Firearms Owners Association
28 October 2011
The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, MP
Dear Ms. Ablonczy,
Bill C-19, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Firearms Act, is a very poor first step by the Conservatives in meeting their long-standing promises to responsible Canadian gun owners.
Bill C-19 certainly does nothing to fulfill the Conservative Party Platform to respect “the Rights of law-abiding Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly.”
Simply ending the long-gun registry fails completely to address the Government’s unjustified attack on responsible firearms owners. The primary evil of the Liberals’ 1995 Firearms Act is the licensing of individual firearms owners; the criminalization of the mere possession of a firearm.
The Conservatives must decriminalize the ownership of firearms.
Firearms – like cars – are items of personal property. As such, under the Constitution Act, 1867 (the BNA Act) the provinces –not the Federal Government - have the authority to regulate these items of personal property.
Mr. Harper must honour responsible Canadian citizens, repeal licensing, and return the regulation of private property back to the provinces and territories.
If Mr. Harper wants to keep a truly useful list of people, he can make a Firearms Prohibition Registry of the violent criminals, drug dealers, and those who abuse firearms and have been convicted of committing real crimes that harm people.
Mr. Harper must meet his commitment to responsible gun owners who have been ardent and faithfully conservative constituents for the past sixteen years. If Mr. Harper does not decriminalize the ownership of firearms, then we have absolutely no further reason to support the Conservatives.
Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association