Firearms Owners Association
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Irving R. Gerstein, C.M., O.Ont,
Dear Mr. Gerstein,
Thank you for your recent letters with my 2012 Sustaining Donor card, thanking me for my generous support, and seeking my further financial contributions to help ensure Mr. Harper’s “legislative agenda becomes a reality this year.” Regrettably I find Mr. Harper’s current actions provide absolutely no motivation for me to donate further funds to the Conservatives.
With Bill C-19, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Firearms Act, Mr. Harper is perpetrating a fraud upon responsible Canadian firearms owners who worked tirelessly for over sixteen years to elect a majority Conservative government.
While some may applaud Mr. Harper and the Conservatives’ action to end the ‘long-gun registry’, it is extremely important to note that it is the licensing component of the Firearms Act that makes criminals out of hunters and farmers.
Firearms owners worked diligently within the Conservative Party to ensure that the mere ownership of a firearm would not be a criminal act. At the Conservative Party Convention in Montreal in March 2005 firearms owners helped the CPC adopted a firearms policy that respects “the rights of law-abiding Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly”.
Yet the Conservatives' Bill C-19 leaves the criminalization of the mere possession of a firearm firmly entrenched in sections 91 and 92 of the Criminal Code. This licencing mandate is the most offensive part of the Firearms Act; those of us who had owned firearms responsibly for decades suddenly became criminals because we refused to submit and ask the government for permission to retain our property.
Under Bill C-19 the only thing that changes is that now it is Mr. Harper and the Conservatives - not Allan Rock and Jean Chrétien’s Liberals - who are responsible for confiscating our property. If the Conservatives do not correct this injustice and decriminalize the mere possession of firearms by removing Criminal Code ss. 91 and 92 and eliminating the licensing component of the Firearms Act, responsible hunters and farmers will remain criminals.
Until such time as Mr. Harper and the Conservatives correct this injustice, they deserve no applause - nor funding. I plead with you to have Mr. Harper retract this inept Bill C-19 and introduce legislation that truly honours the Conservatives’ promise to responsible firearms owners.
Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association