Week in Review - 07 Jun 2024 Archive


Friday, June 7, 2024


CCFR Radio EP 168: Rod’s Bear Hunt – Full Story, Gun in Sask Legislature? (New)

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: Full account of Rod’s bear hunt with Ashley Stuckless from High BC Hunting. MLA brings gun into Saskatchewan Legislature building? Quick summary of the CCFR AGM. All that and more!

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National Range Day 2024 a HUGE Success!

Last year, the Liberals and their pet anti gun groups made up “National Day Against Gun Violence” on the day directly before #NationalRangeDay.

Perhaps they were hoping they might derail or overshadow all the amazing work Canadian gun clubs and ranges do, across the country, to celebrate responsible and safe firearms ownership.

Well, it may have gotten a little attention last year with all the political antics going on, but this year, there wasn't so much as a peep from the government.

To boot, this year even more clubs and ranges participated than ever before!

Make sure to visit Tracey Wilson's Facebook page (and scroll down) to see all the great photos from different events across the country!


2024 CCFR Gunnie Girl Calendar: Ms. June

Taking a bright jump into summer, it’s already June in our 2024 CCFR Gunnie Girl calendar. Let’s say hello to our model and sponsor for this month!

Model/CCFR Member: Amy
Page Sponsor: Canuck Guns & O'Dell Engineering Ltd.

Photo credit: Baz Kanda

The CCFR Gunnie Girl calendar is our fundraiser that generates support for the CCFR Women’s Program each year. Those funds are used to sponsor women’s range days and other events across Canada.

DO YOU HAVE A LADIES DAY EVENT being planned for 2024? Would you like sponsorship for the event? Contact us at [email protected] for more information on what’s involved.

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Did you know that all the women featured in our calendar are CCFR members, ambassadors for their sport/industry, and represent Canadian women across our community? The model call for 2025 has closed but we will be posting for next year in the spring! Email [email protected] for more information!

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Gun owners will get a reprieve once the Conservatives are elected, Pierre Poilievre says.

Poilievre promised to reverse every law that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has implemented to attack legal gun owners.

Speaking at a news conference, Poilievre fielded a question from a concerned firearm owner about how his party planned to change the narrative around firearm ownership.

“We (will) just reverse everything that Trudeau has done,” said Poilievre.

Poilievre and the gun owner, Stacey, chatted about the vetting process that he had to get to acquire firearms legally.

“This is the least likely person to commit a crime with a gun. He’s already been vetted by the RCMP. He’s gone through vigorous training and his firearms are known to the government because he has licenses,” said Poilievre. “Trudeau wants to take away this guy’s firearms.”

He added that the expected cost of retrieving firearms from legal owners would cost billions. He ridiculed Trudeau for spending $42 million on a gun buyback program, yet failing to purchase a single firearm.

“His latest attempt is he’s trying to get the mailman, from Canada Post, to come to your house and pick up your guns and take them back to the government, which is absolutely insane,” said Poilievre...

Continue reading at True North

Liberals Claim They Had No Idea They Were Wasteful Hypocrites, CCFR President Quoted in House of Commons

OTTAWA — In the House of Commons, Conservatives Bob Zimmer and Blaine Calkins called out the waste and hypocrisy of the Trudeau government for paying $12 million to hire foreign hunters to hunt an invasive deer species from helicopter on Sidney Island in British Columbia.

Adding insult to injury, was new information that revealed the foreign hunters used semi-automatic CZ Bren 2 Ms rifles in .223 (a common calibre used by AR-15 platform rifles).

Additionally, foreigners were approved by government to use 30-round magazines and suppressors (both prohibited in Canada), while only managing to kill a total of 84 deer.

Some of which were even the wrong species.

Conservatives have continued to demand the federal government answer why they wouldn't hire Canadian hunters to do the work, since licensed hunters would have participated for free (or even paid to help), as they have in the past.

Liberal MP for Laurier—Sainte-Marie, Quebec, Steven Guilbeault, claimed the federal government had no knowledge of the Parks Canada program.

The exchange in the House came after a recent news article went viral featuring CCFR President Scott Carpenter.

Carpenter told the National Post there were dozens of different ways the federal government could have conducted the deer cull, and saved millions of dollars.

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Three Canadian Shooting Athletes To Make Olympic Debut At Paris 2024

TORONTO – The Shooting Federation of Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee have announced the roster of Team Canada shooting athletes nominated to compete at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The athletes are:

Michele Esercitato (Calgary, Alta.)
Tye Ikeda (Calgary, Alta.)
Shannon Westlake (Keswick, Ont.)

The athletes were selected for Team Canada after winning their respective team selection trials this past weekend. All three athletes will make their Olympic debut at Paris 2024.

Shannon Westlake earned Canada an Olympic quota in women’s 50m rifle 3 positions when she won the bronze medal at the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games. It was the first medal for the 38-year-old at a major Games, after placing in the top-20 at both the Lima 2019 and Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. Westlake credits her mental performance work and visualization techniques for helping her secure the medal and Olympic quota spot in Santiago, having had to make a crucial final shot under pressure. Paris 2024 will be the first time in 24 years that Canada has had an entry in women’s rifle at the Olympic Games.

“When I won the bronze medal in Santiago and secured Canada a Paris quota spot by shooting a perfect 10.9, it was extremely overwhelming – not only was I excited about my amazing performance; but I also felt the joy and honour of winning a quota spot for my event – an event that Canada had not obtained a quota spot in for over 20 years,” said Westlake.

“Then, when I won the Olympic trials last weekend, it was a rush of excitement, relief, and even surprise – it feels so surreal to be living my Olympic dream of winning the nomination to represent my country at the biggest sporting event in the world. It has been a very long climb to get to this point and I could not have done it alone. I have so many people who have supported and continue to support me throughout this journey. I am so grateful and honoured to be able to represent Canada this summer in Paris,” she added.

Tye Ikeda won the silver medal in men’s 50m rifle 3 positions at the 2024 Championships of the Americas, which qualified Canada a quota spot in the event. Ikeda competed in his first major Games at Santiago 2023 where he came close to the podium, finishing fourth. The 27-year-old, along with coach Dave Woolridge, were recipients of the Canadian Olympic Foundation’s 2023 Future Olympians Fund award.

“I am very fortunate to be competing for Team Canada in Paris at my first Olympic Games. The past few years of training have been incredibly valuable, and to see my Olympic dream come to reality feels surreal,” said Ikeda. “I could not have gotten to this point on my own and am thankful for the support I have received from so many, including the Future Olympians Fund program with the Canadian Olympic Foundation. The program saw my potential, brought me in, and became a factor in my success on my journey to the Olympics.”

Michele Esercitato began representing Canada internationally in 2023. The 22-year-old defeated Santiago 2023 gold medallist, Tugrul Ozer, in the 10m air pistol event at the Canadian team selection trials to earn his spot on the Canadian Olympic Team. The Italian-born University of Calgary student is thrilled to be making his major Games debut after having been an alternate for Santiago 2023.

Team Canada has won nine Olympic shooting medals, including four at London 1908. The most recent Canadian athlete to have won an Olympic shooting medal was Linda Thom, who won gold at Los Angeles 1984.

Shooting will take place July 27 to August 5 (Day 1 to 10) at the Chateauroux Shooting Centre.

‘’These three Team Canada shooters will make their Olympic debut, and get ready, their talent will resonate loud and clear. They have aimed right and overcome all obstacles to qualify for Paris 2024. Their focus is tangible, their precision undeniable, and these athletes have their goals clearly in sight,‘’ said Bruny Surin, Team Canada’s Paris 2024 Chef de Mission. ‘’I look forward to supporting them in this exciting environment and cheering them on with the rest of Canada at the shooting range.‘’

Team Canada’s shooting team for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games also includes the following coaches:

Lisa Borgerson (Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask.) – National Pistol Coach

Dave Woolridge (St. John’s, N.L.) – National Rifle Coach

Continue reading at Olympic.ca

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Canada Gun Ranges Plunge 36% Since Liberal 2020 Confiscation Order

TheGunBlog.ca — The number of shooting ranges in Canada has plunged by 36% since the Liberal Party-led administration ordered its mass gun confiscations of May 2020 against government-licensed firearm users.

Ranges Drop From 1,400 to 891

The country had 891 RCMP-approved ranges in March 2024 compared with “approximately 1,400” at the end of 2019, according to the Ottawa-based Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Why It Matters

  • To the best of our knowledge, this marks the first time the collapse in the number of target ranges has been made public.
  • Shooting clubs and ranges are at the heart of gun culture and community as hubs to discover the joys of shooting, develop knowledge and skill, and socialize with other gun users.
  • The slump is the newest data showing the Liberals, assisted by the RCMP, are partially succeeding in their campaign to suppress gun culture.

More Context

  • The Liberals have targeted their newest confiscations at the most-active gun users: Recreational and sport shooters firing semi-automatic rifles (May 2020) and handguns (October 2022).
  • The range decline risks leading to a vicious circle: Fewer opportunities to shoot leads to less interest in shooting.
  • Despite the shutdowns of gun ranges, gun shops, and gun media, many firearm users downplay the Liberal+RCMP attacks and continue to vote Liberal.
  • The crackdowns may not be the only reason why range closures are accelerating after a decade of stability. Other factors may include: Covid-19, rising expenses, aging members

Opposing Context

  • Even as some ranges close, others have long waiting lists of prospective members wanting to join.
  • The number of licensed gun users rose to a record of 2.3 million at the end of 2023.
  • The Liberal+RCMP crackdowns face massive and growing opposition from institutions and individuals across Canada...


Note: Firearms Homicide expert Tim Thurley commented on the article saying,

"This is a massive decline for such a short period.

I said in my Senate testimony that Liberal policies would shutter ranges over time, creating significant knock-on effects. Those words were dismissed, but we have hard evidence that it's happening.

The cause is likely multifactorial; the closures coincide with COVID as well as new policies effectively banning most restricted firearms either immediately or over time. I would also be interested to see if there is also some consolidation of membership around a smaller number of growing ranges.

Even so, extensive range closures will impact more than restricted firearm sport shooters. They will impact police, ATC holders, irregular range users such as hunters, and even military units such as Rangers and Cadets. This is a concerning development for Canada."

Continue reading at The Gun Blog

Officer Explains Why Handguns Are Essential When Encountering Potentially Armed Criminals

On June 5, 2024, at approximately 12:40 a.m., the Winnipeg Police Service received information through the RCMP Telecoms regarding a Black Ford 350 reported stolen from a rural Manitoba municipality southwest of Winnipeg. Information was also provided that the vehicle, occupied by several potentially armed individuals involved in prior criminal activity, was making its way to Winnipeg.

At approximately 12:50 a.m., a West District General Patrol Unit observed the stolen vehicle near Ness Avenue and Linwood Street. Officers immediately requested assistance from the Flight Operations Unit (Air 1), which quickly acquired the stolen vehicle and provided visual containment information on the vehicle and its occupants.

A lengthy follow ensued, lasting approximately one hour, with Air1 guiding our officers to a parking lot on College Crescent in Otterburne, Manitoba. As our unit entered the parking lot, their cruiser was rammed by the stolen vehicle. Officers immediately engaged the suspects, resulting in a use of force incident involving the officers discharging their firearms. The suspects fled the parking lot.

Air1 continued to contain the vehicle visually and followed it to a parking lot on Drovers Run in Niverville, MB. Air1 observed the driver exit the stolen vehicle, enter another vehicle, and flee the area. An adult female passenger attempted to flee on foot; however, responding RCMP officers quickly placed her under arrest.

WPS officers attended the abandoned stolen truck and located an adult male passenger suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers provided emergency medical care to the victim before the arrival of ambulance; however, he succumbed to his injuries.

Continue reading at Winnipeg.ca

BOLO: Violent Offender Released in Edmonton

Edmonton police are warning residents about the release of a man they believe poses a threat to the community.

Nooradin Farah, a convicted violent offender, was released from jail on Thursday.

He will be living in Edmonton and police said there are "reasonable grounds to believe he will commit another violent offence."

"Of his multiple victims, some have been strangers and some have been persons known to him," police said in a press release. "His crimes have resulted in physical harm or death to his victims."

The EPS behavioural assessment unit has applied for a peace bond to be able to better supervise Farah.

Anyone with any information about any criminal offenses committed by Farah can contact police at 780-423-4567.

Continue reading at CTV News

Rod and Tracey discuss how the Liberal government, who promised Canadians they'd be the 'Most Transparent Government Ever,' has worked to become the most hypocritical and corrupt government in Canadian history.

Note: Since this episode aired on May 21, 2024, the 2022 Commissioner of Firearms Report was finally released. You can view it here.

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Selective Memory for Border Officials: NDP Suddenly Remembers Where Illegal Firearms Come From

MP for Edmonton Strathcona Heather McPherson stood in the house yesterday advocating for CBSA employees who are threatening to strike as of 4pm EDT today.

She told members "Border workers keep Canadians safe. They're critical to keeping illegal firearms out of the country and protecting our border, but when it comes to their pensions, CBSA workers aren't treated like other public safety officials. CBSA employees are relying on the minister [Liberal MP and President of the Treasury Board, Anita Anand] to keep her promise, and give fair retirement benefits."

At the CCFR, we certainly support the work of CBSA employees.

We also agree with McPherson (in this case) that CBSA staff play an integral role in intercepting illegal firearms (among other illicit materials and contraband).

Our question is, why did the NDP ignore warnings from CBSA Union President Mark Weber and vote in favour of Liberal legislation that spent millions attacking licensed firearm owners, rather then joining Conservatives and pushing back for more funding and resources for CBSA employees?

The NDP seems to have selective memory don't you think?

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Continue reading at Global News

Ridiculous: Woke Liberal MP Says Phrase “Thank You For The Ammo,” is ‘Violent Language’

After Liberals came under fire by attempting to dodge Conservative Dane Lloyd's questions regarding the ‘Other Randy’ scandal, one opposition MP was overheard heckling, "Thank you for the ammo!"

In context, the remark was quite obviously jesting that Liberal House Leader Steven MacKinnon, who was also guilty of taunting Conservatives during Question Period, had mistakenly given Conservatives more useful ‘online ammunition,’ also known as soundbites, or video clips, for use on social media.

Watch as one Liberal MP, Minister of Indigenous Services Patty Hajdu, chose to take her parties antics (and the context) to a whole new level, where even Speaker Greg Fergus had to disagree.

It's hard to believe that our tax dollars are paying for this.

Read more about the ‘Other Randy’ scandal involving the Liberal Minister of Employment, Randy Boissonnault here.

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Defamation Directed at The CCFR... By a Lawyer!?

If you're on X (formerly Twitter) and follow Rod, Tracey, or the CCFR's feed, you may have caught this story when it happened.

This week, a Vancouver lawyer decided it would be fun to throw a little defamation toward Tracey Wilson from a personal account.

When the CCFR's legal counsel Michael Loberg saw what was going on, things went from 0 to 100 real quick! As we've always said, you don't have to like us, but you can't lie about us.

Rod and Tracey talk about it.

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Alaskan Authorities Intercept Canadians Allegedly Carrying Drugs, Firearms Into U.S. By Boat

Alaskan officials say they are investigating after four Canadians crossed illegally into the United States with narcotics, wild game and firearms.

Alaska State Troopers learned on May 31 that an alleged drug dealer implicated in an overdose in Old Crow, Yukon, was headed to Fort Yukon, Alaska, by boat, according to a news release issued by the Alaska Department of Public Safety.

A village public safety officer (VPSO) in Fort Yukon contacted the boat while state troopers applied for a search warrant for the boat and its passengers, officials said in the release.

The individuals on board were all Canadian citizens, aged 41, 50, 27 and 24, they said.

Officers say they also found drug paraphernalia, three dead black ducks, a small quantity of narcotics and two illegal firearms with assorted ammunition.

Officers investigating possible human smuggling

They believe one of the passengers disposed of suspected narcotics in the river prior to their encounter with the officers, they added.

Officials seized the boat and stored it in Fort Yukon until the Fairbanks Rural Unit and Areawide Narcotics Team could search it.

They interviewed the passengers and discovered that two of them had illegally transported the dead ducks into the U.S.

Two passengers were also illegal aliens in possession of firearms.

Several federal and state authorities, including Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Homeland Security Investigations, and Fairbanks Areawide Narcotics Team (FANT), are all investigating the passengers on multiple different charges, according to the news release, including human smuggling.

Continue reading at CBC News

ANDERSON, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - An Upstate man who helped run an international gun trafficking operation has been sentenced to federal prison.

Reuben Dunn of Anderson was arrested in 2021 along with Marlon Bruff of Fairburn, Georgia and Ramaro Higgins of Los Angeles, California.

The Duncan Police Department pulled over a Sprinter van on I-85 in June 2021. Inside, they found suitcases full of pistols, including 39 with obliterated serial numbers, and marijuana in hidden compartments. In total, 73 pistols were seized.

The driver told police she was transporting personal protective equipment for APA Logistics, a company Bruff owned and used as a front for criminal activities.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) launched a multi-year investigation into the operation. They said Bruff, Higgins and Dunn were buying guns in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, and smuggling them across the border into Canada.

Some of the smuggled guns were linked to violent crimes.

Members of the operation also bought marijuana in Canada and sold it in the U.S., using the money to purchase more guns. Dunn acquired guns and the smugglers would pick them up from his house in Anderson...

Continue reading at Fox Carolina

Hunter Biden Gun Trial: Key Takeaways From The First Week

Federal prosecutors rested their case against Hunter Biden on Friday morning after days of testimony that revealed deeply personal and grim details about his struggles with drug addiction.

Hunter Biden, the only surviving son of Joe Biden, faces three felony charges tied to a 2018 firearm purchase while using narcotics. He is accused of making false statements on a gun-purchase form when he said he was not illegally using or addicted to drugs, and then unlawfully possessing the gun for 11 days.

Hunter Biden has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he could face up to 25 years in prison, though such a sentence would be highly unusual given that he would be a first-time offender. It is unclear whether the presiding judge, Maryellen Noreika, would give him time behind bars. Hunter Biden also faces a separate federal trial in California on charges of failing to pay $1.4m in taxes.

Continue reading on The Guardian


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