firearm, or any air gun or any device or contrivance for muffling or stopping the sound of the report of any firearm, without having a permit therefor, which permit may be issued in the same manner, by the same persons, and as near as may be in the same form, as in the case of the other permits referred to in this section; provided that no British subject shall be required to obtain a permit with respect to any shot-gun now owned by him;
The effect of that was to compel every one who had a rifle, revolver, or a weapon of any kind in his house to go to the chief of police and obtain a permit. Now in some sparsely settled parts of this country the chief of police may be sixty or a hundred miles away. It also meant that a citizen of Toronto or any other large centre- places in which so many of these burglaries and hold-ups were taking place-who had a weapon in his house must get a permit from the chief of police. Furthermore, any city, town or village to which had been donated a cannon by the Government had to obtain a permit for that,-they have had to get permits for cannons that were used at Sebastopol and Louisburg; I suppose they have had to get permits even for the cannons in the embrasures at Quebec. Now, I do not think it was the intention of Parliament to put a provision of that kind on the statute book. It is not only absurd in that respect,' but people have very often been compelled to pay from 50 cents to $5 for these permits, though the Act did not anticipate that any charge would be made. Furthermore, I think it is a very grave hardship that a man who has a military rifle and wants to shoot should have to get a permit. The intent of the present Bill is to strike out that clause of last year's Act and restore the law as it stood on the statute book in 1919, providing that aliens alone shall come under the rule. I think we can trust Canadians in this country. This is not Ireland; we have no rebellions or troubles of any kind here, and it is a reflection on Canadian citizens to have a law of that kind as one of our statutes.