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

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"It is clear that Canada's excessive firearms control system has failed again.
The excessive rules in place do not in any way increase public safety."
(1)

Monday, 16 June 2014

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

Dear Mr. Harper,

Re: The NFA's Pronouncement on Random Violence

The leadership of the National Firearms Association has been pilloried in the news media as being "insensitive" after the tragedy in Moncton.(2) Unfortunately, the regrettable fact is that the NFA is quite correct. As Professor Gary Mauser has shown, the excessive rules that Mr. Chrétien's Liberals put into place in 1995 with the Firearms Act and the concurrent changes to the Criminal Code have done nothing to improve public safety.(3)

But what is truly sad is that you have personally endorsed the Liberals' law that makes the mere possession of a firearm a criminal offense. And you have endorsed the Liberals' legislation that allows the reclassification and confiscation of firearms. This is totally unconscionable. As your former firearms advisor Garry Breitkreuz has said:
“The passage of Bill C-68 (the Firearms Act) 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.”(4)

Mr. Harper, you need to keep your promise to responsible gun owners - repeal the Firearms Act.(5)

Sincerely,

Edward B. Hudson DVM, MS
Secretary
Ref:

1. Canada's National Firearms Association Media Release, 05 June 2014
https://nfa.ca/news/canadas-national-firearms-association-media-release-june-5-2014

2. Andre Mayer, Moncton shootings: National Firearms Association response 'premature'. CBC News, 07 June 2014
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/moncton-shootings-national-firearms-association-response-premature-1.2667704

3. Gary Mauser, History of Failure?, 20 December 2012
http://www.dorchesterreview.ca/2012/12/20/a-history-of-failure/

4. Garry Breitkreuz, Press Release, 21 September 2000
http://www.cufoa.ca/articles/licensing/licensing_21_sept_2000.html

5. The Conservatives’ Promises to Firearms Owners:

Mr. Harper’s Promise to Repeal Bill C-68

"I was and still am in total agreement with the statement made in the House of Commons by former Reform Leader Preston Manning on 13 June 1995:

'Bill C-68, if passed into law will not be a good law. It will be a blight on the legislative record of the government, a law that fails the three great tests of constitutionality, of effectiveness and of democratic consent to f the governed. What should be the fate of a bad a law? It should be repealed ... .'

"Bill C-68 [The Firearms Act] has proven to be a bad law and has created a bureaucratic nightmare for both gun owners and the government. As Leader of the Official Opposition, I will use all powers afforded to me as Leader and continue our party’s fight to repeal Bill C-68 and replace it with a firearms control system that is cost effective and respects the rights of Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly."
- Stephen Harper, January 2002

The Conservative Party of Canada Policy Declaration

As approved by the CPC Montréal Convention, 19 March 2005
81. Firearms - 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. Measures will include: mandatory minimum sentences for the criminal use of firearms; strict monitoring of high-risk individuals; crackdown on the smuggling; safe storage provisions; firearms safety training; a certification screening system for all those wishing to acquire firearms legally; and putting more law enforcement officers on our streets.

The Promise of the Conservatives while Serving as the Loyal Opposition

“There is only one to fix this mess and that is to elect a Conservative government. We promise to repeal Bill C-68 and return the laws to the way they were before 1995. gun Then I personally promise that I will start the task of fixing all the flaws in federal firearm laws by requiring that they be subjected to a public safety test administered by the Auditor General of Canada. My proposal includes a sunset clause on all gun control laws that have been proven by the Auditor General not to be cost effective at reducing the criminal use of firearms and improving public safety.”
- Garry Breitkreuz, M.P. (SK) Conservative Firearms Critic, 08 July 2005
http://www.cufoa.ca/articles/primeminister/pm_19_jan_2002.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