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

A Cancer of the Soul

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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 forty dollars.

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 gun law.

Yours truly,

Audrey De Block
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan