The Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights (CCFR) released an open letter on Thursday written by a police officer concerning the recent gun ban that was put into place by the Liberal government through an order-in-council.
The officer is writing from a "western province in a major municipality” and works in a specialty team partly focused on gang crime. The officer owns several guns and is concerned about the way the Liberal government cut through legislation without a parliamentary debate and acted as if it was "above our parliamentary system."
"This is an open letter about being on the right side of history and doing the right things for the right reasons. That goes for both us and the government," the letter reads. "It is important to always keep in mind that governments, politicians and partisan ideologies come and go. We serve the people of Canada. We are not a tool of the minority government waiting to do its bidding, ready to trample over the Charter rights of the citizens of Canada and seize legally obtained property in the hands of innocent men and women."
The ban was announced on military-grade "assault-style" weapons in Canada shortly after the mass shooting that took place in Nova Scotia on April 18-19, resulting in a total of 22 deaths and three injuries. The ban does not allow gun owners to sell, import, transport or use the guns.
"If the official opposition or the Canadian courts don’t undo this decision, police members in Canada as well as other parts of the legal system will be involved in breaching the Section 8 Charter rights of law abiding Canadian citizens when we are involved in the unlawful seizures of privately owned property," the letter continues. "All of these actions will be carried out because a small group of people in a minority government decided that they were above our parliament and our courts."
The officer also encourages people who believe that this action should be stopped by the government and that more focus should be placed on criminals to write letters of their own and anonymously send them to the CCFR.
"We need to make our voices heard. We are the professionals in public safety, we are the ones who run towards the criminals with the guns, we are the ones who must speak the truth," reads the letter. "Sincerely, a concerned colleague and Canadian citizen."