^ It is what it is. Without getting into a huge political debate, it all boils down to the fact that the right to bear arms isn't protected under Canada's version of a Constitution. It's considered a privilege just like a driver's license.
Doesn't mean that I agree with the laws (they have their upsides and downsides), I'm just providing information, that's all.
What surprised me was that (under the assumption that you have the appropriate licenses (I have my PAL and RPAL)) it is relatively easy to import a firearm into Canada, but the technical hitch is exporting them from the US. I looked into it in the event I inherit some handguns from a family member residing in the US. (I do hold US citizenship. )