Firearms Owners Association
Tuesday, 23 July 2013
The Honourable Gerry Ritz, MP, CPC
Dear Mr. Ritz,
Re: Challenge to the Firearms Act
Congratulations on your reappointment as Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food. I know that many of the farmers of Saskatchewan are very pleased with the yeoman work that you did in repealing the Government’s unfair monopoly on marketing western wheat and grain. I know the repeal of that unjust law was due in no small part to the long fight of western farmers who supported the Conservative Party through the years.
On 31 October 2002 CUFOA members Joe Gingrich, Jim Turnbull and I traveled to Lethbridge, Alberta, to boost the dozen farmers as they went to prison for a peaceful act of civil disobedience to protect their Right to manage their property. At the public demonstration in support of these farmers (then) Alberta Premier Ralph Klein said:
Mr. Ritz, there is still “something wrong with the laws of the land" – dreadfully wrong. Mr. Harper’s Conservative Government now endorses and enforces Liberal Jean Chrétien’s 1995 Firearms Act. This Act, and its attendant changes to the Criminal Code, make the mere possession of a firearm illegal. Mr. Harper’s actions are blatantly illogical. Your fellow Saskatchewan Conservative Caucus member Garry Breitkreuz and the former Conservative Firearms Critic has denounced this unjust law in the most severe terms possible.(2) Yet Mr. Harper refuses to uphold Conservative Party Policy to respect the “rights of law-abiding Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly.”(3)
In open, public demonstrations as responsible firearms owners we have employed peaceful civil disobedience to the Firearms Act.(4) However rather than being arrested like the Alberta grain farmers were, the RCMP refuse to charge us. Yet the RCMP confiscates our firearms and obtains destruction orders for our property. This mendacious law allows the police to do this to us without either a trial or conviction.(5)
Mr. Ritz, in response to our open, peaceful defiance to this treacherous law we call upon you to respect our Right to be charged with a crime and to have a trial by jury.
Therefore, I ask that you direct the Saskatoon RCMP to charge me for my illegal action.
I would greatly appreciate your prompt, positive consideration.
(1) Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper
CC: Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Senators and Members of Parliament from Saskatchewan
2. 4. Garry Breitkreuz, MP, CPC:
3. The Conservative Party of Canada Policy Declaration, 19 March 2005:
4. Edward B. Hudson, 05 September 2005, “Five Reasons the Court
Should Return my Firearm”
5. Hudson v. The Attorney General of Canada
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