Health Minister Tyler Shandro said Thursday that the province was ready to move forward with Phase 2A and B in the coming weeks. (Photo by Paul Taillon/Office of the Premier)

Alberta, three other provinces oppose using police resources to confiscate guns

Alberta, Saskatchewan Manitoba and New Brunswick are against using RCMP and municipal police resources to confiscate more than 100,000 firearms from Canadians.

Provinces joined together at the 2022 Meeting of Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Justice and Public Safety to discuss the federal government’s plan to use police resources to confiscate legally acquired firearms, the Government of Alberta said in a release Friday.

The four provinces also called on the federal government to ensure that no funding for the Guns and Gang Violence Action Fund or other public safety initiatives be diverted to the federal firearms confiscation program.

“Two years ago, the federal government said that using police resources would be ‘expensive and inefficient,’” said Minister of Justice Tyler Shandro.

“Now the federal government has resorted to using police resources to seize firearms from Canadians. Make no mistake, the federal firearms confiscation program will cost us billions and will not improve public safety. Alberta’s government is not legally obligated to provide resources and will not do so.”

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