these are what I would consider horrible gun laws. First they make you get training before even owning a handgun? Insane, Everyone has a GOD given right to defend themselves any waY THEy deem necessary. You can only Carry your rifle/shotgun to and from a range to home, that is horrible. Your handgun has to be kept unloaded and ammo stored in a different place, both of them locked? Tell me how this guy u mentioned unlocked his gun, and loaded it and shot cops who was doing a no knock warrant. Obviously that gun was already loaded, because on a no knock warrant they are on you in no time, first thing they do is detain all occupants of the home. You also state you can even BUY machine guns, but then you say they had to be made and BOUGHT before the 80's, so how can you buy a machinegun now if it has to be bought before the 80's to be lawful?? These are total deprivation of human rights. It doesnt due a whole lot of good to own a gun, if you cant even carry it, and keep it loaded in your own home if it is for self defense. If your laws are this erronious, Id say it wont be long before owning a handgun in canada is a thing of the past. And you seem content with these laws? If I must live in canada, I would be doing everything I could to have these laws removed, I wouldnt even be able to sleep at night just thinking about how badly people where running my life. Here in good ol Kentucky, I can go right now to the gun store, buy as many guns I want, load everyone of them, set em right on my dash, and drive home. I think the good lord he blessed me with living in such a wonderful country and an even better state. Fight for your rights, stand up for yourself, and do not settle for them stripping you of your ability to protect yourself.Canadians can own firearms, rifles and handguns. They can even open carry rifles & shotguns (to and from home/the range). You do need to take a small short class to be able to own a handgun though, and after that you can keep as many guns as you want, in a safe (unloaded) with the ammunition in another locked area around your house.
You can defend yourself no problem, as long as the gun wasnt loaded before the incident. A man in Quebec shot 2 cops in self defense when they illegally executed a no-knock warrant on his home at 3am, with his 2 kids and wife in the house. He shot the one cop in the head, and the heart, with a 357 at point blank range, and was found innocent of murder charges.
The gun laws here are not THAT bad, and people can even own, and buy machine guns (If they owned one before the 80's and the machine guns were made before then)
Occasionally, you may get a conceal carry permit, if you can prove your life is in danger, they will give you a temporary one until you have reason enough to believe you're safe.
All in all, the gun laws are not horrible, and years ago you could carry anything and own anything no problem, it's just recently that Canada passed some stupid laws about guns, but recently many people have been working hard to get these laws gone, so Canadians can start carrying and keeping loaded guns in the house.
Plus, with a HUGE amount of our country mostly Forrest and other things, there is a very high amount of hunters here, and many people own rifles, handguns, crossbows, etc.
People often think we have no guns, because, Canada actually has an extremely low rate of guns used in crimes. (Except Toronto, which is like the Canadian Detroit)