Firearms Owners Association
Victoria Day, Monday, 23 May 2011
Maurice Vellacott, MP, CPC, Saskatoon-Wanuskewin
Unit 3-844 51st Street East
Re: Now is the Time to Repeal the Firearms Act
Congratulations on your reelection to Parliament for Saskatoon-Wanuskewin. I know you must be truly animated returning to Ottawa to work with Mr. Harper in a majority Government.
By the time I returned four days after the election from spoiling the two grandkids in Holland, your brother had the campaign office cleaned out, and Jack and I only had a dozen campaign signs to collect from the rural areas of the EDA. And Edna had a check waiting to reimburse me for the gas we used posting the signs - much more pleasant taking the signs down in the warm sun of May and on dry, firm ground than putting the signs up in the snow, wind, and the mushy slush of a late prairie spring.
But, Maurice, as we discussed during the election campaign, this might well have been my last opportunity to work for you posting campaign signs. As I previously emphasized, Mr. Harper’s campaign pledge to “end the long-gun registry” does nothing to address the real problem responsible firearms owners face. Simply scarping the ‘long-gun registry’ leaves the worst part of the Liberals’ 1995 Firearms Act – licencing – firmly in place. This unjust Act and the Liberal’s subsequent changes to Criminal Code sections 91(1), 92(1), and 117.03 make it a criminal offence merely to possess a firearm without a licence. So those of us who have steadfastly refused to submit to this unjust law may be in Mr. Harper’s new prisons before the next election.
Newly reappointed Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has announced he will soon introduce “substantive changes” to the Wheat Board for the 2012 crop year. Responsible firearms owners likewise require substantive changes to the licencing mandate of the Firearms Act just as quickly. Given the comparative gravity of the two situations – hard working independent wheat farmers going to jail because they refused to get an export permit to sell their own wheat and honest, responsible firearms owners going to prison because we refuse to get a licence merely to posses a firearm in our own homes - I believe Mr. Harper should keep all of his promises to farmers and responsible firearms owners.
Now is time for the Government to change their focus from harassing honest, responsible Canadian citizens and direct their attention and energies onto the criminals and drug dealers who abuse and misuse firearms. As I describe in the enclosed material, that can effectively be accomplished by replacing the Liberals’ licencing scheme with a Firearms Prohibition Registry (FPR). Our proposed FPR would have the support and willing acceptance of responsible firearms owners. As Garry Breitkreuz the former Firearms Critic said while the Conservatives served in Opposition, “Register Criminals, not Duck Hunters.”
We need definitive, immediate action from the Conservative Government to correct Mr. Chrétien’s gun control quagmire.
I trust we can count on your assistance now to protect responsible firearms owners and repeal the Liberals’ unjust law.
CC: The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Encl: (1) The Firearms Act, section 117; Criminal Code ss. 91(1) &
The Governor in Council may make regulations
(a) regarding the issuance of licenses, authorization certificates and authorizations, including regulation respecting the purposes for which they may be issued ... and prescribing the circumstances in which persons are or are not eligible to hold licences; ...
(c) prescribing the circumstances in which an individual does or does not need firearms
91. (1) Subject to subsections (4) and (5) and section 98, every person commits an offence who possesses a firearm unless the person is the holder of
92. (1) Subject to subsections (4) and (5) and subsection 98, every person commits an offence who possesses a firearm knowing that the person is not the holder of
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