Week in Review – 03 Mar 2023 Archive

The CCFR Week in Review

CCFR Radio – Ep 137: Libs and Anti-Gunners Engage in More Tomfoolery, Jim Shockey Owns Them at SECU! (Latest Episode)

For the latest information on what's been happening at the CCFR, check out our most recent Podcast with host Rod Giltaca.

In this episode: More tomfoolery at the Public Safety Committee (SECU), PolySeSouvient’s Heidi Rathjen lectures on ballistics and military calibres, ouch. Liberals just won’t let up on hunters, Jim Shockey owns them. CCFR AGM in June could be a summer gathering for all gun owners. Can you still get an RPAL?


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SAVE THE DATE: The 2023 CCFR Annual General Meeting will be held in Ottawa on Saturday June 10th, 2023. This will be our first in-person AGM since 2019. All existing CCFR members are entitled to attend the AGM. More details will be released in the coming weeks.

Clearer amendments needed for progress on Liberal bill to ban assault weapons, says gun control group

Rod Giltaca, CEO and executive director of the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights, told The Hill Times that if a model is mentioned in the list, all versions of that firearm could be prohibited, on the grounds that if the amendments were only intended to ban certain calibres, there would be no need to specify by model name.

“If [the amendments] just said, ‘10,000 joules,’ than any firearm that met or exceeded that limitation would have been prohibited. And if it’s under that … then you’re fine. But the thing is, it says ‘including’ these models of firearms,” he said. “The way the law is, if it’s named as prohibited, it’s prohibited.”

The question of the extent of a possible ban on Ruger No. 1 rifles arose during a Public Safety Committee meeting on Dec. 7, 2022, when Liberal MP Taleeb Noormohamed (Vancouver Granville, B.C.) said he had received correspondence about several guns on the list, including the Ruger No. 1. He asked Murray Smith, a technical specialist for the RCMP’s Canadian firearms program, whether, in his perspective, the government is proposing to ban all Ruger No. 1s, or only the Ruger No. 1s capable of firing certain calibres.

Smith responded that the latter was correct.

“The Ruger No. 1 rifles, which are prohibited now because they fall within paragraph 95 of the existing regulations, are prohibited if –and only if– they are chambered for a calibre that produces muzzle energies in excess of 10,000 joules,” Murray told the committee on Dec. 7. “Other Ruger No. 1 rifles, which are chambered for different calibres that do not produce that level of energy, will remain in the existing category, which, broadly speaking, is non-restricted.”

Giltaca does not accept Murray’s interpretation of the amendment, and told The Hill Times that Murray is a civilian, and not able to “confirm anything legal.”

“This is a legal question. This is not a firearms laboratory question. You need a judge to tell you whether or not these firearms would be included. You need a lawyer to tell you that. You don’t need a technician from the firearms lab who’s a civilian,” he said.

Giltaca argued that another model on the G46 ban list, the 1908 Brazillian Mauser, is a bolt-action rifle that was manufactured in one calibre, the “7 x 57 mm Mauser,” which doesn’t approach the 10,000-joule energy limit when fired.

“This cartridge generates roughly 3,200 joules at the muzzle. That’s not even a third of the way to 10,000 joules, [so] what’s it even doing on the list?” said Giltaca in an emailed statement to The Hill Times on Feb. 22. “Anti-gun groups say if it doesn’t meet the threshold, it’s exempt. Where is that written? There’s no exclusion. If so, where?”

Read more at The Hill Times here (Subscription Required)

UCP will introduce Bill 8 in spring session to protect firearms owners from Liberal gun grab

The UCP will table a new bill in the spring session to protect Alberta firearms owners from the Liberal gun grab.

On Wednesday, Government House Leader Joseph Schow released proposed bills to be introduced this session which included Bill 8 – the Alberta Firearms Act, which would protect firearms owners from the federal firearms confiscation program and establish a provincial firearms regulatory system that will promote the safe and responsible use of firearms.

Read more at Western Standard here

Colby Cosh: The moral panic over 3D-printed 'ghost guns'

Despite lots of hype about this sort of weaponry, it’s mostly a proof-of-concept for libertarians and other anti-government nerds

From the wild west we bring you a funny case study in firearms news coverage: Global News, seizing on a remark by Edmonton’s chief of police, is sounding the alarm about “ghost guns” in the Alberta capital. Shooting incidents are at an all-time high in the city, and Chief Dale McFee is rightly keeping one eye on seizures of privately made guns, issuing a table of stats indicating the variety and quantity of the problem. The brief TV version of the story highlights the phenomenon of the 3D-printed gun, which can conceivably be made in a home workshop out of non-metallic polymers, raising the spectre of streets flooded with high-tech weaponry.

Needless to say, the angle taken on the story isn’t terrifically well supported by McFee’s statistics. In 2022, the Edmonton police seized something like 800 “crime guns” — firearms used in a crime, or whose existence was ipso facto a crime. Forty-seven of these were labelled “ghost guns,” presumably meaning they showed signs of home manufacture or adaptation and didn’t bear the marks or serial numbers of an official manufacturer.

Unsurprisingly to anyone who is slightly familiar with guns, the biggest category was “slam guns,” which are also sometimes called “zip guns.” These would be amateur-built weapons that amount to a length of pipe welded to some kind of firing mechanism — the kind of gun that was used to kill former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe. Plenty of readers will have the capability to build a “gun” themselves if it only has to be fired once at close range and then discarded, and “slam guns” aren’t a new or rising phenomenon; criminals who can’t obtain a smuggled or stolen proper firearm have been using them for a century.

Three of the guns are said to be “Polymer80” devices. Polymer80 is a U.S. company that helps gun enthusiasts elude local U.S. firearms regulations by selling unfinished gun receivers and other parts (the serious ones being actually made of metal despite the misleading brand name). It’s broadly legal in the U.S. for you to own and wield any gun you’ve made yourself without registering or licensing it, so there’s a market there for almost-done parts (they’re 80 per cent ready, get it?) that fit with popular mass-market form factors like the AR-15 or the Glock 17. Polymer80 gun receivers require some finishing work, which might require anything from a fancy milling machine to a handheld Dremel.

Which leaves us with exactly four guns, out of 800, that really do represent a novel technical issue for police: guns with 3D-printed receivers. You can make an all-polymer gun, one that doesn’t set off metal detectors, using the right kind of 3D printer; you might even trust it to hold up for a couple hundred rounds if you were very daring. But it wouldn’t be much actual use as a ranged weapon. Honestly, you would want to get almost close enough to stab, or to shoot someone trying to stab you.

Read more at National Post here

N.S. man charged with weapons trafficking after 3D-printed gun, parts seized

A 30-year-old man is facing multiple charges after a months-long investigation by the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency into a suspected firearms manufacturing operation in Nova Scotia.

An RCMP release said in spring 2022, CBSA officers at the International Mail Processing Centre in Toronto intercepted two “suspicious parcels” addressed to a residence in Meaghers Grant, N.S., with each package containing five firearm suppressors.

It said the items were held by CBSA for further investigation.

On July 19, 2022, CBSA investigators arrested 30-year-old Gordon Victor Julien of Meaghers Grant for smuggling and executed a search warrant at his home.

“During the search of the home, CBSA located and seized one 3D firearm with suppressor, 3D firearm components, one prohibited handgun, a large amount of cash, and 40 3D-printed Glock switches which enable semi-automatic firearms to be fully automatic,” the release said.

The CBSA requested assistance from the RCMP national weapons enforcement support team to help identify the seized firearms and components.

The seized items were then transferred to the Halifax District RCMP street enforcement crime unit, which launched a firearms trafficking investigation. Police then sent the firearms and components for analysis and obtained warrants to search mobile devices.

Julien was again arrested by RCMP officers on Feb. 1 and is facing numerous firearms related charges.

Read more at Global News here

NOTICE: The RCMP CFP has begun sending newly designed PAL cards

Starting January 2023, firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) cards will have a different look, and contain enhanced security features.

Three versions of the valid PAL cards will be in circulation over the next five years as the Canadian Firearms Program transitions to the new PAL card:

  • standard cards issued from December 1998 to May 2022
  • interim cards issued between May and December 2022 that do not contain a magnetic strip on the back of the card
  • new cards issued starting in January 2023

The previously issued PAL cards will remain valid until they expire. All three PAL cards contain the required identification and licensing information. By December 2027, the previously issued PAL cards should all be expired and only the new cards will be in circulation.

If you already have a valid PAL card, no action is required on your part at this time; your existing PAL card will remain valid until it expires. New PAL cards will be issued on renewal.

See the official notice at RCMP.ca here

'Heroic actions' of staff at shooting range lead to arrest, guns seized

York Regional Police are commending the workers at a Whitchurch-Stouffville firearms store and shooting range for seizing an unlicensed firearm, and controlling a suspect until officers arrived

A 42-year-old Toronto man is arrested after employees at a Whitchurch-Stouffville firearms store and shooting range seized an unlicensed firearm and controlled a suspect until police arrived.

The employees had secured the weapon after noting it was unlicensed and its serial numbers had been filed off, on Feb. 25 at about noon, York Regional Police said in a news release.

"The staff members took quick action to secure the weapon and called police," police said.

The suspect then attacked an employee while attempting to retrieve the firearm, but the employees were able to maintain control of the suspect until officers arrived, police said.

A man was arrested and the firearm was seized, police said.

The accused was already on previous conditions not to be in possession of firearms. 

Search warrants executed at a residence and vehicle in Toronto resulted in the seizure of another rifle with ammunition and high-capacity magazines, police said.

"York Regional Police would like to thank the staff members involved in this incident for their bravery and quick response. These heroic actions led to the recovery of two illegal weapons and may have prevented a significant tragedy from occurring,' police said. 

Felix Algai, 42, of Toronto is charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm among other firearm related charges.

Read more at NewMarketToday.ca here

Gun crime maximum sentences going unused despite Liberals' promise to increase them, data show

As the Liberal government promises to increase maximum sentences after eliminating minimum sentences for certain gun crimes, data show that judges are never handing down maximum sentences for firearm offences.

While provisions contained within the Liberal government’s newest contentious gun control legislation, Bill C-21, would increase penalties for those convicted of certain firearms offences, records show nobody convicted of these crimes between 2016 and 2021 received the legislated maximum penalty.

Read more at National Post here

Federal Liberals invest up to $4.3-million to fight gun crime in Durham

Durham Region is receiving up to $4.3-million to support local initiatives that prevent gun and gang violence and help young people make good choices.

The money is coming from the federal government’s Building Safer Communities Fund (BSCF) which was first introduced in March of last year.

Ajax MP Mark Holland made the announcement Monday, at the Brooklin Library.

This funding aims to help address the underlying conditions that give rise to crime.

The region will distribute it to community-led projects for young people involved in gangs or at risk of joining them – helping them set themselves up for success in life.

“Everyone deserves to feel safe where they live. Supporting our communities and providing more resources for local initiatives is essential to reducing gun crime and violence,” said Mark Holland. “This investment in Durham will help do just that.”

“The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority and we remain committed to doing all that we can to make our region a safe place for everyone,” shared John Henry, Durham Regional Chair.  “Through the Building Safer Communities Fund, we are able to maximize the impact of the community safety and well-being efforts in Durham Region and work closely with community partners and residents to ensure Durham remains a place where everyone feels safe and has a sense of belonging.”

Read the full story at DurhamRadioNews.com here

Mom picking up child from daycare gets caught up in drive-by shooting near Fairview Mall

It was a frightening ordeal for a mother who police say was on her way to pick up her child from daycare, when her car was struck by bullets near Fairview Mall on Thursday afternoon.

Toronto police responded to the scene near Fairview Mall Drive and Sheppard Avenue East around 3:15 p.m. after receiving reports of shots fired in the area. The shooting did not take place at the mall.

The woman apparently saw the gunman in another car start to open fire. At this point, the child wasn’t picked up yet.

Police tell CityNews the bullets tore through the front passenger door of her vehicle and say the woman later found her car to be damaged by gunfire.

Investigators are not sure if the gunman who was in another car was aiming at her or aiming at someone else, and the woman’s vehicle just happened to be in the line of fire.

Read more at CityNews Toronto here

When legendary hunter Jim Shockey appeared before the Public Safety committee, Liberal MP Pam Damoff just couldn't help embarrassing herself. It's not the first time either, as you'll see in another clip of a discussion she had with another well-known anti-hunter, Alan Drummond, from gun control advocacy group The Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns.

Rod also discusses why liberal elites within the NDP, Bloc Quebecois, and Liberal party, hate what they don't understand, and why they've made it their mission to destroy what's left of the Canadian sport shooting and hunting community.

This clip is taken from CCFR Radio podcast Episode 137.

Watch on YouTube here

Save the date: the next National Range Day will be on June 3rd, 2023

Please start planning or speak to your club executive to ensure your club is ready (and willing) to host an event for National Range Day in 2023.

There has never been a more important time to introduce your friends, family, neighbours and co-workers to firearms ownership and use in Canada!

Commit to volunteering at your local event, or bringing someone who has not been shooting before. The long-term success of this annual celebration of the shooting sports is in your hands.

Listen to Episode 124 of our podcast for more info.


Please note that we are working on updating some of the promotional materials for 2023, and they will be available for all to use as soon as possible.


Find out more here

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