Week in Review - 05 May 2023 Archive

The CCFR Week in Review

CCFR Radio – Ep 142: Libs Think Gun Owners Are Stupid, CCFR v Canada Trial Over, CSAAA & the Buyback

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: New Liberal amendments to Bill C-21! Now they’ll wait a while to ban your guns instead of doing it now, nice. Firearm industry group signs deal with the Liberals. Debrief on our court dates for CCFR v Canada. Kristina Michaud from the Bloc engaging in galactic buffoonery. All that and more this week!

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2023 CCFR Annual General Meeting Weekend

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2023 CCFR Director Elections

It's that time of year again!

Each year we hold elections for half our provincial director positions. These are volunteer positions, and each term is two years unless otherwise indicated. Things are improving this year so we'll be holding our 2023 CCFR AGM in person for the first time in 3 years and hope many of you will join us. The new slate of Directors will be announced at the AGM, published on our website and submitted to Industry Canada. The CCFR is a registered, federal not for profit organization.

To run for the office of Director for the CCFR, you must:

  • have been a member of the CCFR in good standing at the AGM and prior to January 1, 2023
  • have power under Canadian law to sign legally binding contracts and documents
  • not have a criminal record for which you have not received a pardon from
  • be a resident of the province you are nominated in
  • not be in a state of personal bankruptcy
  • be nominated by 2 other CCFR members in your province who personally know you
  • nomination forms must be received by mail or via email by May 15, 2023 at 18:00EST

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Liberals reload on ‘assault-style’ firearm ban

Earlier this week, the Liberal government proposed new amendments to controversial firearms legislation Bill C-21. The move follows the Liberals’ withdrawal of similar amendments in February, which aimed to specify various models that would be covered under an ‘assault-style’ firearm ban.

The new proposal would involve delegating firearms classification to a committee, rather than implementing a ban on specific models.

Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights executive director Rod Giltaca joined True North’s Andrew Lawton to discuss the proposed amendments, which have been criticized by gun rights advocates for not adequately protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

Watch the interview at True North here

The Liberals are right back to banning guns again

Only three months after retreating from a sweeping gun ban that received blanket condemnation from outfitters and Indigenous groups, the Liberals are back with another plan to criminalize vast categories of Canadian long guns.

On Monday, the Liberals introduced some revised amendments to their C-21 gun control bill that will still ban a broad swath of rifles and shotguns currently in use as hunting arms, but with one twist: It’s a “forward-looking” ban, meaning it will only apply to guns manufactured after the legislation becomes law.

Any guns currently in private hands — or on store shelves — are exempt.

Nevertheless, even these new changes still leave open the possibility that the feds could greenlight the prohibition and seizure of firearms that are currently in legal use.

A Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee will also be established that would be given the singular task of finding new guns to ban.

“There are firearms on the existing market that do not belong in our communities,” reads a backgrounder on the Committee. The statement promises that Committee would be given a “diverse” membership, and then tasked with forwarding recommendations to the Trudeau government on which firearms “do not belong.”

As Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said in a Monday announcement, “guided by the committee’s recommendation, we will increase the classification of firearms or ban them through an order-in-council.”

Read more at National Post here

Opinion: Mass Casualty recommendations wouldn't have stopped N.S. massacre, and won't stop others

The government has renewed its push on Bill C-21, drawing on recommendations in the report by the Mass Casualty Commission (MCC), which had been tasked with investigating the causes of the 2020 mass killing in Nova Scotia. Yet if the commission was aiming to prevent another mass killing, it missed the target.

One recommended measure was identical to the proposed Liberal amendments banning semi-automatic firearms that were added without consultation into Bill C-21 and then removed following widespread opposition, only to be re-added in a slightly altered form earlier this week. Others include limiting the amount and type of ammunition an individual can purchase and store.

These proposed recommendations suffer from the same problems as the rest of the government’s post-2019 firearms policies: they are aimed at the wrong people, ignore Canadian research and would be almost impossible to implement in the Canadian context.

While loose laws in the United States make guns the weapon of choice for mass killers, the picture is more complicated in Canada, where tight gun-control laws have existed since the 1990s. Indeed, the three deadliest Canadian mass killings in the past three decades did not involve licensed gun owners. Two of the three involved knives and motor vehicles — not guns.

While tragic, mass shootings in Canada are so vanishingly rare, their frequency is actually marginally lower than non-firearm mass homicide rates. The strict vetting process that Canadian gun owners go through to enjoy the privilege of firearms ownership makes them less likely than the general population to commit murder.

Reducing mass homicide is an important goal, yet bans on particular firearm types are unlikely to help achieve it. Recent reviews of the academic literature on “assault weapon” bans have demonstrated a serious lack of evidence for their effectiveness.

The commission’s recommendations are out of touch with the Canadian context. Canada has a long history of safe, legal, regulated gun ownership. It is also a massive country that shares the world’s longest undefended border with a nation that has more guns than people. The Nova Scotia shooter used illegally smuggled firearms. This is a pattern.

Read more at National Post here

This is an excellent article and we highly recommend that you read it in full.

LILLEY: Three years after Trudeau's gun ban, nothing has changed

It was three years ago that Justin Trudeau announced he was keeping Canadians safe by banning “military-grade assault weapons” for civilians. Strangely, three years after that promise, those guns he deemed too dangerous for civilian ownership are still sitting in the basements and gun safes of your neighbours.

We are no closer to the government launching the “buyback” they promised at the time, and that likely suits Trudeau. He’s not interested in public safety; he’s interested in using guns as a political weapon to win elections.

That may sound harsh but consider the facts. Whenever the Trudeau Liberals are in trouble, whenever they want good headlines, gun control is one of the issues they return to.

They may make announcements, they make promises, they hold photo-ops, and they accomplish precious little.

Read more at Toronto Sun here

The Alberta Roundup | Standing up for law-abiding gun owners

This week on the Alberta Roundup with Rachel Emmanuel, Rachel catches up with the Canadian Coalition for Firearms Rights spokesperson Tracey Wilson for an update on their legal challenge of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s order in council which banned over 1,500 models of firearms.

Wilson gives an update on the case and reveals whether she thinks the federal court will rule in favour of the CCFR.

Watch at True North here

Liberals put forward new amendments to gun legislation following initial backlash

During his press conference, Mendocino was asked about gun control advocates' claims that the government had watered down the original amendments.

"I get that this is a very difficult and emotional subject matter," he said. "But this is a strong, strong package [of reforms] and we will save lives with it."

Some gun owners aren't happy with the new amendments either. Rod Giltaca, head of the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights, said the changes still unfairly target law-abiding gun owners.

"We all want a safer Canada," Giltaca said. "But you don't go after everyone who hasn't done a thing to deserve it as part of a plan like that."

The government is also establishing an advisory committee to provide independent advice for potential future gun regulations.

But both Rathjen and Provost said similar committees haven't worked in the past.

"That is a cop-out," Rathjen said. "We know that these committees can be micromanaged to do exactly what the government wants."

Giltaca said he's open to the idea of an advisory committee but it would depend on who's on it. He said his group would be open to participating.

"We've been open and welcoming to any kind of collaboration," he said. "I would hope that all sides can come together. We can all work together for a safer Canada."

Read more at CBC News here

Ottawa’s proposed assault weapon ban applies only to new firearms (until CFAC gets involved)

The federal government’s newly proposed ban on assault-style weapons won’t have any impact on guns that are currently legal in Canada, prompting accusations that the Liberals have broken another election promise and betrayed the country’s most prominent gun-control group.

The revised plans from the minority government, released Monday, have the support of both the NDP and Bloc Québécois.

In February, the government ditched its first attempt to ban assault-style weapons after widespread criticism that it was overly broad and targeted hunters. Its new proposal will only apply to guns that are designed and manufactured after the new law takes effect. Additionally, the government is dropping the planned prohibition of 482 more firearms that Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino last year said are weapons that “have no place in our communities.”

That means the Simonov SKS will remain legal in Canada. The gun is popular for hunting but has also become notorious in crimes, including the killing of two Ontario police officers in October. The SKS became a key focus for critics of last year’s failed attempt to ban assault-style weapons.

Tracey Wilson with the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights called the new amendments a “retreat of sorts.” The group still decried the government’s policy, saying it is about winning votes rather than securing public safety.

Late on Monday, Mr. Mendicino described the government’s newly proposed law as “an historic step” but also one that “acknowledges the realities of our current situation.”

Read more at The Globe and Mail here

Get ready for National Range Day on June 3rd, 2023!

Is your club hosting an event for National Range Day in 2023? You can register the event on the National Range Day website to help those in your area find your event!

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.


Canada, U.S. to share more data in fight against cross-border gun smuggling, opioids

OTTAWA - Canada and the United States have agreed to share more information about the smuggling of guns and drugs across their shared border.

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said Ottawa has signed four new or updated agreements with Washington that allow the RCMP and Canada Border Services Agency to exchange more data with partners south of the border.

“It means more joint investigations into gun smuggling and trafficking. It means even more exchanging of intelligence and information between our law enforcement agencies,” Mendicino told reporters Friday afternoon in Ottawa.

He said the agreements under a rebooted Canada-U. S. Cross-Border Crime Forum will allow more information-sharing with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, such as on the role of cryptocurrency in money laundering.

Mendicino made the announcement alongside Justice Minister David Lametti and their American counterparts, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Attorney General Merrick Garland.

The agreements also aim to help stem the flow of opioids such as fentanyl, with Garland saying they will track the ingredients used to create the deadly drug and the flow of its components from China.

A joint statement commits both countries to “build a global coalition against synthetic drugs” that can help counter transnational organized crime and to identify and target shippers and receivers of firearms.

Mendicino said the four agreements “will allow us to leverage new technology that has recently emerged that will allow us to go after ghost guns in particular,” referring to untracked, privately manufactured firearms used by gangs.

Read more at CP24 here

Winnipeg police make large 3D-printed gun bust, 18-year-old charged

An 18-year-old in Winnipeg has been arrested after 3D-printed gun parts were intercepted at the border coming from the United States and China.

Insp. Elton Hall said the parts were found in January and were disguised as tools and machinery equipment. The parts are used to complete 3D-printed guns.

Investigators determined the shipments were going to a Winnipeg address.

Hall said the Firearms Investigation and Enforcement Unit (FIEU) determined someone at this Winnipeg address was manufacturing and distributing the 3D-printed guns.

On March 31, FIEU executed a search warrant in the 300 block of Boyd Avenue and were able to find multiple 3D-printed guns being built.

Police said they found 20 3D-printed Glock-style lower receivers, a 3D-printed AR-15 style gun that was made to look like a Nerf child's toy, around 100 switches to convert handguns into fully automatic machine guns, three 3D-printed magazines, one 3D-printed drum magazine, numerous loose gun parts like triggers and firing pins, a Type-81 rifle as well as a magazine for it, ammunition, and two handgun magazines, including one that was loaded with 9 mm ammunition.

Read more at CTV News here

U.S. man sentenced for smuggling firearms at Pacific Highway crossing

A U.S. man was sentenced to 30 months in prison after trying to smuggle in firearms through the border.

Jonathan Ressler was trying to enter Canada at the Pacific Highway border crossing in South Surrey on March 19 when he was referred to secondary inspection, said the Canada Border Services Agency.

Officers searched his vehicle and found two loaded pistols — one a restricted firearm, and the other a prohibited weapon — and four prohibited magazines.

Ressler was arrested and charged with smuggling and possession of the firearms and prohibited magazines.

He pleaded guilty on April 26 and was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

Read more at Canada.com here



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