TEAM CSSA E-NEWS - August 30, 2012



EDITORIAL: Pulling the pin on the Great Canadian Gun Registry Shuffle


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 We all know the data is wonky, outdated and useless, but anti-gun advocates continue to protect the data for future use.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. It's just as important to let others know that you're shuffling your firearms as doing it. And of course, your claims cannot be substantiated because there is no registry to record the changes. We all win.


Many firearms owners are disappointed with both the courts allowing the injunctions to prevent the data deletion, as well as the federal government's lack of resolve to delete the data immediately as decreed by their own bill. Now we will show them all. Our shuffle is not civil disobedience – it is civil obedience. Gun owners are illustrating how useless the data is by making it even less relevant. In so doing, we are supporting the spirit and intent of Bill C-19, which is the will of the people.


Let's help each other – support the Great Canadian Gun Registry Shuffle. Ask others to do the same, and we can render the data moot all by ourselves. While the courts process silly injunctions to preserve the data, let's take care of this on our own. And make the message crystal clear – we will never acquiesce to another registry.


We invite you to the CSSA web site and listen to the new song (yes, it's a rock 'n' roll shuffle) written just for the occasion. Hear it at


The CSSA media release appears below. 




Great Canadian Gun Registry Shuffle proves firearms data is useless


Firearms owners exchange guns in national protest and vow never to register again


(TORONTO – August 30, 2012) 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. 


Bill C-19 received Royal Assent on April 5 and clearly dictates that the data must be destroyed. In contempt for the new law, the Government of Quebec, the City of Toronto, the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, and the Region of Waterloo have asked the courts to preserve the data and ignore Parliament. The CSSA is mobilizing trustworthy Canadian gun owners to immediately buy, sell, trade or lend previously registered firearms to protest the data preservation injunctions.


“The governments and advocacy groups have forced our hand by suggesting the registry data is somehow useful,” says Tony Bernardo, CSSA spokesman and executive director of the Canadian Institute for Legislative Action (CILA). “If they refuse to acknowledge the will of the people, we'll do it for them. Canada's previously registered firearms are now changing location, so the registry is even more useless, if that's possible. The registry was never a public safety tool, and we're removing once and for all the myth that the data was valuable. The Great Canadian Gun Registry Shuffle negates the silly straw man attempt to protect the data. Shuffling previously registered firearms is totally legal, responsible and appropriate.


“The Schlifer Clinic is funded by four Ontario government ministries, so it appears the provincial Liberals are hiding behind this anti-gun ploy,” he adds. “More than half of the firearms in Canada have never been registered and even anti-gun advocates admit that criminals won't register their guns. As long as these nuisance court injunctions keep the registry data intact, they are maintaining a shopping list for computer hacking criminals to locate our firearms. That places gun owners in danger, so we are compelled to demonstrate that the registry is inaccurate by making it even less accurate. Pro-registry advocates need to see that there's no useable data to protect. We are simply showing them the folly of their own political posturing. The registry is dead.”


CSSA/CILA has provided a great deal of statistical evidence over the years to prove that a gun registry does nothing to keep Canadians safe and does not curtail violence against women.


“Sticking a registry paper on a gun doesn't make it safe,” says Bernardo. “The registry was created as a political pacifier strictly to win votes and some politically motivated groups are still willing to play that game today. Sport shooters are fed up and we're putting an end to it. The law permits us to exchange our firearms with other qualified gun owners. By this time tomorrow, no one will know which owners have which firearms. And that's perfect, because it's nobody's business. 


“This shuffle forces the obstinate anti-gun crowd to admit that the registry is not worth fighting for,” he adds. “It truly never was. The data is corrupt and outdated, and it never saved a single life. It was never designed to make us safe. We have challenged anti-gun advocates to reveal how the registry can help anyone, and they have never delivered – not once. How could they? The registry doesn't do anything. The Great Canadian Gun Registry Shuffle makes the data transparently irrelevant. Perhaps now we can all get on with focusing on bona fide ways to increase public safety and protect Canadians against violence. We will do all we can to help.”


TO ALL LONG GUN OWNERS:  Please let us know how many long guns you have shuffled.  Do not tell us the type, location etc., just the number.  Every Thursday morning we will post the totals on the CSSA web site.  Enjoy the Shuffle.




For more information contact: Tony Bernardo at 905-571-2150 or email








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NASTY GUN STORE TOO CLOSE TO DAYCARE? PULL-EEEZE: Parents of children who attend a daycare east of Ottawa are up in arms as a hunting store that features guns is set to move in two doors down. Pro Nature is in the midst of opening in a Clarence-Rockland mall that also includes the Tiny Hoppers daycare. The mall is about 35 kilometres east of Ottawa.


Worried mother Katie Riopel said she has safety concerns due to the proximity of guns and young children. "My personal fear would be that someone would come in after purchasing a firearm and open fire on the kids," she said. "[It could be] someone that's not completely there." Parents have petitioned to have city council stop the hunting store's opening.

Councillors' hands tied.  Father Chris Piersol, who only found out about the nursery's new neighbour two weeks ago, is one of 319 who have signed the petition so far. It was a big disappointment, he said when he found out Monday the city can't stop Pro Nature from moving in. There are no zoning bylaws to stop it.


"[It is] pretty much shock ... it's kind of common sense, you would think, that you wouldn't have a gun and ammunition store going up next to a daycare," he said. The councillors expressed their helplessness, too, because there is nothing they can do, they say. "It makes me feel very sad for the people," said Bernard Payer, a councillor in Clarence-Rockland.


But some parents pledge they might take their children out of the daycare. The Tiny Hoppers daycare sits in a quiet mall in a small town east of Ottawa. Soon, it will be two doors from a hunting outlet.  "Whether right or wrong, people are going to react to having a guns and ammo store next door, or two doors down," said mother Melissa Clarke. "I don't think that's been taken into account." Pro Nature did not immediately reply to an interview request. (CBC – August 29, 2012)




COME AND SHOOT IN QUEBEC: PPC District Committee Members of the Quebec Shooting Federation invite you to the Outdoor Provincial Championship being held at the Shooting Maska Center (Centre de tir Maska). The competition will take place on Saturday September 15, 2012. 


This competition is opened to all. You will have the opportunity to shoot a 1500 Open which is the main discipline in PPC; relays of 1500 Duty Pistol will also be available to shooters. You can get accustomed to all PPC routes by going on the Shooting Quebec Federation website (Fédération Québécoise de tir), as well as the PPC Quebec League website (Ligue PPC Québec), (distances are in yards).


Acrylics will be delivered to the first of each class for the 1500 PPC as well as the Duty Pistol. Medals will be awarded to the second and third in each class for the 1500 Open and the Duty Pistol. Shooting begins at 9h am, relays will be every hour. The last relay is scheduled for 3h pm. The registration fee for the first 1500 is $ 25 and $ 15 for the second. The awards will be given in late afternoon. Later, the PPC Quebec League will welcome you for dinner which will be followed by trophy presentation for the season, drawings and prizes.


Save your seat in advance. You can do this by phone at 819-693-5861 or email to


Several organizers deploy a lot of energy to promote the PPC as well as training new shooters for different clubs in the province. This activity is the opportunity to meet and share the passion of our sport. Committee members will be there to welcome you. Welcome to all! Schedule: 1500: 9h am, 10h am, 1h pm, 3h pm.




NON-CULPABLE SHOOTING HOMICIDE -- A RARE FIND: No charges will be laid in the fatal shooting of a Calgary man after his death was deemed the result of self defence. About 9 a.m. on Jan. 14 of this year, cops were called to a possible break-in in the 100 block of Erin Circle S.E. Several people were in the home at the time, and as officers were removing them, they found the body of 35-year-old Joseph Lesley Talbot, who had been shot to death. One person was arrested and questioned, but later released, said homicide Staff Sgt. Doug Andrus.


On Thursday, police said no one will be charged in Talbot's death after the Crown prosecutor's office deemed the incident a non-culpable homicide, meaning there was no legal wrongdoing, such as in the case of self defence. "The determination is made in conjunction with the Crown prosecutor's office,  which speaks to whether the amount of force is reasonable given the situation," said Andrus. 


Police say on the day of Talbot's death, he went into the home with a knife and was shot with a long rifle after cornering a friend. "In this case we had a male who forcibly entered a residence through the front door, he confronted an occupant inside residence in his bedroom brandishing a knife," said Andrus. "The  occupant of the home had no means ofescape. "As a result, this makes the use of a firearm more   reasonable." Talbot and the person who shot him were "lifelong friends," said Andrus. "We believe that they were involved in a long-term dispute." 


Non-culpable homicides are unusual occurrences, said Andrus, adding the last cases were in 2010. (Calgary Sun – August 23, 2012)




HEY, GUN CONTROL ADVOCATES: WHAT ABOUT YOUR OWN GOVERNMENT? The recent mass shootings in Aurora, Colorado, and then in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, have led to renewed demands for "gun control" aimed ultimately at depriving the individual citizen of his constitutional right to keep and bear arms. It is believed that if the individual were deprived of this right, such shootings would not take place, because of the sheer lack of available weaponry.


Let me say immediately that I too believe in gun control. However, I do so in the light of the knowledge that by far the largest number and the most powerful guns and other weapons are in the possession of the government. First and foremost, of course, the federal government, which has atomic and hydrogen bombs, as well as ballistic missiles with which to deliver them, fleets of warships, and thousands upon thousands of tanks, planes, artillery pieces, machine guns, and lesser weapons. State and local governments also possess considerable weaponry, though less than the federal government. But just the revolvers, rifles, shot guns, clubs, tear gas, and tasers in their possession are capable of causing serious injury and death, and frequently do so.


Moreover, the threat of deadly force is implicitly present in every law, regulation, ruling, or decree that emanates from any government office, at any level. The threat of such force is what compels obedience on the part of the citizens. Even such an innocuous offense as a parking violation is capable of resulting in death if a person persists in not paying the fine imposed and, when ultimately confronted with arrest, resists by physically defending himself.


Literally everything the government does is ultimately a threat to point a gun at someone and use it if necessary. If this were not the case, the law, regulation, ruling, or whatever, would be without force or effect. People would be free to ignore it if they wished. Because of the government's implicit threat to use deadly force to uphold its decisions, any meaningful program of gun control must above all focus on strictly controlling and regulating the activities of the government...


Read more at:  (By George Reisman – Ludwig von Mises Institute – August 30, 2012)





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