COMMENTARY – The Long-Awaited RCMP High River Report Has Been Released. CSSA-CILA 2015-02-12
For those of you just joining the show, this report is the culmination of over 18 months of investigative work performed by the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), an allegedly independent government agency.
In June 2013, the Town of High River, Alberta, experienced catastrophic flooding after experiencing heavy rainfall. The Canadian military and the RCMP responded in a search and rescue effort to ensure people's safety. However, several days into the event, the effort changed from a search and rescue operation to a search for firearms. Hundreds of homes had their doors kicked in and legally owned firearms confiscated from empty homes under the pretext of public safety.
Despite the fact that the town had been evacuated and there were no people, despite the fact that the military search and rescue helicopters hovered overhead with state-of-the-art infrared detection equipment looking into houses for anything alive, and despite the fact that the police and military had reported to their superiors that no people were left in town, the search for legally-owned firearms and the confiscation of those firearms continued unabated for several days.
On a tip from a member, the CSSA raised the alarm with the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and within hours the PMO had sprung into action with a cease and desist order to the RCMP. Regardless of this, however, the confiscations continued for another day or two. The Prime Minister's Office publicly declared that every gun seized would be returned to its rightful owner – no questions asked.
We are pleased to report that the directive from the Prime Minister's Office was followed and that the vast majority of firearms were returned to those rightful owners. However, the High River report pays scant attention to the destruction of almost 4 tons of ammunition taken from people's homes.
Incredibly, the report appears to be little more than a not-so-transparent attempt to come up with legalities to excuse the offensive behaviour of the authorities in High River. Actions that were undertaken with little or no forethought now have complicated legalese explanations. However, even the disappointing apologist atmosphere inherent in the report was incapable of excusing a number of the transgressions committed in High River. The report makes many recommendations to correct wrongdoing that occurred in this incident. While the entire document will soon be downloadable from our website, some of those recommendations most relevant to Canadian firearms owners are contained below.
Amongst many other things, the report found that:
- “In a number of cases, RCMP members’ forcible entries to facilitate home inspections caused significant damage and were not reasonable in circumstances where buildings were unaffected by the flood.” (Finding No. 23)
- “The secondary entries for the specific purpose of seizing unsecured firearms were not authorized by the Emergency Management Act.” (Finding No. 24)
- “In a number of cases the RCMP seized firearms which were lawfully secured.” (Finding No. 29)
- “RCMP members were not authorized by the Criminal Code to seize secured firearms.” (Finding No. 30)
- “Where a secondary entry into a building was not authorized under the Emergency Management Act or the common law, the seizure of unsecured firearms was also unauthorized.” (Finding No. 34)
- “In several cases the searches exceeded their authorized scope by expanding from a search for people or pets to a search for firearms or contraband.” (Finding No. 37)
- “RCMP members failed to report to a justice to show that they had reasonable grounds to undertake warrantless seizures pursuant to paragraph 489.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.” (Finding No. 39)
If there is a bright ray of sunshine in this dismal event, it is that the Prime Minister's Office responded so quickly to the violation of Canadian citizens. Indeed, the vast majority of the Conservative government caucus has been very sympathetic to the plight of the citizens of High River.
Canadians owe some respect and thanks to the government of Stephen Harper for its quick defence of the rights of Canadians. Firearms owners also owe a huge debt of gratitude to dogged CSSA Life Member, Dennis Young, to the stellar journalist, Lorne Günter, and to Sun Media. Thank you all for the great work you did keeping this issue alive for the last year and a half.
The Government of Canada has vowed that the recommendations contained in this report will be implemented. Now, the waiting starts and the healing begins.
Chair-Initiated Complaint and Public Interest Investigation into the RCMP’s Response to the 2013 Flood in High River, Alberta
...However, as the crisis wore on, the conduct of RCMP members was questioned, as residents were informed that during the evacuation, their homes were forcibly entered, and in some cases windows were broken, doors were kicked in and firearms were taken.
...The full text here....
TEAM CSSA Special Report: Several years of hard work have come to fruition -- Harper Government announces common sense firearms measures for law-abiding firearms owners. CSSA-CILA 2014-10-07
We at the CSSA would like to thank our members for their support and participation in the challenge of the arbitrary ATT provisions imposed by the Ontario CFO under section 58(1.) While there are many MPs that helped us move forward on the issues contained in this bill, we would especially like to thank MP's Garry Breitkreuz and Cheryl Gallant for their unending toil in assisting us in bringing the ATT and Section 58(1) issues to the attention of Parliament. Lastly, we would like to thank Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney for listening to the concerns of hundreds of thousands of Canadians and making these changes happen. "Thank you Minister, it has been a pleasure to work with you and your staff."
While we recognize there are still many severe problems inherent in the Firearms Act that have yet to be resolved, this bill represents another significant step in the right direction.
Today, the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, introduced the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act. This Bill meets the Government’s objective to cut red tape for law-abiding firearms owners and provide safe and simple firearms policies.
Changes to the Criminal Code and the classification regime would enable the Government to take steps to ensure the rights of lawful firearms owners are respected.
Brant Scott (1952-2014)
The Ottawa Citizen
September 17, 2014
SCOTT, Brant (Barney)
It is with profound sadness that we must announce the sudden and unexpected passing of the unique and irrepressible Brant Scott on September 16, 2014. Brant was the truly devoted husband of his beloved and best friend, Susan (Presley) and the loving and immensely proud father of Graham (23) and Mary (21). He is pre-deceased by his parents, Robert Scott and Jule (Petman) and survived by his brother Gilbert (Barbara), sister Barbara (Ray), in-laws Charles and Joan Presley, brothers-in-law Michael (Carole), Sean (Tina) and a bevy of nieces, nephews and extended family who will long remember Barney as the guy who kept them laughing.
Brant was a mischievous schoolboy in Grimsby, a precocious teenager and young man in Muskoka and a charismatic adult in Ottawa. He instilled and endowed a fierce and continuous loyalty among friends acquired along the way, some of which date back to primary school. Once Barney’s friend: always Barney’s friend. In high school, he once berated an English teacher (as only Brant could) about the lousy material he was being taught only to be challenged to write something better himself. So he did; and never stopped. Brant was “Scoop Scott” and editor for the much heralded Bracebridge Herald Gazette, served as Executive Assistant for several MP’s on the Hill, wrote and edited for the telecommunications industry, edited judgments for the CRTC and did PR for various federal government departments. At the time of his death, he edited Between Us,a news magazine for the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre, contributed to community newspapers and was Communications Director for the Canadian Shooting Sports Association.
All of which paled to his true passions as a photographer and a rock and roll drummer. From his high school garage band, SouthPaw, through the Rochester Street and Hurricanes days of the eighties, his recent addition to the charity fundraising of the Verdict and to the various combos of friends and musicians with whom he jammed and shared drummer jokes, he pounded the tubs right up to the night before he passed away. To those he leaves behind, the loss is overwhelming and incomprehensible. To be deprived of his unique, self-deprecating humour, deliberately corny (and often repeated) one-liners, his steadfast faith in friends and family and his solid common sense opens a hole that cannot be filled. He will be missed beyond imagining.
Friends may call at the Westboro Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 403 Richmond Road (at Roosevelt) on Friday, September 19, 2014 from 1 to 3 and 6 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at St. Timothy’s Presbyterian Church, 2400 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, ON, Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 2 p.m. Donations in lieu of flowers to the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre would be sincerely appreciated. Condolences, tributes or donations may be made at www.tubmanfuneralhomes.com.
COMMENTARY: Proposed Act Attracts Kudos For Minister Blaney CSSA-CILA 2014-07-25
Reaction to the proposed Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act has been mixed, but mostly very positive.
Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney's July 23 announcement has landed in the middle of criticism emanating from both pro-gun and anti-gun extremists, which means it is probably very close to where the Harper government wants it to be. According to social media blogs and widespread media coverage, there appears to be overwhelming support for the minister's initiatives from gun owners and freedom-loving Canadians.
Minister Blaney was well-aware he was walking a tightrope over shark-infested waters by proposing changes to the current laws and easing restrictions to Swiss Arms and CZ-858 rifles. But, he chose to forge on despite imminent criticism. These are the politicians we need in Canada. With that said, Blaney knew there could be serious repercussions in the next election if the Conservative Party of Canada ignored the frustration growing within the firearms community.
Firearms dealers sitting on an inventory of Swiss Arms and CZ-858s got a raw deal, however, because they are still not allowed to sell these rifles – even though shooters can once again use them. The Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) partner – Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA) – continues to appeal to Minister Blaney on the dealers' behalf. If it's permissible to own and operate these rifles, surely it should be permissible to buy and sell them. As always, the CSSA will continue to push for eliminating gun classifications altogether because delineating between “good vs. bad” guns has no bearing whatsoever on public safety. It's just more PR nonsense that criminals love to ignore.
The firearms file has never been easy to move forward because the Firearms Act is a legal quagmire. Minister Blaney – appointed to Public Safety just a year ago – got up to speed quickly on his portfolio. He soon pushed back hard against the RCMP and Chief Firearms Officers who conjure up anti-gun rules like students in a high school improv class. Since Blaney arrived, however, Public Safety civil servants have learned this minister has teeth.
The minister and his staff did their homework for these legislative changes by conferring with non-government experts who understand firearms, politics, communications and law. These skill sets combine to create legislation that can weather the rigours of debate and find support from the majority of Canadians who have to live with the legislation. Federal opposition parties will have trouble finding fault with Blaney's new bill beyond the shopworn anti-gun mantra that blood will run red in the streets. Gun owners can expect the long-gun registry debates revisited, and they should push hard for the same end result.
CSSA and Canadian Institute for Legislative Action (CILA) executive director Tony Bernardo is one of the experts that Minister Blaney spoke with often. It is no coincidence that Tony Bernardo and Greg Farrant of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters were singled out by the minister during his announcement as valuable consultants in this process. Blaney sought counsel from those who believe in improving firearms legislation without jeopardizing the safety of Canadians.
Thousands of gun owners offered opinions via social media following the minister's announcement in Powassan, Ontario. The following comment made by an anonymous blogger sums up the CSSA's posture perfectly:
“I think these are positive changes, not only in terms of practical things that affect us day to day, but in terms of attitude towards gun ownership.
“Instead of bitching here, people should be out at the CBC, Globe, NP, and every other site, saying that this is a welcome change, and that there is no threat to public safety. Answer the anti-gun rhetoric with calm, factual answers. Convince Canadians that gun owners do not present a threat to them. Convince the CPC that helping us will help the CPC in return. Then we make the next step forward.
“Politics is difficult, and you don't win every battle, but we are so much better off now than we were four years ago. This battle is a generation old, and we are clawing back lost ground for the first time. Keep fighting.”
Every gun owner knows the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act is not perfect and not enough. But, it's a good interim indication that this government still recognizes that gun owners have been brutalized by unfair laws for much too long. The Coalition for Gun Control's post-announcement media release complains that Canada is one of the only countries in the world that is moving backwards by weakening its gun controls. We beg to differ – Canada started moving backwards in the 1990s when the Firearms Act treated gun owners like criminals-in-waiting. Minister Blaney's new legislation is actually a step forward – and the beginning of returning gun rights to responsible Canadians.
The Coalition for Gun Control also grumbles that the gun lobby has bragged about its access to the prime minister and the proposed Act is the latest evidence. Newsflash to anti-gunners: A prime minister who listens to over two million lawful, licensed Canadians is simply doing his job.
And we are doing ours.
A NOTE TO FIREARMS OWNERS: The CSSA is very grateful to our many members who have provided advice, guidance and support during the government negotiation process. The Conservative government of Canada appreciates the advice that you provide through the CSSA. We listen to our members and the government listens to us. Your voices are heard by the political planners who affect legislative changes to improve the future for responsible firearms owners. It's an on-going process and you are a big part of it. Thank you!
TEAM CSSA MEDIA RELEASE - July 23, 2014: Harper government introduces firearms bill to cut red tape CSSA-CILA 2014-07-23
Powassan ON – The Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) is pleased to support the Harper government's introduction of new laws that are both fair to firearms owners and safe for all Canadians.
The CSSA is committed to promoting heritage shooting activities and maintaining public safety across Canada. Our association has consulted with Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney who has introduced new legislation to cut red tape for responsible firearms owners.
While seeking a more permanent solution, the minister has passed an amnesty to permit trustworthy Canadians to own, transport and use Swiss Arms and CZ-858 rifles that were lawfully purchased. Minister Blaney also announced the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act to alter unfair and useless laws introduced by previous anti-gun governments. CSSA and the Canadian Institute for Legislative Action (CILA) executive director Tony Bernardo says the minister's initiatives are an excellent interim step toward fair and safe gun laws in Canada.
COMMENTARY: CSSA Honoured To Present Esteemed AGM Speakers CSSA, 2014-04-18
How else to explain the excellent group of guest speakers who have accepted invitations to address our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Niagara Falls this Saturday (April 26)? It is flattering to have a team of supporters like these.
Guess who's coming to dinner!
Garry Breitkreuz, MP: No elected representative has done more for Canadian firearms owners. He was the engine behind scrapping the long-gun registry for two decades and despite his recently announced retirement plans, that engine continues to rev on our behalf. He is the unofficial “Minister of Firearms” on Parliament Hill.
Kory Teneycke: Vice-President of Sun News Network – Gun owners have felt the anguish of widespread media abuse for many years. Our friends within the media were few and far between, and the advent of SUN TV has been a game-changer. Kory was communications director with Stephen Harper and took gun rights to the air. Find out how this policy became a winner through Sun News TV and newspapers.
Special afternoon seminars: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Dr. Caillin Langmann, M.D., Ph.D.: Author of Canadian Firearms Legislation and Effects on Homicide 1974 to 2008 – This Emergency Medicine Resident from McMaster University is one of the most recognized firearms authorities in Canada. More than two million firearms owners in Canada claim that gun controls do not deter crime – and Dr. Langmann has provided the peer-reviewed proof.
Patrick O'Neill: Director General, Explosives Safety and Security Branch, Natural Resources Canada – Learn the details about Canada's new reloading and ammunition regulations from the man who worked on the legislation. Every sport shooter who reloads their own ammo needs to know this information.
Joel Sturm: CSSA Regional Director – This firearms instructor and former high school teacher will explain how CSSA outreach can work in favour of the shooting sports. Find out how you can carry the torch for gun rights at a local level through personal contact and the media. Learn how to be an integral part of Team CSSA.
Come and hear where the CSSA has been and where it's going. Act now – tickets are going fast for this spring weekend event in beautiful Niagara!
For tickets and details, meeting us on our website at www.cdnshootingsports.org/2014/04/cssa_2014_agm.html or call 1-888-873-4339
WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND THE CSSA AGM THIS YEAR?
The Government of Canada is making a slow – but steady – recovery toward gun rights for Canadians. Join us for the CSSA AGM at the Marriott Fallsview in Niagara Falls on April 26 from 10 a.m. to noon. Come and meet your board members, and CSSA's political and communications advocates.
And don't forget the CSSA Stick to Your Guns Dinner that evening. Great buffet with lots of selection – book now for just $60. Cocktails at 6 p.m. – dinner at 7 p.m. Followed by guest speakers, door prizes, draws, and silent and live auctions.
Our generous sponsors have provided top of the line products from Stoeger Canada, Gerber, CRKT, SOG, Hornady, SeeAllOpenSights, The Gun Centre, Select Shooting Supplies, S&J Hardware, Otis Technologies, Triggers & Bows, Hillman Canada, North Eastern Arms, Lyman, Savage Arms and more. Bring your credit card and take advantage of the great deals available – you won't be sorry!
If you're not a CSSA member yet, we can fix that, too! Join here: http://store.cssa-cila.org/cart.php?target=category&category_id=248
Eighth Letter to RCMP Public Complaints Commissioner - March 24, 2014 Dennis Young, 2014-03-24
RCMP ATIP Documents Raise More Questions Than They Answer... ...read PDF...
RCMP's arbitrary gun ban is frightening Lorne Gunter, SunNews, 2014-03-05
Even if you think it’s a good thing that a line of scary looking Swiss rifles are now banned in Canada, it should really scare you that they were arbitrarily declared illegal by police, not Parliament. It is a dark day when police, not the people's elected representatives, can suddenly transform thousands of ordinary, law-abiding Canadians into criminals with the stroke of a bureaucratic pen.
Last week, Mounties declared a list of Swiss-made, military-looking rifles to be “prohibited.” The banned models had been sold legally in Canada since 2000 and as many as 13,000 Canadians own one or more.
Like many Swiss commodities, such as watches and chocolates, these well-made firearms are high-end items costing $3,000 to $4,000 or more.
Swiss Arms Prohibition CSSA, 2014-02-28
CSSA is in continuing communication with Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney's office and, as Tony Bernardo mentioned last night on the CBC, the resolution of this Swiss Arms debacle may involve compensation and/or legislative changes. We're working hard on this.
Swiss Arms Prohibition Outcome Is Developing CSSA, 2014-02-28
The CSSA continues to work with Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney's office seeking an outcome favourable to owners of the recently prohibited Swiss Arms SG-550 and SG-551. The situation is developing -- see the following exchange that took place during morning Question Period on Friday, February 28:
Mr. Chris Warkentin (Peace River, CPC): Mr. Speaker, yesterday, we were shocked to learn that the RCMP had reclassified hundreds of sport shooting rifles from non-restricted to prohibited. This happened after they had been legally sold in Canada for more than a decade.
While there have been no criminal incidents reported with this rifle, with the stroke of the RCMP’s pen, individuals who may have owned this rifle legally for the last 12 years are considered criminals as of today.
I wonder if the parliamentary secretary could please tell the House what the government’s position is on this reclassification and confiscation scheme?
Ms. Roxanne James (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, CPC): Mr. Speaker, we are in fact very troubled by the situation that has arisen from the Swiss Arms rifle. This decision was made by bureaucrats and not by politicians. That is why the Minister of Public Safety has ordered an urgent review of this unfortunate decision.
I would like to let all Canadians know that all options are on the table to ensure that no firearms owner who acted in good faith suffers any consequences as a result of this terrible situation. All of the options are being explored on a very urgent basis.
For more information, check out the CSSA E-News on March 2, 2014 coming to an inbox near you. If you aren't already receiving our E-News, you can subscribe ...here... It's free.
Explosives Act Update – Good News For Handloaders CSSA, 2013-12-18
After eight years of consultation and development with Natural Resources Canada, CSSA/CILA are pleased to announce the introduction of new draft regulations for the storage and acquisition of handloading components and ammunition. These regulations apply specifically to combustible ammunition components regulated under the Explosives Act. We believe these new regulations will allow greater freedoms to handloaders without presenting significant restrictions for others. Details ...here...
Rare Vacancy for Range Safety Officer Instructor Course - Toronto Area CSSA, 2013-12-12
We are pleased to announce we have a few rare vacancies for the CSSA Range Safety Officer Instructor Course and our Train the Trainer Course being held at the CSSA office, this coming weekend, Saturday, December 14th and Sunday 15th. Anyone wishing to take this valuable Instructor course and RSO course should contact the CSSA office immediately at 1-888-873-4339
Space is very limited so please reply as soon as possible.
Date: December 14 & 15, 2013 8:30 am to 2:00 pm (approximately)
Location: Canadian Shooting Sports Association
Cost: Range Safety Officer Instructor: $40 Train the Trainer (required) $40
Broken Trust: Gun Grab at High River SunNews, 2013-12-10
Sun News Network's premier feature documentary detailing the abuse of government power in the wake of the Alberta floods.
Doors kicked in. Windows broken. Personal property ransacked. By looters?
No! Police. Instead of helping survivors, police were caught seizing legal firearms for law-abiding gun owners. Watch the video here:
High River needs answers Matt Gurney, National Post, 2013-09-09
Gun seizures: The RCMP owes High River answers.
...High River, residents were astonished and outraged when the RCMP also announced that it had seized hundreds — well over 500, by the final tally — of firearms from residents.
The police contended that the firearms, having been abandoned “in plain sight” in an evacuated town, needed to be secured, presumably to prevent them from being stolen and falling into criminal hands. This seems far-fetched, as the town was abandoned and police were monitoring the access points, yet perhaps this explanation may have been justifiable in some circumstances.
But as residents began to return home, numerous reports emerged that suggested the police’s definition of “in plain sight” differed widely from what the public would expect. Firearms that had been properly stored, in compliance with all applicable laws under the Firearms Act, and secured inside closets or under mattresses — in other words, only in plain sight if you went out of your way to stare at them — were also removed. Furthermore, there have been many reports that teams forcibly entered and searched houses that hadn’t even flooded and remained habitable.
This is deeply worrying. The public must have faith that if ordered to evacuate in the face of imminent danger, the police will not exploit the situation to have a quick peek around their homes while they’re gone.
As public anger over this gun grab has persisted, Mountie excuse-making has become ever more unbelievable Lorne Gunter, Sun News, 2013-09-07
Gun-owners discouraged from leaving disaster-stricken Alberta homes.
In his letter, McGowan claimed his officers smashed down nearly 2,000 doors in the name of “protecting private property.” As one resident at the microphone wryly observed, “how is it protecting private property to destroy the doors to 1,900 homes?”
Even more incredible is the Mounties’ insistence that guns had to be removed from homes before it was safe to let residents to return to their homes because looters and vandals might take the guns.
Officers didn’t take credit cards, jewelry, cash, passports or other valuables -- just guns. So their door-busting rampage actually made homes much more vulnerable to robbery. (Thankfully there was no widespread theft.)
Mounties also maximized damage during their spree. Even at homes where it would have been possible to break a window to get at the lock, officers insisted on bashing in the door. This not only causes more damage, it takes more effort and time. It amounts to unreasonable search, something prohibited by the Charter. Not even an emergency justifies police treating private property with such contempt.
Quebec loses another gun-registry battle with the federal government. The Vancouver Sun, 2013-07-24
The Quebec Court of Appeal dismissed a Quebec government bid to force Ottawa to keep data related to the federal long-gun registry. ... On Tuesday, appeals court justice Pierre Dalphond dismissed Quebec's argument that starting from scratch would be an onerous financial burden.
He also cast doubts on whether the destruction of data would deprive police officers of a worthwhile tool and expose society to more violence.
"Police forces elsewhere in the country have been functioning without (such) a registry since October 2012 and there's nothing to suggest that that has led to irreparable or even serious harm," he wrote.
"Statistics and studies from the last 30 years don't appear to establish a correlation between the registering of long guns and the drop in homicide rates. As well, nothing suggests the number of crimes committed with long guns has increased in other provinces since October 2012."
Judge rejects Quebec’s attempt to block Ottawa from destroying gun registry data. Montreal Gazette, 2013-07-23
The Quebec data in the federal long-gun registry moved one step closer to being deleted Tuesday after the Quebec Court of Appeal refused to suspend a court ruling that said Ottawa does not have to hand over the data to the Quebec government. ...Judge Pierre Dalphond denied the request for a stay, saying Quebec’s argument that it would be costly to start its own registry from scratch is not strong enough to suspend a court ruling. ...more....
Quebec Court of Appeal refuses to extend order to protect gun registry data Sun News, 2013-07-23
For the second time in less than a month, Quebec has lost a bid to protect data on gun owners from being destroyed.
[Judge Pierre Dalphond] also disputed claims by the province and Quebec law-enforcement agencies who argued the gun registry saves lives. "Statistics and studies over the last 30 years do not appear to establish correlations between registration of hunting weapons and a drop in the homicide rate." ...more....
‘Hell to pay:’ Residents angry as RCMP sieze guns from High River homes Calgary Herald, 2013-06-27
‘It’s just like Nazi Germany,’ says resident
HIGH RIVER — RCMP revealed Thursday that officers have seized a “substantial amount” of firearms from homes in the evacuated town of High River. ... “I find that absolutely incredible that they have the right to go into a person’s belongings out of their home,” said resident Brenda Lackey, after learning Mounties have been taking residents’ guns. “When people find out about this there’s going to be untold hell to pay.”
Officers laid down a spike belt to stop anyone from attempting to drive past the blockade. That action sent the crowd of residents into a rage.
“What’s next? Tear gas?” shouted one resident.
“It’s just like Nazi Germany, just taking orders,” shouted another.
The guns will be returned to owners after residents are allowed back in town and they provide proof of ownership, [Sgt. Brian] Topham. added. ...more....
Time to shoot down provincial gun cops' ability to harass law-aibiding owners Lorne Gunter, Edmonton Sun (QMI), 2013-03-30
The subversive attacks on law-abiding gun owners by provincial Chief Firearms Officers show why it was a mistake for the federal government to stop just with the dismantling of the long-gun registry. The Harper Tories should have carried through with their original promise to repeal the whole of the contentious 1995 law, Bill C-68.
The CFOs ... now appear to be using the remnants of C-68 to harass legitimate gun owners [in the] hope they can make complying with their edicts and regulations complicated and aggravating enough that existing sport shooters, collectors and hunters will be encouraged to give up their hobbies and a new generation of potential gun owners will be discouraged from taking up firearms pastimes. ...more....
Gun owners ask feds to put Chief Firearms Offices out to pasture 2013-03-11
Ridiculous gun show rules prompt nationwide petition to shut down CFO for good.
Les propriétaires d’armes à feu demandent au gouvernement fédéral d’éliminer les Bureaux des Contrôleurs des Armes à Feu. (CAF) 2013-03-11
Un règlement ridicule lors d’une exposition d’armes à feu fût la goutte qui a fait déborder le vase et a provoqué la création d’une pétition pour enfin éliminer les bureaux des Contrôleurs des Armes à Feu pour de bon.
ATT Challenge -- A letter from Tony Bernardo 2013-01-30
By now I'm sure you're all aware of the problems our community is experiencing with the Draconian edicts from the Chief Firearms Office, first in Ontario, now in New Brunswick. For the sake of our rights, not just as firearms owners but as citizens of Canada, we must stand against this arbitrary oppression from an un-elected bureaucracy.
ATTENTION CANADIAN FIREARMS OWNERS:
CALL TO ACTION – PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS! 2013-01-29
Canada’s firearms community must join forces to fight the anti-gun civil servants who are trying to steal your rights.
CSSA SPECIAL REPORT: CSSA pledges court action against Ontario's Chief Firearms Office
Lawyer Ed Burlew to oppose civil servants who create their own laws.
Attention firearms enthusiasts -- please vote NOW to keep Sun News Network on the air. http://CanadianTVFirst.ca/
Sun News Network has made what it calls a "do or die" application to the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to be put on basic cable, just like its main competitors.
"We are asking for the same type of licence that CTV and CBC had for 13 and 21 years respectively for their news channels," said Kory Teneycke, vice-president of Sun News. "We think this is a reasonable request and that it is in the interests of all Canadians."
Please be sure sign the petition at the Canadian TV First link, but more importantly we really want people to send hand written letters as well. In the age of the internet, the online petitions get heavily discounted by the CRTC as being astro-turf. Hand written letters mean you actually really, really care about the issue.
Here's the instructions on what needs to be included in a letter to the CRTC for it to count. If you don't follow their format, then you risk having your comments thrown out.
Teneycke said Sun News is only available in four out of 10 households right now, with some cable companies not carrying the channel at all.
"This is not right," he said. "Especially when these same cable providers are offering American cable news channels as a part of their basic package."
Sun News produces 96 hours per week of pure Canadian content. If the CRTC grants Sun News the "mandatory distribution" it seeks, it would mean a financial boon for the channel. Sun News wants the CRTC to set the fee for its signal at 18 cents per English subscriber, considerably less than the 63 cents per subscriber cable companies shell out for the CBC News Network.
There are 15 channels, including Sun News, asking the CRTC for mandatory distribution, along with six others seeking to have that status renewed. Commissioners have set Feb. 20 as the deadline for public submissions on the applications, with a public hearing scheduled for April 23 in Gatineau, Que. Sun News is jointly owned by TVA Group Inc. and Sun Media Corp.
Ian Thomson Legal Decision, Jan 3, 2013.
The full text of the legal decision in Ian Thomson's acquittal for "improper storage" of firearms when he used his gun to defend his life.
"The zeal of Crown attorneys in Thomson’s case goes way beyond prosecution. It is persecution, pure and simple." Lorne Gunter
Ian Thomson's acquittal is nothing more than common sense Lorne Gunter, QMI, 2013-01-12
All Canadians should be relieved that Ian Thomson of Port Colborne, Ont. was acquitted last week on trumped-up charges that he failed to store his firearms safely.
Thomson’s was as clear a case of self-defence as there could be. So Ontario prosecutors determination to put him behind bars can only be judged as an ideologically driven attempt to extinguish ordinary citizens’ right to protect themselves, their homes and loved ones from attack.
The zeal of Crown attorneys in Thomson’s case goes way beyond prosecution. It is persecution, pure and simple.
Knee-jerk gun ban won’t solve problem, says Canadian Shooting Sports Association Globe and Mail, 2012-12-20
Tony Bernardo, spokesman for the CSSA, believes the current furor over the Newtown shooting is largely misdirected, that there is grave risk of knee-jerk reactions that won’t solve the problem.
There are some things that the Americans can learn from Canada; most importantly, that feel-good measures don’t work. Such measures are unbelievably expensive but they don’t actually fix the problem. The lesson that can be learned from Canada is that mental-health care and social cohesion have more to do with the lower rates of gun deaths than gun control.
Active shooters in schools: The enemy is denial.
Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief, 2010-05-05
“How many kids have been killed by school fire in all of North America in the past 50 years? Kids killed... school fire... North America... 50 years... How many? Zero. That’s right. Not one single kid has been killed by school fire anywhere in North America in the past half a century. Now, how many kids have been killed by school violence?”
So began an extraordinary daylong seminar presented by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, a Pulitzer Prize nominated author, West Point psychology professor, and without a doubt the world’s foremost expert on human aggression and violence.
Gun registry proven worthless.
Lorne Gunter, The Sun, 2012-12-09
As soon as I saw the news releases this week from Statistics Canada announcing the annual publication of national murder figures, I readied my arguments about why the increase had nothing to do with the Harper government’s dismantling of the gun registry.
I needn’t have worried, though. StatsCan did my work for me. The national number-crunchers came (indirectly) to the defence of this country’s beleaguered sport shooters, hunters and gun collectors by stating very clearly that nearly all of the increase between 2010 and 2011 was due to criminals using knives. Guns weren’t to blame for the increased number of murders, nor were changes to federal gun laws. Indeed, StatsCan’s annual report was full of numbers that prove the uselessness of gun control.
How does that prove registries are useless as crime-prevention tools? Handguns have been subject to registration since 1934. They still must be registered and are much harder to acquire than long guns.
If a registry were useful at lowering crime, we’d have seen proof decades ago through our handgun laws.
Trudeau throws evidence-based policies into the wind.
Tasha Kheiriddin, National Post, 2012-12-06
The [gun registry] policy failed, [Trudeau] seems to be arguing, because Canadians could not unite behind it — not because it didn’t achieve its objective of reducing gun crime.
Mr. Trudeau’s definition mirrors the Liberal leadership race itself. It’s not the substance that matters, but popularity with Canadians. ... He simply doesn’t seem to understand why so many Canadians were happy when the Conservatives axed the program.
...public policies, such as the Canadian long-gun registry, are failures from the start, often because they represent a knee-jerk response to a demand for action, evidence be damned.
Brian Lilley: CBC Exposed
Brian Lilley's explosive new book CBC Exposed strips away the carefully constructed image of respectability and reveals a group of pampered bureaucrats obsessed with protecting their taxpayer funded perks who are more interested in their biases than reporting facts... the more outrageous, the better...
This book takes on the holy grail of the Canadian media landscape and lays bare the truth about CBC. Reckless reporting at the state broadcaster has ruined lives and cost taxpayers millions upon millions in settlement costs yet no one has ever been held to account. This book does what the consensus media cowards are afraid to do, tell the truth about CBC.
Sport Shop owner Bob Ferguson is crediting the demise of the gun registry for his recent boom in business. New Glasgow News, 2012-10-25
As owner of Ferguson’s Sport Shop in Westville, he said many people are returning to the sport of hunting now that they can take out their guns from storage without having to have them registered.
“Since the gun law changed, people are going out hunting again,” he said one day before the general deer-hunting season opened. “They are getting their guns back out.”
The federal long-gun registry was created in 1995 by the Liberal government. The system was plagued with billions in cost overruns and it was largely loathed in rural and Western Canada. The Conservative government got rid of it this past April.
Ferguson said he noticed a decrease in sales when the registry was put in place, but business has picked up again now that it has been lifted.
COMMENTARY: Hamilton Shooting Sports Retailer Does The Right Thing G. Booth, 2012-10-10
It takes courage and entrepreneurial thinking that is outside of the box to put guns on the street -- especially when there is a neighbourhood party going on! But that's exactly what one significant member of the Canadian shooting sports community did recently, in Hamilton, Ontario. Al Simmons Gun Shop, on trendy Locke Street in the Steel City, was facing yet another annual street party, hosted by the local Business Improvement Area.
Al Simmons, which has been a cornerstone of the area shooting sports for many years, jumped through all of the regulatory loops and set up a marquee tent affair in front of their business, and appropriately displayed both handguns and long guns -- literally on the street. Their tent was staffed by knowledgeable and responsible individuals. This is not the kind of thing people in Hamilton are used to seeing. But the folks at Al Simmons pulled it off because they did it the right way: by introducing the locks, stocks and barrels of a still-popular, traditional sport to thousands of passersby -- of all ages -- in a positive, informative and friendly way.
...more in the E-News....
Tony Bernardo, Gun Rights Champion: Canadians Are Terrified As They Watch U.S. Events. The Independent Sentinel, 2012-10-01
Mr. Bernardo was speaking to second amendment supporters at this conference so his speech was directed at gun rights. ... In April, the long-gun registry was ended for all but Quebec residents who sought and won an injunction to keep the registry intact. However, there is no criminal penalty attached to not registering long guns...
That prompted gun owners to have a little fun with it. They began the Great Canadian Gun Registry Shuffle. In an attempt to make the gun registry unusable, Canadians began shuffling guns. They’d sell guns to each other and then back again. In one month, they shuffled 420,000 guns. ...
More remarkable was their stand on the Arms Trade Treaty. When the U.N. made their failed attempt to pass the Arms Trade Treaty, it was Canada that said no to the treaty.
Comments on the Great Canadian Gun Registry Shuffle. CSSA-CILA, 2012-09-17
Read comments from Canadian gun-owners on the rapidly-growing "Gun Registry Shuffle" movement...
TEAM CSSA NEWS RELEASE: CSSA-CILA, 2012-09-11
Quebec trying to protect gun registry data that doesn't reflect reality.
CSSA says injunction is just another political ploy and will double gun shuffle.
Gun registry data no gift Tony Bernardo, Ottawa Citizen 2012-09-08
Columnist Susan Riley's advice for Prime Minster Stephen Harper to give the gun registry data to Quebec premier-designate Pauline Marois as a "gift" is a travesty on many levels. Most Canadians know by now that there is no longer a gun registry to preserve for Quebec. The data have always been grossly inaccurate, and the recent Great Canadian Gun Registry Shuffle illustrates that point. ... The RCMP admit that criminals have hacked into the registry data more than 300 times. Law-abiding gun owners don't want the bad guys to know where they live.
CSSA SPECIAL REPORT: CSSA-CILA, 2012-09-04
Shaw Media proves anti-gun bias by taking hunting shows off the air
EDITORIAL: Pulling the pin on the Great Canadian Gun Registry Shuffle CSSA-CILA, 2012-08-30
The CSSA distributed a national media release today (see below) to let Canadians know that our members are prepared to take the law into our own hands. Literally.
We need to do our very best to make sure that the new firearms laws enacted by Bill C-19 on April 5 are respected. So, we created Great Canadian Gun Registry Shuffle.
We are asking firearms owners to buy, sell and swap guns to make the registry data even less accurate -- if that's possible! We all know the data is wonky, outdated and useless, but anti-gun advocates continue to protect the data for future use. They are intentionally snubbing the law. It's time to fix that by making the data so transparently unusable that it isn’t worth protecting.
That's where you come in. You can show your support and intentions to "shuffle" through blogs, letters to the editor, radio call-in shows, and all social media to confirm that you support this initiative.
For immediate release: Great Canadian Gun Registry Shuffle proves firearms data is useless CSSA-CILA, 2012-08-30
Firearms owners exchange guns in national protest and vow never to register again
The members of the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) are mad as hell and they're not going to take this any more. The CSSA is advocating that all owners of registered non-restricted firearms take part in the Great Canadian Gun Registry Shuffle. The CSSA says anti-gun advocates are spitting in the face of Canada's legal system by deliberately ignoring the will of Parliament in an attempt to preserve registry data for future use. In order to support federal Bill C-19 that specifies the data must be deleted, responsible gun owners are swapping their firearms to illustrate that the data was -- and will always be -- useless. The Great Canadian Gun Registry Shuffle removes any wrong-headed notion that the data could help build subsequent registries.
Gunter: Citizens should be allowed force Lorne Gunter, Edmonton Sun, 2012-08-25
Maybe, just maybe, police and Crown prosecutors are beginning to accept once again that ordinary citizens have a right to use force to defend themselves, their loved ones and property. ... On Thursday, Calgary city police and Alberta Crown attorneys decided not to charge anyone in the January killing of Joseph Lesley Talbot, 35. He was killed when he forcibly entered a Calgary home brandishing a knife and confronted the owner in a bedroom. ... [In the David Chen case in Toronto] Crown prosecutors had proven that they were friendlier to criminals than to armed citizens. In an attempt to convict Chen, they made a plea bargain with the thief, Anthony Bennett, in return for his testimony against the small businessman.
Tony Bernardo on The Charles Adler Show 2012-07-24
Tony and Charles discuss the recent Toronto City Hall debacle over champion teenage sport shooters.
Sport shooters lumped in with lawbreakers London Free Press 2012-07-23
POLITICAL CORRECTNESS: Toronto officials reverse their position banning two London-area teens after a public backlash.
TORONTO - City of Toronto staff banned two teenage ambassadors for sport shooting from an Ontario Summer Games-related event because of recent gun violence in Toronto. The move met with immediate outrage from supporters of the sport and the city quickly backtracked on its position. ... Tony Bernardo, executive director of the Canadian Institute for Legislative Action/Canadian Shooting Sports Association, said two teenagers who have excelled at a legitimate sport should not be lumped in with criminals involved in other shootings.
Athlete of the Week: Chris Baldwin (Summer Games teen athlete discriminated against by Toronto City Hall) 2012-07-24
View the A News London interview.
Toronto disinvites elite youth target shooters from city sports event Matt Gurney, National Post 2012-07-23
(UPDATE: City backs down, athletes back in) Read the whole article here.
Next month, Toronto will be host to the 2012 Ontario Summer Games. The Summer Games tout themselves as Ontario’s largest amateur sport competition, dating back to 1970, that draws thousands of athletes from across Ontario to compete in various team and individual sporting events. ... But apparently not all amateur sports. An email sent out by a city official last night has revoked the invitation of two of the athletes, teenagers both, to participate in public events promoting the Games. The two athletes, who had been selected as ambassadors for the event, have been told they are no longer welcome on stage with the other ambassadors. The reason given: They are competitive rifle shooters, and given the recent spate of gun violence in Toronto, “We can no longer have the Sporting Rifle Athlete Ambassadors present on stage.” The official who sent the email apologizes for the decision, noting that he does not agree with it. But, he says, the directive has come down, and he must follow it.
Ontario Provincial Pistol Championship
October 19-21, 2012
Burlington Rifle and Revolver Club
This match is registered with the Shooting Federation of Canada and Sanctioned by the Canadian Shooting Sports Association.
US Attorney General Eric Holder held in contempt of Congress Politico, 2012-06-28
The [US House of Representative] has voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over his failure to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal, the first time Congress has taken such a dramatic move against a sitting Cabinet official.
The vote was 255-67, with 17 Democrats voting in support of a criminal contempt resolution, which authorizes Republicans leaders to seek criminal charges against Holder. This Democratic support came despite a round of behind-the-scenes lobbying by senior White House and Justice officials - as well as pressure from party leaders - to support Holder.
CSSA to boycott Chief Firearms Officer's meeting Ottawa, 2012-05-03
"Public officials are spitting in the face of Parliament"
The association is protesting the Ontario CFO's intent to ignore Bill C-19 by demanding that firearms retailers must record all sales at the point of purchase. The CFO's decree is in direct conflict with the wording of Bill C-19 and shows contempt for the parliamentary process.
"Accordingly, the CSSA is expressing our outrage toward the Chief Firearms Office by refusing to lend credibility to their event," says CSSA and Canadian Institute for Legislative Action executive director Tony Bernardo. "The CFOs are taking the law into their own hands and spitting in the collective face of Parliament. These public servants are way in over their heads legally and we refuse to be a part of any forum they are hosting.
Registry’s death called boost for club Dan Brown, London Free Press, 2012-04-17
FIREARMS: Dan Brown's column on leaving a childhood gun game behind leads to an invitation to a firing range
Interest in an area gun club is booming, with the federal long-gun registry now in its death throes. ... John Evers, president of the East Elgin Sportsmen’s Association, a shooting range near Aylmer, said his organization is averaging 12 new members a month. “Membership’s growing dramatically,” he said, adding interest in firearms has exploded. ... Among those dozen new members, about three every month are women, a noticeable break with the past. “I see a lot of women who come to it with some apprehension. And then that’s gone, as soon as they take their first shot,” said Jennifer Eichenberg, the club’s membership chairperson. ...more....
Guns, guns, guns and more guns Dan Brown, London Free Press, 2012-04-12
...One of the gun enthusiasts whose attention I caught was John Evers, head of the East Elgin Sportsmen’s Association, a shooting range near Aylmer. Evers has adopted an “each one, teach one” approach to gun education and safety, so he and his buddies decided I could use a lesson in responsible handgun and rifle use. They chipped in to buy me some ammunition, then invited me out to the range to put some holes in paper targets. ...more....
Editorial: On guns and ammo Calgary Herald, 2012-04-10
Gun owners must prove themselves knowledgeable on storage and handling before they ever get a license. Overwhelmingly, they are safe and prudent custodians of their equipment. On both the registry and the proposed ammunition regulation, common sense prevailed. Except in Quebec. ...more....
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Long-gun registry finally destined for scrap heap of history Ottawa, 2012-04-05
"It's been a long, rough road, but we knew we could prevail if we just kept telling the truth," says Bernardo. "The anti-gun faction had to torque statistics and align themselves with the unions and politically motivated left-wing advocates. Freedom from draconian laws should never be about the left vs. the right, or rural vs. urban interests. Freedom is always about telling the truth. We thank the Harper government and those who have worked tirelessly to put this legislative mess out to pasture." ...more....
Senate votes to kill long-gun registry Leader-Post, 2012-04-04
OTTAWA — The Conservative government vowed during the 2011 election to eliminate the long-gun registry. On Wednesday night, the bill to officially end the registry had its final vote in the Senate — leaving only a signature from the Governor General needed to officially kill the registry. That signature signing Bill C-19 into law should come Thursday morning. By a vote of 50-27, senators approved the bill, marking the last political hurdle needed to kill the registry. ...more....
Tony Bernardo - Senate of Canada address 2012-03-29
Good morning and thank you for your kind invitation to speak on behalf of our association members who enjoy responsible sport shooting, hunting, firearms collecting and related heritage pursuits. This is the ninth time I have appeared before a Canadian parliamentary committee in an effort to explain why many elements of the Firearms Act are fictional attributes to public safety. ...more....
Meet the Man Responsible for the Death of Canada's Gun Registry Frank Miniter, Forbes, 2012-02-29
Looking north across the border, American gun owners may well see the fall of Canada's long-gun registry with relief. This, after all, lessens the odds that the anti-gun movement will be successful in its attempt to install a gun-owners database in the U.S. However, before American gun owners forget about Canada all over again, there's an incredible story here not being told outside Ottawa political circles that needs to be heard by every American who cherishes their freedom. ...more....
Police arrest and stripsearch innocent man after child doodles a gun Matt Gurney, National Post, 2012-02-24
Even in a country with gun laws as warped as Canada’s, the story of Jessie Sansone is still mindboggling. Sansone, 26, is a father of three and Kitchener, Ont., resident. As a younger man, he admits getting into trouble with the law, but claims to have lived clean for years. He’s now a certified personal support worker, husband and father of three. He was even reportedly offered a job at the very same school where this bizarre story begins. On Wednesday, Sansone arrived at his children’s’ school to pick them up. He was asked to step inside and meet with the principal. In the principal’s office, Sansone was met by three Waterloo Regional Police officers and immediately arrested. He was taken to a nearby station, strip searched and locked in a cell. His wife was also summoned to the station, and their children taken by Family and Children’s Services. At no point were they told why this was happening. ...more....
Man shocked by arrest after daughter draws picture of gun at school The Record, 2012-02-24
A Kitchener father is upset that police arrested him at his children’s’ school Wednesday, hauled him down to the station and strip-searched him, all because his four-year-old daughter drew a picture of a gun at school.“ I’m picking up my kids and then, next thing you know, I’m locked up,” Jessie Sansone, 26, said Thursday. “I was in shock. This is completely insane. My daughter drew a gun on a piece of paper at school.” ...more....
Bill C-19 Passes Third Reading Tony Bernardo, CILA, 2012-02-15
Bill C-19, the bill to end the Long Gun Registry has taken a giant leap forward. Today, C-19 passed Third Reading and has now successfully cleared the House of Commons, moving it a step closer towards becoming the law of the land. C-19 now goes to the Senate of Canada for ratification. It is expected C-19, bolstered by a Conservative majority in the Senate, will pass the Senate quickly. It is also expected the Senate will make no amendments to the bill.
After C-19 passes through the Senate it is sent to the Governor General of Canada for Royal Assent. When it receives Royal Assent it becomes law and the Long Gun Registry is dead.
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Daily Split announces show donated almost entirely to the CSSA. ...See video on Youtube....
Rex Murphy: The Thomas de Quincey school of Canadian gun control National Post, 2012-02-04
I am perplexed beyond puzzlement why the Crown is prosecuting [Ian Thomson]. For the benefit of those who have escaped the news of this bizarre and sad tale, Mr. Thomson is being tried for picayune charges relating to the handling and storage of firearms in regard to an incident in which — let me use Mr. Gunter’s words — “masked thugs began lobbing Molotov cocktails at his secluded rural home, while also shouting death threats in a pre-dawn assault.” ...more....
Bring back the right to self-defence National Post, 2012-02-01
On Monday, Ian Thomson of Port Colborne, Ont., went on trial on two charges of unsafe storage of a firearm, relating to a well-publicized self-defence incident. In the early-morning hours of Aug. 22, 2010, Mr. Thomson was at home when three masked men, shouting death threats, attacked his house with firebombs, hurling them at the house and through his windows, injuring one of Mr. Thomson's pet dogs, and igniting a fire on his property. Mr. Thomson, a trained firearms instructor, armed himself with a properly registered .38-calibre firearm and fired three warning shots, driving off the attackers without causing injury or risk to anyone.
A reformed criminal code must include robust protection for law-abiding citizens forced, by circumstances, to use a legally owned firearm in self-defence against intruders or would-be intruders.
Mr. Thomson has already been a victim of one attack. The government has no business now subjecting him to an assault upon his liberty.
Toronto Star declares state of emergency after finding guns in the GTA. Matt Gurney, National Post, 2012-01-31
In an "exclusive" piece that ran on the weekend, the Toronto Star reports that, according to information available through the federal gun registries, people in the Greater Toronto Area own guns. Lots of guns. Everyone, please — remain calm. ...more....
Firebombs left ‘no choice,’ homeowner tells gun trial. National Post, 2012-01-31
Man faces jail after protecting home from masked attackers
Ian Thomson was jolted awake at 6:37 a.m. by the sound of explosions; outside his secluded farmhouse, three masked men were hurling fire bombs at his house while one bellowed: “Are you ready to die?”
Mr. Thomson was not.
A former firearms instructor, he instead called out a warning, took one of his several pistols, marched outside in his underwear and fired one shot into the ground and two into the trees in the direction of the men, who scurried away.
He then called 911 and waited more than 10 minutes for police while using a garden hose to douse flames lapping up his front veranda, his .38-calibre snub-nose stuffed into his sagging underwear.
The officers did not bring him salvation, however. Mr. Thomson was soon arrested and charged with four gun offenses.
CSSA's Tony Bernardo on Cam and Company regarding RCMP's inexcusable attempted gun confiscations. Video, 2012-01-11
Cam Edwards talks to Tony Bernardo.
Bureaucrats gunning for rifle owners Brian Lilley, Toronto Sun, Thursday 2012-01-12
When Bill C-68, the gun registry bill, was being debated, opponents said registration of firearms would lead to their eventual confiscation.
Now that is happening.
Just before Christmas, owners of certain firearms were informed by letter that their rifles had been reclassified as prohibited firearms in Canada and they must be turned over to police officials. Failure to comply would mean the firearms would be taken by force and the owners thrown in jail. The reason for the change: The rifle looks scary.
Here is Brian Lilley with coverage of a bureaucracy out of control. (See links on page.) All Canadians need to be concerned. WARNING Graphic pictures of a scary rifle....more....
CSSA addresses Parliamentary Committee in support of Bill C-19. Video, Thursday 2011-11-17
Statements by Tony Bernardo (CSSA/CILA), Diana Cabrera (CSSA), Cst. Randy Kuntz (EPS), MP Garry Breitkreuz, and MP Candice Hoeppner
Garry Breitkreuz on Bill C-19, the Ending the Long-gun Registry Act Statement to the House of Commons, October 27, 2011
In January 1994, before the Liberals had even put the long gun registry in place, I was invited to a meeting by a number of concerned gun owners in my constituency ... Since that time I have worked for years to see the wasteful and ineffective long gun registry scrapped once and for all. It has taken a long, long time. I have talked to thousands of people and have attended meetings on this issue from Vancouver Island to St. John's, Newfoundland. I have lost track of how many meetings I have attended.
Privacy Commissioner of Canada 2000-02-09
"At the heart of any conception of privacy, and any code of privacy protection, lies the notion that people have a basic right to control their personal information. What this means, in concrete terms, is that when the government comes to collect information from people, they have the right to know why the information is being collected, how it will be used, how long it will be kept, and who will have access to it. The government has an obligation to tell them, and then proceed accordingly. This means that the government may use the information only for the purposes for which it was collected. And if personal information is going to be given to third parties, people need to be told that at the time it is collected. If they were not told that, release of the information to third parties should be subject to their consent. ... Although I recognize the potential value of this information, I also recognize that the use of this knowledge may lead to serious breaches of privacy. ... The information was collected for a specific purpose. That purpose has been fulfilled. In accordance with the principles of fair information practices, the information should not be retained. To retain it beyond its stated use is to invite pressure for other uses. No consent was given to other uses of the information."
Gun registry is not gun control Tony Bernardo, Ottawa Citizen, 2011-10-29
We agree with the Citizen's editorial that laments the rhetoric in the gun registry debate, and we suggest journalists across the country take a look in the mirror. Responsible firearms owners in Canada have been patiently explaining for years why the registry was never designed as a public safety measure.
Q&A: Scrapping the gun registry Global News, 2011-10-27
Why should Canadians be concerned with the registry, and what happens now? Global News talks with gun policy expert Gary Mauser ... ATI requests show that the registry has been accessed inappropriately over 400 times by police employees, occasionally for criminal purposes.
Press Release: New government bill to scrap registry moving in right direction CSSA, 2011-10-25
Canadian Shooting Sports Association commends proposed legislation
The Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) has been working with the Conservative party for several years to scrap the ineffective and over-priced registry. Tony Bernardo, CSSA spokesman and executive director of the Canadian Institute for Legislative Action, says the new legislation has been a long time coming.
Right to self-defence under assault (National Post, 2011-09-18)
Citizens treated like felons for taking up weapons against criminals Over the past half century, the right of citizens in Western countries to defend themselves has eroded.
Last August, Ian Thomson of Port Colborne, Ont., awoke early one morning to find three men lobbing firebombs at his rural home while also shouting death threats at him. A trained firearms instructor, Thomson took a handgun he legally owned from the storage safe where he kept it in his home and fired warning shots over the attackers' heads. When he reported the incident to police, they charged him with careless storage of a firearm and dangerous use.
Homeowners not required to flee intruders: court National Post, 2011-09-16
When someone is under attack in their own home, fleeing the premises is never a requirement, the Ontario Court of Appeal has affirmed. “If someone breaks into your home, it seems to me that he does so at his own risk.”
CSSA Group Health Insurance -- New Benefits For CSSA Members 2011-09-10
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Ray Laycock 2011-08-19
With sadness, CSSA mourns the passing of Raymond Alexander Laycock of Strathmore, Alberta on August 19th, 2011 at the age of 82 years at the Agape Hospice.
For much of his life, Ray was an active member of the Firearms Community. He was a founding member of the National Fireams Association, Okotoks Rifle & Pistol Club, and Guns of the Golden West. He was a dedicated participant in various gun shows, black powder shoots, fast draw demonstrations and competitions. In particular, Raymond was very proud to participate as a member of the Canadian Team in the World Practical Shooting Competition in 1979 in South Africa. He was well-known to the firearms community through his newspaper column – The Major’s Mortar – that ran for several decades in the Gun Runner.
Ray's contribution to the Canadian firearms community will be missed
Getting gun safety completely backwards Homeowners not required to flee intruders: court
This is ridiculous, but oh so typical of gun banners — indeed of those who would ban most pleasures or recreations in the name of public safety or the “public good,” whatever that is. In the name of bettering us despite ourselves, they take leave of common sense and typically end up making the situation worse.
In memory of Jack Layton. 2011-08-22
On behalf of the Canadian Shooting Sports Association, we would like to express our sympathy to the family of Jack Layton at this most difficult time. Both his friends and foes recognized and respected Mr. Layton as a caring, passionate Canadian dedicated, in his own fashion, to improving the country he loved. We sincerely hope Mr. Layton's family will find some comfort and solace in his legacy.
On the Right to self-defence 2011-07-27
A fellow firearms owner recently said that, in Canada, we don't have an actual Right to defend ourselves. He is wrong, of course. Tragically, this erroneous assumption has become all too common among Canadians.
Women need guns Jennifer Dadson, The Province, 2011-08-03
Gun-control advocates have been saying for years that guns are a women's issue. They're absolutely right. By denying us the legal authority to carry the necessary tools to defend ourselves, be it a pocket knife or pepper spray or a handgun, the authorities have ensured that women will remain victims of violent crime for many years to come. Being unarmed doesn't make us safer. It just makes us defenceless.
Statement by the United Nations Delegation of Canada to Arms Trade Treaty Preperatory Committee
Canada would like to see language in the “Principles” section that explicitly recognizes that there is a legal trade in small arms for legitimate civilian uses, including for sporting, hunting and collecting purposes. To that end, therefore, Canada would propose the addition of a 20th clause to the “Principles” section that would read as follows:
“Reaffirming that small arms have certain legitimate civilian uses, including sporting, hunting and collecting purposes.”
Gun control groups slam Canada's stance at UN arms talks
Vancouver Sun, 2011-07-14
Canada proposed the following clause be added into the draft accord: "Reaffirming that small arms have certain legitimate civilian uses, including sporting, hunting and collecting purposes."
Kenneth Epps, of Canadian arms control NGO Project Ploughshares, said Canada's move is hampering efforts to forge a comprehensive global arms control regime.
Epps said a representative of the Canadian Sports Shooting Association — a major gun owners' group — attended the meeting alongside Canadian officials Thursday. ...more....
The CSSA is growing and the office has moved to new, better digs. We are now located at 116 Galaxy Blvd in Etobicoke (Dixon and Carlingview area). The new phone number is 416-679-9959, fax: 416-679-9910. The toll free number (1-888-873-4339) will remain the same.
We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced during that time. Thanks to our wonderful members for your help and patience while we grow -- we couldn't do it without you!
Do gun bans make us safer? Ezra Levant, Sun News Network, 2011-07-08
Professor John Lott discusses why banning guns does not make streets safer.
Bear scare ended with one bullet Calgary Sun, 2011-05-17
A lifetime of steak dinners in exchange for not having his own life end as a grizzly bear's supper. For 19-year-old Nick LaGarde, the deal couldn't be more fair - and if not for the steel nerve and still hand of his friend Scott Proudfoot, he'd almost certainly be dead. "I'm buying Scott a steak every week for the rest of his life," said LaGarde. ...more....
MAJORITY: A great day for Canada's firearm owners!
Congratulations to the members of Canadian Shooting Sports Association for pulling together during the federal election campaign. You can share in the credit for the positive outcome. ... There is little doubt that gun owners had considerable influence in removing several pro-registry MPs, including Mark Holland, Larry Bagnell, Todd Russell and Anthony Rota, and there is little doubt that we played a substantial role in the election of many MPs. ...more....
Canada’s sport shooters have zero tolerance for gun crime (Tony Bernardo, Barriere Star Journal, 2011-05-02)
The shooting sports have been a casualty of political deception for many years, and this black mark on freedom of choice affects all Canadians whether you own guns or not. ... Firearms have secured our freedom from oppression and they have brought home Olympic medals. Yet somehow, our heritage activities have been tarred with the same brush as criminals who use guns to monstrous effect. As a result, governments and police have created regulations that affect the law abiding, but sadly, do not affect criminals. ...more....
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Athlete of the Week: Olympic Shooting hopeful Chris Baldwin (A News London, 2011-04-20)
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Who Wants a Long Gun Registry? (CFRA, Madely in the Morning, 2011-04-05)
Steve Madely is joined by Cst. Randy Kuntz, of the Edmonton Police Service, to discuss the mixed message about who in fact wants to keep the long gun registry. ...Listen....
South Carolina may loosen gun rules (The Toronto Sun, 2011-04-02)
OTTAWA - Gun control in Canada usually means restricting firearms and imposing regulations on their owners. In South Carolina, lawmakers are loosening the rules. “It puts criminals on the defence,” Representative Thad Viers, a Republican, tells The State newspaper. “Criminals don’t know if you’re carrying or not.” South Carolina Democrats agree. ...more....
Increasing Compliance among Firearms Owners
Extending the Amnesty
Applying for POL Renewal ...more....
Self-defence: The good guys finally get a break (The Abbotsford Times, 2011-03-22)
The firearm registry itself was little more than a mischievous strategy to criminalize homeowners before the fact who might attempt to protect their family. Despite provisions in the Common Law regarding self protection and a legislated right to self defence, lawmakers and criminal justice practitioners have long made it their mission to ensure citizens and property owners are virtually helpless when under threat or attack.
The right to self-defence (The National Post, 2011-03-07)
Crown attorneys in every province should be reminded that armed self-defence is a right enjoyed by all Canadians - and that a firearm used to defend one's life or home is by definition in use, not in storage, and is governed by different norms.
Law-abiding 'criminals': It's ludicrous that people justly defending themselves face charges (Ottawa Sun, 2011-03-04)
There once was a time when the idea that man being attacked at night inside his own home could be charged for shooting warning shots would have been considered absurd. It should still be considered absurd. We have the right to self defence in this country, it is an ancient right that has not faded away with time nor the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Opposing self-defence means opposing democracy itself (Lorne Gunter, The National Post, 2011-03-02)
If those in charge of public safety cannot see the inherent difference between citizens and criminals, our whole notion that the people are in charge of our democracy has been turned upside down..
CSSA applauds the introduction of Bill C-60 (2011-02-17)
The Canadian Shooting Sports Association applauds the Conservative government of Steven Harper for the introduction of Bill C-60
Canadians have a right to defend themselves (Karen Selick, The Calgary Herald, 2011-02-12)
Canada’s Constitution guarantees citizens the right to security of the person. Crown attorneys need to recognize that historically and empirically, security sometimes necessitates the right to armed self-defence. Dropping the outrageous charges against Ian Thomson would be a good place to start.
CSSA/CILA endorses defending those who defend themselves (2011-02-01)
The Canadian Shooting Sports Association/Canadian Institute for Legislative Action (CSSA/CILA) support the historic, fundamental right of an individual to defend themselves when under attack. ...more....
Threatened citizens deserve the benefit of the doubt (Lorne Gunter, The National Post, 2011-01-26)
This seems to be yet another example of the Crown siding with a criminal against a victim who decided to fight back. ... The point is, in a self-defence case, the tie has to go to the victim, not the victimizer. ...more....
With Gun Control, Canadian Criminals Are Making A Killing (John Myers, 2011-01-26)
My girlfriend Angela later became my wife. To this day we don’t know if those men were the Calgary serial killers. All these years later we remain certain of two things: These men had evil intentions and we were damned lucky to have that shotgun. ...more....
Changing the criminal citizen's arrest law (The London Free Press, 2011-01-25)
The day had best be soon when Canadians no longer have to fear certain arrest and possible jail for defending their property, their family, or even their lives from criminals. The time of being a good little victim is over. ...more....
Protecting the lawful citizen (Matt Gurney, The National Post, 2011-01-25)
Shoplifters. Burglars. Home invaders. ... The cases of Thomson and Morrow illustrate the nature of such confrontations. Faced with an imminent and grave threat to their lives, with nary a cop in sight, what other options did these men have? Had they not acted in self-defence, both might well be dead. ...more....
Canadians have a right to self-defence, even if our officials deny it (Lorne Gunter, The National Post, 2011-01-24)
These rights have not been extinguished just because Canada has become modernized and urbanized, or because our officials would rather pretend they don’t exist and never have. ...more....
Right to self-defence never abolished (The Edmonton Journal, 2011-01-23)
In truth, it is an individual right that existed before government and, so, cannot be extinguished by government. ...more....
CBC As It Happens, Guest Alan Korwin. (2011-01-10)
In the wake of the tragic shooting in Arizona that killed six people and wounded 14 on January 9, 2011, CBC Radio interviewed author Alan Korwin about the availability of guns in U.S. society. Korwin told his interviewers that it's time to stop confusing sport shooters with criminals.
Here is a transcript of that CBC interview..
The CSSA mourns the loss of John Holdstock (2010-12-30)
To learn of John's life, please read this wonderful article by Judie Steeves of the Kelowna Capital News.
Top political game-changer: MP Candice Hoeppner (CBC, 2010-12-31)
Power & Politics host Evan Solomon talks to Conservative MP Candice Hoeppner, the people's choice as 2010's top political game-changer. Part 1. Part 2.
The Timmins Times -- Letter to the editor (2010-12-28)
Any suggestion that a gun collection is a "distressing arsenal" evokes the stench of "yellow journalism." And, quoting the reporter in the third person asking if a gun and martial arts collection is connected to organized crime is beyond the pale.
Martial Law and The Gun Registry. The Common Denominator (News Talk 980, 2010-12-08)
"The most massive compromise of civil liberties in Canadian history.” -- Ontario Ombudsman ...more....
The best memorial is "strict, relentless gun control." Michael Ignatieff, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, The Record, Dec 6, 2010
'I did everything by the book to protect myself' (Telegraph-Journal, 2010-11-23)
Burton man says he was protecting his family, property when he took an unloaded gun out into his yard
Public shows support for Burton man facing weapons charges (Telegraph-Journal, 2010-11-24) ...more...
N.B. man charged for pointing unloaded gun at trespassers (National Post, 2010-11-24)
“A lot of people at work and around the area think it’s outrageous that I’m being charged”...more...
The law must help victims (Daily Gleaner, 2010-11-27)
...victims of crime ought not to end up being treated as the criminals and receive harsher punishment than the real offenders merely for defending their property.
NDP Long-gun registry bill betrays hunters (George Fritz Garson, Sudbury Star, 2010-10-26)
... [If] the NDP were going to "fix" the long gun registry and make it palatable to hunters, target shooters and collectors ... the framers of this bill, and all those who support it have failed spectacularly.
NDP Bill C-580: CSSA Press Release and Analysis of the Bill. (2010-09-22)
NDP's Bill C-580 gives gun owners renewed energy for election fight. Sport shooters show disgust at feeble ploy to "fix" gun registry.
Private Members' Bill C-580 tabled by NDP MP Charlie Angus earlier this month is ill-conceived and leaves firearms owners to conclude it is nothing more than a confiscation tool.
View Press Release and Analysis of the Bill.
CSSA Alert -- C-391. (2010-09-22)
The vote is now in and the motion put forward by Liberal MP Mark Holland to kill Bill C-391 passed by 2 votes, 153 to 151. The Liberals were assisted in this affront to democracy by a number of rural NDP and Liberal MPs who turned their backs on their constituents. They will pay the price at the next election.
View Press Release.
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Registry vote leaves police image wounded (Lorne Gunter, National Post, 2010-09-23)
“Police chiefs and police officers have lost my respect, totally.” That’s what one reader told me immediately after the three opposition parties ganged up Wednesday to preserve the federal gun registry.
She was far from alone.
For weeks now I have been receiving scores of emails along the lines of the one above. People who before the registry would have been the most diehard supporters of the police, now see themselves as the victims of a smear campaign, especially by the chiefs. ...more...
Op-Ed and full-page ad: Police chiefs should be enforcing legislation, not creating it. (the Hill Times, 2010-09-20)
How long will Canadians tolerate the tail wagging the dog?
Radio Ads (2010-09-20)
The radio ads played on the following stations:
Welland Ont. CIXL 91.7 FM
Hearst CKHT 98.1 FM
Cochrane CHPB 98.1 FM
Espanola CJJN 99.3 FM
Timmins CHMY 93.1 FM
Elliot Lake CKNR 94.1 FM
Norther Manitoba CFAR 590 Arctic Radio
Listen to the ads in MP3 format:
Chief Firearms Officer of Prince Edward Island Wants Your Firearms ... "OR ELSE." (2010-09-02)
...not that there was ever any doubt about the agenda. ...more...
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What Police Have Said About The Gun Registry
Here's what others have to say about the CSSA.
"The disarming of citizens has been a tragic failure. Violent crime has increased everywhere it's been tried as it serves only to embolden the still-armed criminal."
Ten Myths Of The Long Gun Registry (English) (Français)
Myths Surrounding The Dawson Tragedy (English) (Français)
Police use of the gun registry exaggerated... ...more... Canadian Firearms Centre website: here.
First, they came for the guns? ...more...