CSSA SPECIAL REPORT - January 29, 2013
ATTENTION CANADIAN FIREARMS OWNERS
CALL TO ACTION – PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS!
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Canada’s firearms community must join forces to fight the anti-gun civil servants who are trying to steal your rights.
The Ontario Chief Firearms Office (CFO) has suddenly introduced new Authorization To Transport (ATT) regulations that are unfair, unnecessary and undemocratic. Responsible firearms owners must make our voices heard on Parliament Hill, where all CFOs derive their mandate. Let the government know why Canada’s ATTs are nothing more than an exercise in useless red tape. ATTs do not help to keep Canadians safe -- these redundant rules are intended to frustrate sport shooters into quitting their heritage activities.
The Canadian Shooting Sport Association (CSSA) is preparing to take the CFO to court for imposing artificial transport regulations on responsible owners of restricted and prohibited firearms. Under ATT regulations imposed many years ago, the CFO has permitted transporting firearms between the owners’ home and any approved shooting range in Ontario in accordance with the federal Firearms Act. Responsible firearm owners have been doing it for a very long time, virtually without incident.
The CFO’s new arbitrary ATT regulations quash the previous rights conferred under the Criminal Code, and suddenly specifies that sport shooters are only permitted transport to shooting clubs where the permit holder is a “member in good standing.” New rules say sport shooters may only visit shooting ranges where they have a written invitation, and incredibly, they must surrender that invitation to a police officer upon demand.
Let’s go one better – write to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and your Member of Parliament today. Politely explain why ATTs are a waste of time and resources. If you are not an Ontario resident, rest assured that all provincial CFOs are watching – they make up the rules as they go and get away with it. But, enough is enough. Your letter can make a difference – but your silence will certainly be interpreted as your approval. Do not remain silent.
Please tell our federal politicians:
- a) ATTs are specifically designed to harass sport shooters and do nothing to keep Canadians safe
- b) Every ATT application to the CFO to move restricted and prohibited firearms is granted with a rubber-stamp – it is an expensive, useless exercise
- c) Criminals do not seek permission to transport firearms, so the ATT does not prevent crime
- d) ATTs provide CFOs with another avenue to make up more stringent and unfair rules on their own
- e) The federal government grants power to the CFOs and then refuses to take responsibility for those powers. The CFO's don't make the law, Parliament does.
- f) Scrapping ATTs was advocated by the Public Safety Minister’s Firearms Advisory Committee who are Canada’s leading experts on firearms.
- g) The Conservative government campaigned on scrapping Bill C-68 for years and gun owners everywhere supported it – the government should stand and deliver
Please write a personal letter to:
Prime Minister Steven Harper
House of Commons
Ottawa ON K1A 0A6
(no stamp necessary)
and please email the Prime Minister at the address below and CC the following:
Copy and paste into your CC:
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Thank you for writing a letter NOW – this is a very important firearms initiative and could help to get rid of the useless ATT.
Court cases can be expensive. WE NEED YOUR HELP so please donate to this cause. Donations to this challenge may be made to:
Donations to this challenge may be made to:
"ATT Challenge" 116 Galaxy Blvd, Etobicoke, ON, M9W 4Y6 (Please make cheques payable to the "Canadian Shooting Sports Association" and put "ATT Challenge" in the comment or memo area.)
Or by phone 416-679-9959, Fax 416-679-9910, Toll Free: 1-888-873-4339
On the Web here: DONATE: Help fight the CFO
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
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