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

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Saturday, 13 July 2013

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6
Dear Mr. Harper,

Re: A Direct Challenge; Enforce the Firearms Act

For over seventeen years I and responsible firearms owners worked faithfully within the political system for the repeal of the Liberals’ 1995 Firearms Act and its attendant changes to the Criminal Code that make the mere possession of firearm illegal. We worked diligently, tirelessly, and unreservedly in our quest to elected a conservative Government that would respect the “rights of law-abiding Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly.

In return for our faithfulness, Mr. Harper, you betrayed all of our efforts. You despised our financial contributions and made a mockery of our commitment. I submit that the evidence condemning you is overwhelming and indisputable. Mr. Harper, you have:

(a) failed to keep your promise to firearms owners to repeal the Firearms Act;(1)
(b) refused to implement the Conservatives’ Policy on firearms;(2)
(c) endorsed the Liberals’ licensing provisions for firearms owners;(3), and
(d) approved a law that authorizes the confiscation of every firearm in Canada.(4)

Mr. Harper, your claim that ending the “long-gun registry” somehow fulfilled your promise to responsible firearms owners or that you met the requirements of the stated policy of the Conservative Party of Canada – a policy that was drafted, submitted and shepherded through the March 2005 Montréal Conservative Party Convention by dedicated firearms owners(5) - is more than false; it is degradingly insulting. Yet Mr. Harper, you send forth your ministers and Members of Parliament who now negate everything Garry Breitkreuz ever said.(6) Your minions now swear that the Conservatives “never suggested that we would remove licensing requirements for gun owners.”( 7)

This unjust law makes me a criminal merely for possessing the means to protect my family, my property, and myself without having first submitted to the Federal Government’s demand that I apply to Government for a licence to possess that means.

Therefore today, I begin a direct challenge to you. Mr. Harper, uphold the law that you so disingenuously refuse to repeal. I hereby give you the means to have me found guilty by a jury of my peers. I attach an affidavit that clearly states I own a Cooey .22 rifle; that I knowingly possess this rifle without a licence in direct violation of Criminal Code section 92(1):

every person commits an offence who possesses a firearm knowing that the person is not the holder of

(a) a licence under which the person may possess it;”(8)

I will never submit to this unjust law. If my friends, my neighbors, my acquaintances, my fellow citizens of Saskatoon and Saskatchewan, disagree with me for defending my Right to self-protection by peaceful, non-violent civil disobedience, you can have them send me to prison.

I challenge you, Mr. Harper: fulfill your duty; have me charged and tried in court.

Sincerely,


Edward B. Hudson DVM, MS
Secretary

Encl: A/S

CC: Senators and Members of Parliament from Saskatchewan

Ref:

1. Mr. Harper’s Promise to Repeal Bill C-68, “I will use all powers afforded to me as Leader and continue our party’s fight to repeal Bill C-68 … .”
http://www.cufoa.ca/articles/primeminister/pm_19_jan_2002.html

2. The Conservative Party of Canada Policy Declaration, 19 March 2005; “A Conservative Government will repeal Canada’s costly gun registry legislation and work with the provinces and territories on cost-effective gun control programs designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals while respecting the rights of law-abiding Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly.
http://www.cufoa.ca/articles/primeminister/pm_19_jan_2002.html

3. Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety; “all firearms owners will continue to be required to undergo background check, pass a safety training course, and possess a valid firearms licence.
http://www.cufoa.ca/articles/primeminister/pm_18_jan_2012.html

4. Garry Breitkreuz, MP, CPC; “In fact, with the passage of Bill C-68, Section 117.15(2) of the Criminal Code gives the government such sweeping power that they could ban any or all firearms in Canada and not even the Supreme Court of Canada could overturn it.
http://www.cufoa.ca/articles/licensing/licensing_21_sept_2000.html

5. Joe Gingrich, Delegate to Montréal Convention; “In the plenary session, the delegates … voted to eliminate reference to licensing to form today's Conservative Firearms Policy to respect ‘the rights of law-abiding Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly’.”
http://www.cufoa.ca/articles/licensing/licensing_21_jan_2012.html

6. Shelly Glover, MP, CPC, August 15, 2011; “In regard to the Firearms Act, I wanted to clarify a few points. The Conservative Party has never claimed to want to repeal the Firearms Act.
http://www.cufoa.ca/articles/primeminister/pm_15_aug_2011.html

7. Letter from Senator David Tkachuk, 29April2009, “the Conservative Party has never suggested that we would remove licensing requirements for gun owners.”
http://www.cufoa.ca/articles/primeminister/pm_29_apr_2009.html

8. Criminal Code s.92(1)
http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-46/section-92-20030101.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