CUFOA

Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association
Association canadienne des propriétaires d’armes sans permis

Licensing:
A Cancer of the Soul

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Ottawa
July 8, 2005

Mr. Edward Burke Hudson
402 Skeena Court
Saskatoon, SK
S7K 4H2

Dear Mr. Hudson:

Thank you for the letter you sent me with respect to the Liberal government's useless gun registry. The sad truth is that every shooting reported by the media proves the $2 billion firearms program is useless and not working -- even if the Liberals can't or won't admit it. If the gun was unregistered -- it failed! If the gun was registered -- it failed! If the gun owner was unlicenced -- it failed! If the gun owner was licenced -- it failed! The other sad truth for all of us is that as long as the Liberals remain in power, taxpayers are going to be saddled with this boondoggle -- no matter how many billions are wasted on it.

After asking the Liberals nearly 30 times, they have finally estimated that it will take until December 31, 2007, to fully implement the Firearms Act. However, they are still keeping Parliament in the dark about how much it will really cost. Here is a list of Firearms Program costs still unaccounted for by the Liberals: (1) Enforcement Costs - estimated to be more than $750 million; (2) Compliance Costs - estimated to be more than $367 million; (3) Economic Costs - a "Cabinet Secret" since 1999; (4) Cost/Benefit Analysis - a "Cabinet Secret" since 2003; (5) Total "Indirect Costs" for all Departments/Agencies; (6) Total "Direct and Indirect Costs" for provinces, territories & municipalities; (7) $42 million to address the "Criminal use of guns" still a "Cabinet Secret"; (8) The cost for police to register police firearms; (9) The cost for police to destroy all the guns they seize; (10) The cost to "verify" five million of the guns in the registry; (11) The cost to track down and issue firearm licences to more than 311,000 owners of registered handguns; (12) The cost to track down and re-register 605,000 handguns and prohibited firearms; (13) The cost to register millions of rifles and shotguns in Canada according to import and export records; (14) The status and all details of the $371 million "privatization" contracts; and (15) How many of the 1,800 employees (as of April 2001) are still working in and for the firearms program in all levels of government?

With the full support of our Leader Stephen Harper and our Caucus, both MPs and Senators, here are some of the things we have done for taxpayers on the firearms file in the last year:

  • The Auditor General announced that she will be doing an update of her December 2002 Report on the Costs of Implementing the Canadian Firearms Program. She will report to Parliament in February 2006. We continue to press her for a thorough value-for-money audit and ask you to do the same.
  • Exposed the Liberals' plan to ban the Ruger Mini 14, a commonly used hunting and sporting rifle and, with your support, forced them to abandon their plan - temporarily at least.
  • Exposed another damning financial audit of the firearms program by consulting firm Hill and Knowlton.
  • Exposed ridiculous funding cut-backs at RCMP crime laboratories that increased backlogs in DNA analysis and forced the Justice Committee to ask the Auditor General to investigate the reasons behind this backlog problem. The Auditor General agreed to look into the problem. Liberals rejected Conservative pleas to redirect a few million from the gun registry to the RCMP crime labs to clear up the backlog.
  • Exposed the Liberal firearms licence lottery that saw the government give free licence renewals to 773,000 gun owners and force everyone else to pay -- breaking the Charter rights of 1.3 million law-abiding gun owners to be treated equally before and under the law.
  • Moved motions in the House of Commons in December 2004 and June 2005 to reduce the Firearms Centre budget by tens of millions of dollars and redirect the funding to front-line policing and border security priorities. Both times the Conservative motions were defeated by the Liberals with Bloc and NDP support.
  • Moved motions in the Justice Committee forcing Public Safety Minister Anne McLellan to appear to try and defend her spending priorities.
  • Moved and debated a property rights motion M-227 that would ensure full, just and timely compensation for all persons deprived of personal or private property by the government.
  • Moved motions in the Justice Committee to assist the owners of section 12(6.2) handguns to re-register their firearms. The motion was defeated by the Liberals with Bloc support.
  • Commissioned eight papers from the Law and Government Division of the Library of Parliament research Branch on various legislative questions regarding the Firearms Act and its application. These papers are posted on my website at: www.garrbreitkreuz.com.
  • As the Conservative Firearms Critic, I have issued 20 news releases and columns and 35 Firearms Facts Updates exposing the flaws in the Liberals' firearms program and its failure to improve public safety and save lives as promised. Please visit my website at: www.garrbreitkreuz.com.
  • Filed 65 Access to Information Act requests to try and uncover the truth about this firearms fiasco for the people and Parliament.
  • Tabled 14 written questions to the Liberal government in the House of Commons on cost and effectiveness of the federal firearms program. The government's less than complete responses are posted on my website at: www.garrbreitkreuz.com.

There is only one way to fix this mess and that is to elect a Conservative government. We promise to repeal Bill C-68 and return gun laws to the way they were before 1995. Then I personally promise that I will start the task of fixing all the flaws in federal firearm laws by including a sunset clause on all gun control laws that have been proven by the Auditor General not to be cost effective at reducing the criminal use of firearms and improving public safety.

Yours sincerely,

[signed]

Garry Breitkreuz, MP
Yorkton-Melville (Sask)
Conservative Firearms Critic

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