Firearms Owners Association
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 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.
Edward B. Hudson DVM, MS
Address Letters to:
A list of the newly elected Members of Parliament is available:
If you do not have a Conservative Member of Parliament,
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] 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.”
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.
“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.”
Register Criminals, not Duck Hunters
The Firearms Prohibition Registry
Rationale for the Firearms Prohibition Registry:
Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association