Bill S-223 dropped from Order Papers, officially dead

Bill S-223, tabled in the Senate earlier this year that would have heavily restricted firearms ownership in Canada, is officially dead.

The private member’s bill, titled “Strengthening Canadians’ Security and Promoting Hunting and Recreational Shooting Act” and known as S-223,  that sought to introduce sweeping changes to the Criminal Code and Firearms Act that would almost entirely eliminate lawful firearm ownership in Canada has been dropped from the Senate Order Papers on Thursday.

S-223 was introduced in early April by former senator Celine Hervieux-Payette, who reached the age of mandatory retirement just 10 days after the bill’s first reading leaving the bill without a sponsor.

In the Senate a bill cannot be debated on without a sponsor, and has a deadline of 15 sitting days to be debated in the Upper House. After 15 days of no debate, the bill is automatically dropped from the Senate’s Order Papers and can no longer be debated. If the bill’s sponsor wishes to resume debates after being dropped from the Order Papers, they must reintroduce the bill start over again at first reading.

According to the bill’s text the Firearms Act would undergo a massive overhaul to include incredibly draconian restrictions. Such changes include the reclassification of all restricted firearms and non-restricted semi-automatic, centre-fire guns as “circumscribed firearms”; the prohibition of all firearms in Canada except hunting rifles, guns used at shooting clubs, and collectors’ firearms; making only hunting firearms legal to possess anywhere but at a shooting range; limit the transport of “circumscribed firearms” to sanctioned transportation companies; replace registration certificates with “inscription certificates; repeal most of the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act; and prohibit the storage of circumscribed firearms int he homes of licensed gun owners.

Before being introduced as S-223, the bill was originally introduced by Hervieux-Payette in 2015 as Bill S-231 where it also died during second reading.