CUFOA

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

Licensing:
A Cancer of the Soul

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Saturday, 09 April 2011

Maurice Vellacott, MP, CPC, Saskatoon-Wanuskewin
Unit 3-844 51st Street East
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 5C7

Dear Maurice,

Re: The Conservative Party Platform 2011

I certainly appreciated the brief discussion we had yesterday concerning Canadians’ Right to own and possess firearms for personal self-protection. Therefore I hope that you will appreciate how terribly disappointed I am in Mr. Harper’s “Here for Canada” 2011 election platform that I obtained this morning:

END THE INEFFECTIVE LONG-GUN REGISTRY1

Stephen Harper's Government has strongly and consistently opposed the
previous Liberal government's $2-billion long-gun registry. The long-gun
registry is wasteful and ineffective; and it needlessly and unfairly targets
law-abiding Canadians. It does nothing to reduce crime, or to strengthen our
efforts to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

Unfortunately the Ignatieff-led Coalition with the NDP and Bloc Quebecois
has fiercely resisted efforts to abolish the long-gun registry. They oppose
our efforts to crack down on criminals who use guns, while insisting on
heaping penalties on farmers and duck hunters.

We will end the long-gun registry once and for all. p. 56

As you well know, I am one of those “duck hunters” who Mr. Harper accuses the Liberals, the NDP, and the Bloc Quebecois of “heaping penalties” upon with the “previous Liberal government's $2-billion long-gun registry”.

But the so-called long-gun registry is NOT the problem. The truly evil part of the Liberal’s 1995 Firearms Act is the mandate to obtain a federal licence merely to possess a firearm. Licensing is an “owners registry” that needs to be ended “once and for all”.

Yet Mr. Harper and the Conservative Party Government continue to endorse the Liberal’s licencing scheme - a devise that gives the federal Government a computerized list of the name and address of every honest, responsible Canadian who owns a firearm. Yet this registry of honest citizens does absolutely nothing to stop violent criminals and drug dealers from shooting innocent Canadians. Worst, this list violates the scared trust that is necessary between Government and citizen.

Maurice, you know I own several shotguns and rifles. You are also aware that I do not have a licence to possess my firearms. I have taken these actions as a conscientious act of open, public, peaceful, civil non-compliance to the unjust mandate of the federal Firearms Act to obtain a licence to possess my firearms. Now, because of Mr. Harper’s inexplicable, traitorous endorsement of this discredited Liberal policy, I am subject to arrest at any time.

I continue to work for your re-election because I trust that you will be able to prevail upon Mr. Harper to honour his pledge – and the Policy of the Conservative Party of Canada - to respect “the rights of law-abiding Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly”.

Without the repeal of licensing, ending the long-gun registry is a hollow, worthless pledge.

Without the repeal of licensing, I - and many other principled firearms owners - may be in prison before the next election.

Sincerely,

Edward B. Hudson DVM, MS
Secretary

1. The Conservative Party Platform 2011
http://www.conservative.ca/media/ConservativePlatform2011_ENs.pdf

Encl: Conservative Policy and Promises Re: Repeal of the Firearms Act

CC: The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety


Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association
Association canadienne des propriétaries sans permis
402 Skeena Court Saskatoon
Saskatchewan S7K 4H2
(306) 242-2379 (306) 230-8929
edwardhudson@shaw.ca
www.cufoa.ca



Mr. Harper’s Promise to Firearms Owners

I was and still am in total agreement with the statement made in the House of Commons by former Reform Leader Preston Manning on 13 June 1995:

Bill C-68, if passed into law will not be a good law. It will be a blight on the legislative record of the government, a law that fails the three great tests of constitutionality, of effectiveness and of democratic consent to f the governed. What should be the fate of a bad a law? It should be repealed ... .

Bill C-68 [The Firearms Act] has proven to be a bad law and has created a bureaucratic nightmare for both gun owners and the government. As Leader of the Official Opposition, I will use all powers afforded to me as Leader and continue our party’s fight to repeal Bill C-68 and replace it with a firearms control system that is cost effective and respects the rights of Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly.
- Stephen Harper, January 2002


The Conservative Party of Canada Policy Declaration

As approved by the CPC Montréal Convention, 19 March 2005
81. Firearms - A Conservative Government will repeal Canada’s costly gun registry legislation and work with the provinces and territories on cost-effective gun control programs designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals while respecting the rights of law-abiding Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly. Measures will include: mandatory minimum sentences for the criminal use of firearms; strict monitoring of high-risk individuals; crackdown on the smuggling; safe storage provisions; firearms safety training; a certification screening system for all those wishing to acquire firearms legally; and putting more law enforcement officers on our streets.


The Promise of the Conservatives while Serving as the Loyal Opposition

“There is only one to fix this mess and that is to elect a Conservative government. We promise to repeal Bill C-68 and return the 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 requiring that they be subjected to a public safety test administered by the Auditor General of Canada. My proposal includes 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.”
- Garry Breitkreuz, M.P.- Yorkton-Melville (SK) - Conservative Firearms Critic, 08 July 2005


Register Criminals, NOT Duck Hunters

Garry Breitkreuz, MP, 25 February 2004