“You’re hurrying if it’s something you can’t obtain in the future and you need it today or within the last six months.” “You’re stepping up, making a purchase today,” Kopp added.
Since the bill was introduced, Back Forty Guns and Gear sales have increased dramatically.
“Our modest little store has certainly seen a minimum 60% boost in sales in the previous two days,” employee Lance Kelsey said.
“People are worried because, like every other time, when horrible law is enacted, people panic and want to get in before they can’t get a gun,” Kelsey explained.
Meanwhile, Todd Holmquist, executive director of the Saskatoon Wildlife Federation, said the organization has been “flooded” with people wanting to acquire or renew memberships.
After a previous law lapsed with last summer’s general election call, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino stated that the government planned to introduce “extremely proactive” firearms legislation in early March.
Source: CTV News