There’s no need for a major overhaul of our gun laws, and there are far less draconian and faster ways to tackle any concern over lawful guns being sold onto the black market.
The Globe and Mail
Robert Fife, Ottawa Bureau Chief
Published July 26, 2018
In the wake of the recent Toronto shooting a recent Globe and Mail article quoted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying he will decide in mid-August whether to pursue a ban on handguns as part of a new legislative agenda he would outline in a fall Throne Speech, a senior official says.
Mr. Trudeau has asked a team of advisers to examine the pros and cons of proroguing Parliament and starting over with a fresh policies and priorities for the period leading to the election in October, 2019. The official said the Prime Minister wants them to report in time for the Liberal cabinet retreat on Aug. 22 in Nanaimo, B.C.
Apparently they don’t think there will be much opposition to this so if they don’t hear from the 2.1 million law abiding Canadians who obey the law and didn’t hurt anyone they just might get away with this.
- Click here to find your member of parliament – call and write him or her.
- Join or renew your membership with your favourite shooters’ rights group.
As most of you are aware BILL C-71 – An Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms is working its way through the system to become law. To read the act CLICK HERE .
Victor Skaarup, the Chair of the BCWF Recreational Shooting Sports Committee, recently sent out copies of the letters from the President of the BCWF to Minister Goodale regarding Bill C-71 that relate to the email calls for action sent to BCWF members.
He asks that your continue to encourage people to write the minister with cc’s to their Member of Parliament and to phone/meet with their local MP.
To read all of the letters CLICK HERE.
As you probably have heard, the government has posted a “Notice of closure on C-71 (More Gun Control)” in order to rush it through to a vote as soon as possible.
Writing letters is good, and I strongly endorse that approach. It is particularly important to let your local MP know your thoughts.
However you can also use the telephone.
Please call Mr G Butts Secretary to Prime Minister Trudeau and politely request that bill C-71 bill be subject to full debate or be rescinded.
Mr Butts can be reached at: 1 613 992 4211
Please be polite when speaking to Mr Butts.
Just say: ‘There is no urgency to rush this legislation through and limit debate. I request that bill C-71 be subject to full debate or be rescinded.’
If you wish, you may also politely request that the non-victim, non-violent, administrative Firearms act offenses be removed from the criminal code (Criminal code section 91, and Criminal code section 117.11). Hundreds of non-violent Canadians are charged – each year – with these offences and lose their firearms.
Thank you for considering my request.
BCWF can be a leader in this fight.
If we don’t stand up for ourselves, who will?
Chair, BCWF Firearms Committee
On March 20th, 2018, Minister Ralph Goodale tabled Bill C-71 in the House of Commons proposing amendments to the Canadian Firearms Act. This Bill passed second reading March 27, 2018.
Authorizations to transport have been gutted. The only permitted uses are to shooting ranges and Purchase-to-Home, but will still include “all ranges in province”. All currently held ATTs will be cancelled on passage of Bill C-71.
The BCWF feels this provision only impacts law abiding gun owners. We believe that it is unnecessary to eliminate “Transport to/from a Gunsmith” and “Transport to/from a gun store for Appraisal or Sale” and “Transport to/from a Gun Show” and “Transport to/from a Border Point”. There is no evidence these activities have created a public safety issue and therefore should remain in place.
Another reason to make those calls and write those letters.
Communication is the key to defeating Bill C-71. Firearm owners must voice their displeasure to the House of Commons and the media as soon as possible, and keep the pressure on our elected officials.
CSSA members have asked us for talking points to use in their communications with federal members of Parliament. We are delivering with 35 separate talking points listed below.
Here are three excellent methods to express your opinion to our elected representatives: Continue Reading →
The purpose of the committee is to advise the Minister of Public Safety on pragmatic measures to reform Canada’s firearms policies, laws and regulations to ensure a modernized firearms regime that will keep Canadians safe and safeguard their rights and freedoms in an open and democratic society.
The Committee will consist of up to 15 members. It will include individuals who are civilian firearms users, knowledgeable law enforcement officers, public health advocates, representatives from women’s groups, and members of the legal community.
The National Firearms Association and the Canadian Shooting Sports Association feels that, once again, there is no one from the shooting community who truly represents civilian firearms users with the latest round of appointments. Continue Reading →
We get quite a few questions from our older members who are licensed (or grandfathered) to own what is known as 12-6 handguns, defined as ‘s.12(6): handguns with a barrel length of 105 mm or less or that discharge .25 or .32 calibre ammunition. On licences issued on or after April 10, 2005, these firearms will be referred to as 12(6.1) firearms’. Their question is whether or not they can get these handguns transferred into their children’s name even though their children are not licensed to have them. Continue Reading →
One of the Liberal Party’s Firearms Policies.
One of the firearms policies that the liberals announced in their elections platform was to ‘Immediately implement the imported gun marking regulations that have been repeatedly delayed by Stephen Harper’.
Most of us have heard lots of rumours as to exactly what these regulations are and how they will effect law abiding gun owners. The Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) has done an analysis of the effects of these regulations. CSSA states that there will be an enormous cost involved in complying with these regulations and in order to stay in business this enormous cost can only be absorbed by being passed on to the consumer, and the cost of a new firearm in Canada will skyrocket, perhaps more than $200 per firearm in the first five years, per CSAAA (Canada’s industry organization) estimates. This is the average cost applicable to any firearm regardless of retail price. It also makes the assumption that the importer can withstand the astronomical set up costs and is still in business.
If you are interested read the full article and draw your own conclusions.