Firearms Owners Association
01 September 2011
The Honourable Gary Goodyear, MP
Dear Mr. Goodyear,
Re: Need to repeal all of the Liberals’ Firearms Act
I enjoyed meeting you yesterday during the luncheon for our Saskatoon region EDA members at the University of Saskatchewan Faculty Club. I was encouraged by your announcements of funding for research into green energy, internet systems, and health care. I would like to take advantage of your invitation to discuss a topic that we did not have time to cover during the luncheon.
As Mr. Harper announced at our Convention this past June, the Prime Minister is planning to introduce legislation this fall to “end the long-gun registry”. But unfortunately many of your Conservative colleagues do not seem to understand fully what composes the Liberals’ 1995 Firearms Act. Many newly elected Conservative Members of Parliament – and many of the Conservative Caucus elected since the end of Mr. Martin’s of minority Liberal Government - have somehow been deluded into thinking that the registration of firearms is the worse part of Mr. Chrétien’s unjust law. What we desperately need is an end to the licencing of firearms owners.
For the first time in Canada’s proud history of responsible firearms ownership and use in both times of war and peace, the 1995 licencing mandate made the mere possession of a firearm illegal. Deplorably, now responsible Canadian citizens who own firearms are “registered” on a national firearms’ database that the police claim to check 15,000 times a day.(1) “Fifteen thousand times per day” honest, responsible Canadian citizens are scrutinized while the criminals and drug dealers who actually perpetrate severe harm upon Canadians are NOT on this list!
What your Conservative colleagues need to appreciate is that simply “ending the long-gun registry” will not fulfill Mr. Harper’s 2002 promise to repeal all of the Firearms Act (2). Nor will merely scraping the long-gun registry meet the intent of the Conservative Party Policy to respect “the rights of law-abiding Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly.”(3)
Therefore I implore you to encourage your fellow Conservative Caucus
members to follow former Conservative Firearms Critic Garry Breitkreuz’s
admonition to “Register Criminals, NOT Duck Hunters”
– repeal the entire Firearms Act and replace it
with a Firearms Prohibition Registry of criminals.
CC: The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister
Ms. Kelly Block, MP Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar
Encl: Firearms Prohibition Registry
1. Re: OCTEVAW’s Plea to MP’s and Senators to Resist the
Relaxation of Canada’s Gun Laws
2. Mr. Harper’s Promise to Repeal Bill C-68
3. The Conservative Party of Canada Policy Declaration 81. Firearms
Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association