Thursday, July 28, 2011
The Honourable Lynne Yelich
2325 Preston Avenue, Unit 71 Market Mall
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7J 2G2
Dear Ms. Yelich,
The Firearms Act that the Jean Chrétien’s Liberals
initiated in 1995 at great financial cost has also caused a great ‘intangible
and personal loss’ to me and my family.
My husband’s father, a U.S. Marine Sharp-Shooter during World War
I, purchased a 22-rifle for his 10-year-old son in 1936. That 22-rifle
was the one item my husband had left to remind him of his father. Everything
else that my husband wanted from his father, especially a pocket watch
and his father’s service medals from the war, were stolen when his
aged mother died in 1973. My husband died in 1993. While he was being
buried our home was totally vandalized. Many of my husband’s personal
effects were stolen, sold, lost, and destroyed. The one thing left untouched
was the 22-rifle that had been broken since the 1960’s. My daughter
had the .22 repaired in the 1990’s despite its resell value of only
But the federal gun licencing requirement has caused me more grief than
the common thieves who broke into our home.
Because my daughter wanted to keep her granddad’s rifle for historical
and family sentiments, in 2001 she applied for a firearm Possession Only
Licence (POL). However, the government made repeated mistakes processing
her application. She had to return TWO incorrect ID cards and had to straighten
out mismanaged billing fees. It took my daughter many phone calls, letters,
and many aggravating months before she finally got everything corrected.
This past year, my daughter decided not to renew her firearms licence
because she now sees the licencing scheme as an ineffective money pit
that constantly makes mistakes. My daughter applied to transfer the 22-rifle
legally to a new owner. But both the new owner and my daughter again had
problems with the licencing system. Despite her once again doing everything
correctly, months after the gun transfer had taken place the RCMP sent
my daughter a letter threatening to confiscate the rifle. Why?!
Isn’t the point of the licencing system to keep track of the owner
of the gun? Why wasn’t that information passed on? This is a useless
system that targets responsible citizens.
My daughter and I regret that she ever applied for a firearms licence.
We no longer possess an item of great sentimental value because of a non-functional
Audrey De Block