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Thursday, 01 September 2011

The Honourable Gary Goodyear, MP
Minister of State (Science and Technology)
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6

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.
I trust responsible firearms owners can count on your support for the repeal of the entire Firearms Act.

Sincerely,


Edward B. Hudson DVM, MS
Secretary

CC: The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister
       The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Justice
       The Honourable Lynne Yelich, MP Saskatoon-Blackstrap
       Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification)

       Ms. Kelly Block, MP Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar
       Mr. Maurice Vellacott MP Saskatoon-Wanuskewin
       Mr. Brad Trost, MP Saskatoon-Humboldt

Encl: Firearms Prohibition Registry

Ref:

1. Re: OCTEVAW’s Plea to MP’s and Senators to Resist the Relaxation of Canada’s Gun Laws
http://www.iansa-women.org/node/283

2. Mr. Harper’s Promise to Repeal Bill C-68
http://www.cufoa.ca/articles/primeminister/pm_27_jan_2010.html

3. The Conservative Party of Canada Policy Declaration 81. Firearms
as approved by the Montreal Convention on 19 March 2005
http://www.cufoa.ca/articles/primeminister/pm_27_jan_2010.html

Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association
Association canadienne des propriétaires d’armes sans permis
402 Skeena Court Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 4H2
(306) 242-2379 (306) 230-8929
edwardhudson@shaw.ca
www.cufoa.ca