Firearms Owners Association
The Honourable Jim Prentice
Monday, 12 February 2007
Dear Mr. Prentice,
Re: Withdrawal of Bill C-21
My associate Joe Gingrich & I enjoyed meeting you at the Saskatchewan Party Convention last weekend in Regina. We certainly appreciate the support which your presence provided for Brad Wall and the Saskatchewan Party.
We also appreciate your discussing the Conservative’s Bill C-21 with us, and understanding why we are so adamant that Mr. Harper needs to withdraw this bill which only diminishes the rights of responsible firearms owners by further enshrining licensing in criminal law.
To address your question of “how many firearms owners dislike Bill C-21?”, I have attached the Joint Policy Statement of four firearms groups. Government statistics indicate that over one million firearms owners have refused to submit to government licensing. And based on anecdotal comments which we hear in increasing numbers, Minister Day’s offer of a so-called amnesty is not reducing this number; in fact, the opposite is happening. More firearms owners are joining this unlicensed number by not renewing their POL (Possession Only License).
To exemplify why were are so repelled with Minister Day’s endorsement of licensing, I have also enclosed Mr. Day’s most recent pronouncement. Please note that Mr. Day promises to “make licensing more difficult.” These certainly do not sound like the words of a government which is committed to fulfilling Stephen Harper’s promise to firearms owners to repeal the Firearms Act.
As Mr. Gingrich said to you, our government should be tracking the violent criminals, not harassing honest, responsible citizens. Therefore we have proposed the Firearms Prohibition Registry (FPR) which would increase the safety of all Canadians.
Again, thank you for your attention. We trust you will discuss our concerns with Mr. Harper.
Edward B. Hudson DVM, MS
encl.: (1) Joint Policy Statement (2) Mr. Harper’s promise to Repeal
CC: The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister