Black Creek Labs Exits Canada Semi-Auto Rifle Market After Bans
21 May 2020
TheGunBlog.ca — Black Creek Labs is exiting Canada’s semi-auto rifle market after politicians and police banned the company’s flagship product under mass confiscations to weaken citizens and cripple the firearm industry.
Black Creek Labs “has made the decision to halt all research, development and manufacturing of semi-automatic rifles made specifically for the Canadian commercial market,” the Peterborough, Ontario-based manufacturer said on its website.
- The prime minister on May 1 ordered the immediate prohibition pending confiscation of more than 125,000 firearms, including Black Creek Labs’s bestselling BCL102 rifle. It is now a crime to use, buy, sell, import or transport any of them.
- The BCL102, chambered in .308 Winchester and fed by AR-10 ammunition magazines, is owned by thousands of hunters, farmers, ranchers, sport shooters and collectors.
- The federal police is working in secret to prohibit even more rifles, shotguns and components, including ones made by Black Creek Labs.
Why It Matters
- Black Creek Labs is the newest casualty of the governing Liberal Party’s attacks against Canada’s 4,400 federally licensed firearm businesses and 2.2 million individuals.
- The party’s arbitrary actions against honest citizens, assisted by the police, violate fundamental principles of ethics, justice, the rule of law and parliamentary democracy.
Black Creek Labs Statement
Following a strategic review of the current Canadian political environment as it relates to the recent firearms prohibition and the reclassification of many semi-automatic sporting rifles, Black Creek Labs has made the decision to halt all research, development and manufacturing of semi-automatic rifles made specifically for the Canadian commercial market.
After the recent firearms prohibition instituted by the Canadian Government and the subsequent, incoherent and unexpected ban on the SLR Receiver sets (SLR Coyote) and many other rifles two weeks after the initial Order in Council, Black Creek Labs has determined that the risk and challenges facing Canadian firearms manufacturers is too great to continue any type of further investment in that market.
“Although it greatly saddens us to be forced to stop making semi-automatic rifles for the Canadian commercial market, we are excited about our strategic transformation and will divert all available resources to the development of products for export sales including the European and U.S. commercial markets and Military and Law Enforcement sales around the world. We will keep a close eye on the Canadian political landscape and the specific regulations pertaining to the classification of semi-automatic rifles and if there is a positive change, we will be well positioned to immediately start servicing the great people of Canada again.” [CEO] Rob MacIntyre
Source: Black Creek Labs, Press Release, 21 May 2020
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