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Firearms ownership in Canada is a privilege. You must be in possession of a valid PAL to own firearms. There are three legal classifications of firearms, Non Restricted, Restricted and Prohibited. The Prohibited class is no longer available to new firearms owners. In addition there are three common types of firearms, Rifle, Shotguns and Handguns. You are responsible for your firearms twenty four hours a day. Remember criminals will always get firearms. After a very long battle and concerted efforts by firearm owners and shooting organizations the long gun registry is history. Effective June 15th 2015 challenges are no longer available.

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The coming year 2020 will definitely be a challenging period for us.We need to get organized and form a solid front. Therefore you are encouraged to belong to a shooting organization to help in this struggle. Those of you who are still on the fence hoping that the few individuals will carry on; on your behalf, think again all the help is needed. Play your part.
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Gun crime

The continuing political focus on reducing gun and gang violence in Canada is, at least statistically speaking, a fight to reduce the frequency of offences that already represent only the tiniest fraction of the crimes committed in this country. Any broad claim that our streets are unsafe isn’t supported by the facts.

In 2018, there were 651 homicides in Canada, representing less than 0.2 per cent of all violent crimes. Of those homicides, 259, or about 40 per cent, involved a firearm, and one in 10 was gang-related. Both numbers represented a decrease from the previous year.

Even the number of crimes in which a firearm is present is low. Of the roughly 2.1 million police-reported crimes of all types in Canada in 2018, the perpetrators were packing heat in only 7,477 of them (or about 3 per cent of all violent crime).

It’s also worth remembering that the crime rate in Canada is lower now than it was in 1980. The country is less dangerous on that score. And yet governments of all political stripes are talking up the threat of gun and gang violence.

Ottawa is in the midst of spending $327-million over five years “to reduce gun crime and criminal gang activities.” The Liberal government also plans to ban some semi-automatic rifles, and to work with provinces to implement a partial ban on handguns in urban areas.

This week, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said forthcoming gun-control legislation will include “red flag” provisions that allow courts to order the removal of firearms from legal owners deemed to be at risk to themselves or others.

In Ontario, Premier Doug Ford last month made a dramatic show of announcing new funding for police in Peel Region to fight gun and gang violence.

“We’re coming for you, we’re going to find you, we’re going to catch you and we’re going to lock you up for a long time,” he grimly warned gang members.

The push by politicians to show toughness is a response to two different things: a series of deadly mass shootings; and localized spikes in deadly urban gang violence.

Both have unsettled the public. Murder rates “are considered benchmarks for levels of violent activity both in Canada and internationally," as Statistics Canada put it. And in this country of late, the killings have come in bunches.

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In Toronto in 2005, the so-called “year of the gun," the number of gun homicides in the city doubled from the year before. Many shootings were gang-related, but some of the victims were random innocents caught in the crossfire.

A second wave of equally deadly gun violence in 2007 prompted an provincial inquiry into the roots of youth violence and crime.

Since then, gun violence and gang-related shootings have dropped across the country, but have continued to rise in Toronto. In 2019, the city saw 490 shootings, in which 248 people were injured and 44 died. That broke the previous record of 428 shootings, set just the year before.

The country has also suffered through horrific mass shootings, including (but not limited to) the Quebec City mosque massacre in 2017 that killed six people, the rampage in Fredericton that killed four people, including two police officers, in 2018, and the attack on bystanders on Danforth Avenue in Toronto 2018 that killed three.

Hence the current tensions in Canada. The unsettling rise in gang violence and shootings in (mostly) Toronto, combined with a series of unrelated mass killings, has left the public jittery and governments desperate for politically palatable solutions.

But other than the welcome possibility of partial firearm bans, which could help reduce mass shootings and gun suicides, we have yet to see or hear anything that addresses the complex issue of urban gang violence.

History has taught us that this is not just a policing issue, or just a gun issue, or just a crime issue. It’s all of these, and a lot more. It’s not something that can be fixed by spending more money on a narrow set of priorities, or by talking tough at a news conference.

The fact is, some racialized communities in our cities have been living with deadly gun violence for years. They need long-term, considered help, not grandiose political posturing designed to appease a broader public that only intermittently becomes aware of the painful reality they live with on a daily basis.

Be Warned

In 2015, candidates of Canada’s Liberal political party ran for office on the promise of more gun control; recently, the left-leaning leaders took steps that will bring Canada into the fold of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), a decision that has gun rights groups crying foul—and justifiably so.

The ATT represents one more step toward confiscation, something the Liberal party denies, by creating a registration scheme that will let the government oversee which licensed gun owners buy what firearms. It claims the treaty simply establishes “common standards for the international trade of conventional weapons” by seeking “to reduce the illicit arms trade.”

Sounds innocent enough, until you learn, as the Arms Control Association points out, that means that the pact calls for states to “establish and maintain a national control system, including a national control list.” In other words, a national gun registry.

Fortunately, the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights (CCFR), the National Firearms Association (NFA) and the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) collectively see the agreement for what it is: a call for a gun registry. They cite a clause requiring member states to include small arms on a list of conventional weapons to be subject to stringent records. Unfortunately, it might well be too late because the measures that the Liberal government advanced pave the way for Canada to become a treaty member in September.

The Canadian government scoffed at the concerns gun-rights groups raised, saying that the ATT allows for personal gun ownership. But let’s examine that. The NRA has long opposed the treaty because of its potential effect on law-abiding American gun owners. 

In fact, the treaty contains doublespeak that gun-control advocates can say protects our rights, but that really just lays groundwork for infringements on the individual right to keep and bear arms. Indeed, the early segment of the treaty addresses “the sovereign right of any State to regulate and control conventional arms exclusively within its territory” and “use of certain conventional arms for recreational, cultural, historical, and sporting activities.” But those nuggets have no binding support elsewhere in the document.

Canadian firearm-advocacy groups claim that the small-arms category of the ATT could ultimately require thousands of gun hobbyists and sport shooters to register their guns. One group adds another concern about outsiders trying to change societal norms in multiple countries. “The CCFR is opposed to all participation in the Arms Trade Treaty as we believe that regulation concerning private firearm ownership should be formed by Canadians for Canadians,” the coalition’s chief executive officer and executive director, Rod Giltaca, told iPolitics.

Law-abiding gun owners in America can breathe a little easier now that President Donald Trump, during the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in April, moved to withdraw the United States from the ATT, but it still bears watching as support for the ATT is likely to rear its ugly head again in the future.

Much like the CCFR’s assessment says, it is precisely the notion of an international panel imposing its worldview on Americans that prompted calls for Trump to remove America’s signature from the document, which then-Secretary of State John Kerry signed in 2013.

If we hearken back to the days of this nation’s founding, we remember early leaders calling for a laissez-faire approach to government keeping its hands out of business. That concept can now be expanded to pertain to the ATT. America, Canada and other nations have the wherewithal to manage their own destinies. We don’t need a group of progressive know-it-alls to come up with more pipe dreams on how to rid the world of firearm ownership by private citizens.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2019
Trudeau Government to Announce Nationwide Ban on Guns at Women’s Conference

Justin Trudeau will announce “a sweeping gun ban” at the Women Deliver Conference
in Vancouver, B.C., June 3-6 with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in attendance.

Tony Clement dropped this bombshell in the House of Commons earlier today. See the video here!

“I have it on good authority that the Prime Minister has a secret plan to ban legal
firearms. Apparently this plan is to be executed by Cabinet directive with no debate in
Parliament. Can the Prime Minister confirm or deny this zero-accountability secret
plan?”

Minister Bill Blair refused to answer the question.

Blair’s cross-Canada dog-and-pony-show did not deliver the information the Liberal
government wanted. Instead, his consultations showed Canadians, at 81%,
overwhelmingly oppose a national ban on handguns and semi-automatic rifles.

Mr. Clement said his “very reliable” source is not connected to the firearms industry or
gun owners advocacy groups, but to the Liberal Party itself.

This end-run around Parliament is probably because the Liberal Party’s internal polling
shows they are headed for a crushing defeat in Election 2019.

One thing we can assure both our members and gun owners across Canada: in Election 2019, we will do everything in our power to turn the Liberal Party’s greatest fears into reality.

Blair's mandate letter was released by the Prime Minister's Office on Tuesday, along with those for each member of cabinet.

His other marching orders include:

  • Develop new policies and legislation to reduce organized crime, gang activity and money laundering in Canada, working with provinces, territories and municipalities, as well as community organizations, law enforcement and border agencies.
  • Lead talks with the United States on modernizing the Safe Third Country Agreement.
  • Seek additional opportunities to expand pre-clearance operations for travellers to the United States.

EDMONTON – While awaiting the court’s decision on whether the Quebec’s government legislation purporting a provincial firearms registry is constitutionally valid, the province has gone ahead and released their draft regulations for if the courts rule in their favour.

The Quebec Firearms Registration Act passed in 2016 but it is currently held up in court as Canada’s National Firearms Association is challenging it on constitutional grounds.

“These draft regulations are very concerning,” says Sheldon Clare, president of the NFA.  “These are even more onerous then the ones that were within the wasteful and ineffective federal long-gun registry that it aims to replace.  If our court challenge is successful all of this should go away, but if it isn’t make no mistake: the Quebec government is coming after hunters, farmers, and sport-shooters.”

In addition to the requirements that were part of the failed federal long-gun registry, Quebec gun owners will be required to provide additional information, such as the usual storage location of firearms.

“The only justification for that requirement is to facilitate an eventual seizure of firearms by law enforcement officers.  This is more evidence that the Quebec government views all gun owners as ‘would-be criminals,’” adds Clare.

Another concerning aspect of the regulations is that individuals and businesses who wish to transfer non-restrictive firearms will now be required to verify that the proposed transferee remains eligible to hold their firearms licence – meaning they will not be able to rely on their firearms acquisition licenses but have to contact the Canada Firearms Program or the Chief Firearms Officer to make such a transaction.

“The Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) is in no way capable of handling such a task, they are not set up to do that – this will not work.  Businesses will suffer because of this, not to mention private sales and gun shows that operate outside of business hours when the CFP is open.  It will become even more complicated and time consuming, if not impossible, to buy or sell firearms under these regulations.”

Though Quebec Public Safety Minister previously assured firearm owners that there would be no engraving required, the Quebec government is now insisting that an additional ‘unique firearms number’ be marked upon every firearm.

The only way to do that is through stamping, engraving or laser etching.

“Not only is the Quebec government targeting firearms owners, they are also breaking their word to us.  Not only will this be costly for gun owners, but it will also be a logistical nightmare with over 1.2 million firearms existing currently that will have to be marked over a very short period of time,” added Clare.  “Needless to say, gunsmiths are not currently equipped to perform such a large number of marking operations over a short time.”

All of this may be for naught if the NFA is successful in their court challenge against the Quebec government.  The parties were in court in the beginning of this month and the ruling is expected within two months time.

Canada’s National Firearms Association is this country’s largest and most effective advocacy organization representing the interests of firearms owners and users.

Egg in thier faces.

Red-faced RCMP officials have apologized to a Delta firearms firm and its owner after a headline-making 2008 raid supposedly to stop gun trafficking to gangsters.

On the eve of a lengthy civil trial over the incident Monday, the federal government settled out of court and, as part of the agreement, the force issued a rare exonerating letter over the bogus operation.

“I write on behalf of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to apologize for the search of the Silvercore Advanced Training Systems Inc. (“Silvercore”) premises in Delta, British Columbia, the seizure of Silvercore firearms inventory and records, the wrongful arrest of Travis Bader, and the prosecution of criminal charges against Travis Bader and Silvercore, which were ultimately stayed by Crown counsel,” Inspector Janis Gray said.

“I have conducted an exhaustive review of the police file and all of the evidence and circumstances surrounding the search, seizure, arrest and charges, and I have concluded that there is no evidence that either Silvercore or Travis Bader ever committed any criminal offences.”

Two Surrey RCMP Constables, David Clarke and Michael Everitt, provided with information by Canadian Firearms Centre officer Jeff Harrison, were behind the misguided operation.

The centre is responsible for administering the Firearms Act and the Firearms Registry, handling all licences and authorizations as well as the registration of restricted and prohibited firearms.

The police and firearms officer claimed they were only doing their duty in the investigation, reputedly triggered by an attempt by Bader’s father to register a restricted handgun.

“A letter of apology from RCMP brass confirming my innocence takes some of the sting out of the long delay, and we look forward to resuming our relationship with the RCMP and its members,” Bader said.

He started Silvercore in 2003 after roughly a decade of providing training in firearms and safety to police officers, sheriffs, corrections staff, Canadian Border Security guards and others.

As well as offering courses and training, his firm did gunsmithing and bought and sold firearms.

In the course of his business, much of it with law enforcement, Bader was authorized to possess, store and transfer restricted and prohibited firearms as well as regular guns.

Still, in May 2008, the RCMP raided the Delta company’s facility in the 7100-block of Vantage Way, alleging it was connected to guns that ended up in the hands of criminals.

According to police, decommissioned guns that could be easily reassembled and returned to working order were finding their way into the wrong hands.

Bader’s father, Gordon, is a retired 30-year veteran of the Vancouver Police Department and was an instrutor with Silvercore.

The former ERT sniper and past director of the anti-gun-control lobby, the Responsible Firearms Owners Coalition of B.C., Gordon Bader was also a firearms instructor at the Justice Institute of B.C., which trains police officers, and a gunsmith at the Vancouver Police Museum.

Both father and son said at the time the accusations were rubbish.

Still, Travis added the “confusion, the anger, the embarrassment” were nearly unbearable.

The Mounties painted the arrests and the raid, during which hundreds of guns were seized, as a response to what was then a murderous spree of gang violence around Metro Vancouver that had claimed 31 lives.

Still two years later, one of the officers involved, Clarke, was charged with dealing drugs, theft of police property, breach of trust, and possession of a number of illegal restricted weapons.

All criminal charges against Silvercore and Bader were stayed on March 19, 2010, by Crown attorney Todd Buziak.

“From my review of the entirety of the information provided to me, I can advise you that neither Travis Bader nor Silvercore Advanced Training Systems Ltd. were involved in any criminal wrongdoing,” Buziak wrote in a letter after the charges were dropped.

All Firearms Act charges were stayed in May 2010.

“I think that everyone will understand that a letter of apology from the RCMP is a precious commodity and the settlement sum is confidential,” Bader’s lawyer Jason Gratl said.

The force has not yet responded to a request for explanation.

 

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