Canadian Prime Minister Justine Trudeau stated that guns are to be used for hunting and target practice, but not self-defense. Trudeau has been a large proponent of strict gun control measures, including stopping the sale, purchase, or transfer of handguns in Canada.
While appearing on the podcast Pod Save America, Trudeau stated:
“We have a culture where the difference is: Guns can be used for hunting or for sport shooting in Canada – and there are lots of gun owners, and they’re mostly law-respecting and law-abiding – but you can’t use a gun for self-protection in Canada. That’s not a right that you have in the Constitution or anywhere else. You can’t use a gun for self-protection in Canada. It’s not a right that you have.”
A petition was started on conservative media site, Rebel News, to stop new gun control measures. The petition says, “The Trudeau government must stop punishing law-abiding gun owners and keep their hands off our guns.”
Critics called out Trudeau’s changing opinion on gun laws. In 2010, Trudeau critiqued measures that would require citizens to register their guns. He referred to guns as tools for hunting and not self-defense.