The province will seek to advance legal arguments that the federal government has overreached with its plans to ban 1,500 models of firearms – the majority of which were previously classified as non-restricted – simply because the “style” of the firearm was deemed to be esthetically displeasing.

An intervener participates in a legal proceeding so they can provide useful and unique submissions regarding the determination of legal issues before the courts. By intervening, Alberta will be able to contribute arguments based on the specific challenges the federal legislation has created for the local law-abiding firearm community.

“The federal firearms ban will lead to the confiscation of 30,000 firearms in Alberta alone. Alberta is considering all options at its disposal to protect Albertans and the property rights they are entitled to.”

Tyler Shandro, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General

Quick facts

  • The current judicial reviews include:
    • Cassandra Parker, Canada’s National Firearms Association v Canada (AG)
    • Canadian Coalition for Firearms Rights et al v. Canada (AG)
    • John Hipwell v Canada (AG)
    • Michael Doherty et al v. Canada (AG)
    • John Hipwell v. Canada (AG)
    • Jennifer Eichenberg et al v Canada
  • Attorneys general have the automatic right to intervene on constitutional matters. On non-constitutional issues, attorneys general must apply for leave to intervene.