For Immediate Release
February 17, 2011

CSSA applauds the introduction of Bill C-60

The Harper government introduces legislation to protect families from criminals

(Vaughan ON – February 17, 2011) The Canadian Shooting Sports Association applauds the Conservative government of Steven Harper for the introduction of Bill C-60, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (citizen’s arrest and the defences of property and persons).

"Our government is committed to putting real criminals behind bars," Prime Minister Steven Harper said Thursday in Toronto. "Canadians who have been the victim of a crime should not be re-victimized by the criminal justice system," Harper said. "That's why we have introduced changes to the Criminal Code, so Canadians know they have the law on their side and that our justice system targets criminals and not victims."

Bill C-60 amends the Criminal Code to enable a person who owns or has lawful possession of property, or persons authorized by them, to arrest within a reasonable time a person whom they find committing a criminal offence on or in relation to that property. It also amends the Criminal Code to simplify the provisions relating to the defences of property and persons.

Tony Bernardo, executive director for the Canadian Institute for Legislative Action said, "the freedom of individual Canadians has been enhanced today. In a significant step forward, a government has demonstrated its faith in the common sense of the people of Canada. Steven Harper has shown that our constitutional right of 'the security of the person' is not just words."

"Bill C-60 clarifies the right of individuals to defend the sanctity of their homes and families," stated Larry Whitmore, CSSA's executive director. "Bill C-60 clarifies the rights Canadians already possess. At a time when most governments try to muddy the waters with spin, the Harper government has responded with startling clarity."

"This legislation is what police need. It gives them more latitude to make a call" said Vaughan MP Julian Fantino, a former chief of police in Toronto, York Region and London, Ont. "This law will protect law-abiding citizens. I support an individual's right to make an arrest. Police can't always be in the right place at the right time."

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For further information, contact:

Tony Bernardo
Canadian Institute for Legislative Action
905-571-2150

Larry Whitmore
Canadian Shooting Sports Association
519-254-7744

The CSSA is the voice of the sport shooter and firearms enthusiast in Canada. Our national membership supports and promotes traditional target shooting competition, modern action shooting sports, hunting, and archery. We support and sponsor competitions and youth programs that promote these Canadian heritage activities