CUFOA

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

Licensing:
A Cancer of the Soul

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Victoria Weekend, Sunday, 22 May 2011

An Open Letter to All Responsible Firearms Owners of Canada; whether Licensed, Unlicensed, or Undecided

For the first time in sixteen years we have the opportunity to repeal the unjust, unconstitutional firearms laws that the Liberals rammed down our throats in 1995.

Mr. Harper and the Conservatives have a solid majority in Parliament – they can essentially do whatever they choose to do.

However, we cannot simply sit back and wait for Mr. Harper to act.
In fact we would be extremely unwise to do so.

In the election campaign of April 2011 Mr. Harper pledged only to “end the long-gun registry.”

This election promise is in stark contrast to Mr. Harper’s previous promises while in Opposition.

And Mr. Harper’s election promise is vastly different form what Mr. Garry Breitkreuz promised us while he served as the Firearms Critic for Mr. Harper.

And significantly, scrapping the ‘long-gun registry’ does not come at all close to fulfilling the CPC Policy Statement of “respecting the Right of law-abiding Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly”.

To maintain our historical, cultural Canadian Right to armed self-protection, we must effect the repeal of the Firearms Act and the repeal of Criminal Code sections 91(1), 92(1) & 117.03.

Now is the time to write Mr. Harper and your Conservative Member of Parliament.

Remind them of their promises and why we voted for them.

Tell them that a Firearms Prohibition Registry would keep Canadians safer than a scheme that only keeps records of responsible citizens.

Tell them you want ‘more than a good First Step’ – tell them you want them to fulfill the Conservatives’ promises; Repeal the entire Firearms Act.

I beg you to do this.

Sincerely,

Edward B. Hudson DVM, MS
Secretary

Address Letters to:
The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6

A list of the newly elected Members of Parliament is available:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/MembersOfParliament/MainCandidatesCompleteList.aspx?TimePeriod=Historical&Language=E

If you do not have a Conservative Member of Parliament,
please write to the nearest Conservative MP.

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The Conservatives’ Promises to Firearms Owners

Mr. Harper’s Promise to Repeal Bill C-68 - the Liberal’s Firearms Act

“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 [The Firearms Act], 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 of 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

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.
As approved by the CPC Montréal Convention, 19 March 2005


The Promise of the Conservatives while Serving as the Loyal Opposition

“Any sane person can only conclude that federal gun control laws should be focused on keeping the guns out of the hands of people who should not have them.”

“There is only one to fix this mess and that is to elect a Conservative government. We promise to repeal Bill C-68 [The Firearms Act] 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

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The Firearms Prohibition Registry


The Proposal:

  • A replacement of the licencing scheme of the Liberal’s 1995 Firearms Act, by
  • A federal registry of persons prohibited by court order from possessing firearms.

The Objective:

  • A safer more secure society by reducing criminal access to firearms.

The Benefits:

  • Focuses the attention squarely on the problem: criminals.
  • Requires that an individual wishing to purchase firearms must not be listed in the FPR.
  • Assures vendors that purchasers of firearms would be legitimate by providing an 800-number to insure the recipient of the firearm is not listed in the FPR.
  • Allows the police to have ready access to all information on all persons prohibited from possessing firearms.
  • A justice of the courts - not a federal bureaucrat - would determine who is prohibited from owning and acquiring firearms.
  • Respects the Rights and Freedoms of responsible citizens to acquire and possess firearms.
  • Ensures judicial review so that no person is erroneously included in the FPR.
  • Maintains effective measures to ensure swift correction of faulty data.
  • Provides a public service for which no fees would be attached.

Rationale for the Firearms Prohibition Registry:

  • The courts, by convictions, restraining orders, and bail conditions would decide who is prohibited from possessing firearms.
  • Decriminalizes the mere possession of a firearm - only keeps track of irresponsible persons, leaving responsible citizens alone.
  • The amount of data that would be provided by the courts would be more manageable.
  • The police have the communication equipment in their offices and patrol cars to access this type of information.

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