Week in Review – 10 Feb 2023 Archive

The CCFR Week in Review

CCFR Radio – Ep 136: Liberal Amendments Defeated!! - Thanks to the NDP (just ask them), and Much More! 

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In this episode: The Liberal amendments to Bill C-21 (G4 & G46) banning hunting rifles has been withdrawn, as a result of all of you stepping up! But yet, the NDP claims credit for it all! You won’t believe your eyes. Liberals vote against bail reform, keeping the violence rolling for Canadians.


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Liberals ‘didn’t quite get it right’ on C-21 firearms amendment: minister

The federal government “didn’t quite get it right” when it brought forward a controversial amendment to its proposed firearms legislation, Justice Minister David Lametti says.

“We didn’t quite get it right,” Lametti said, speaking in an interview with The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson, aired Sunday. “It had a little too much reach.”

“It was never our intention to go after hunting rifles. It was always our intention to go after handguns and assault rifles,” Lametti told Stephenson.

“We heard a number of important voices in the community, particularly PolySeSouvient, who wanted a definition, an evergreen definition, and so we tried it. We didn’t quite get it right.”

Read more at Global News here

Matt Gurney: Memo to David Lametti. You didn't 'get it right' because it's impossible

After his government's sudden decision to pull its controversial rifle-banning amendments from an unrelated handgun-"freezing" bill last week, Attorney General and Justice Minister David Lametti did the media circuit on Sunday, conceding that his government screwed up.

His language was kinder than that, as you'd expect. "We didn’t quite get it right," is how he put it to Mercedes Stephenson of Global News. What his government spent weeks defending "had a little too much reach," he now grants.

Well, gosh. I guess that's what happens when you decide to ram what would amount to the most dramatic change to Canadian gun-control legislation in a generation into a largely unrelated bill inappropriately late into the legislative process, and then react to all criticism of what you're proposing by angrily accusing the critics of spreading misinformation. Hard to imagine where the Liberals might have gone wrong on this one!

The good news: no one could have gotten it right!

The bad news: because what the Liberals are trying to do is impossible.

The worse news: it's impossible entirely because your government has created such a mess of things, all in pursuit of political advantage, that, in a delightful irony, you have utterly boxed yourselves in, and must now pick your poison and drink deeply of it. Lametti’s appearance on Global is what being hoisted by your own petard looks like in Canadian politics, circa 2023, and it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving bunch.

Weird absurdities have been part of the system from the outset. The reason for these absurdities was always political. Back in the 1990s, the Liberals, under then-prime minister Jean Chrétien, realized that the categories above would result in certain kinds of rifle (including the AR-15) being classified as non-restricted, and subject to the least onerous controls. Unhappy with the optics of that, and other similar examples, they wrote in exceptions to the way some firearms are categorized. A firearm would be categorized by its technical specifications unless the government specifically ordered it classified as something else, is probably the easiest way to summarize a complicated policy.

Using the AR-15 again, according to the “evergreen” technical definitions we settled on in the 1990s, that’s a non-restricted gun. To avoid awkward political questions, the then-Liberals deemed it a “restricted” firearm, and therefore subject to tighter controls.

Read more at The Line here

Further action needed to combat unpopular Liberal gun laws, says Alberta minister

Alberta Justice Minister Tyler Shandro says the Liberal government is still intent on banning shotguns and rifles. 

Early [last] Friday morning, Liberals on the House of Commons Public Safety committee withdrew a controversial amendment to Bill C-21, which would ban numerous models of rifles and shotguns, including those primarily used by hunters, farmers, and sport shooters. 

Shandro said firearms owners across Canada “breathed a sigh of relief” when the announcement became public — until a statement from Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino “made it clear” that the decision to remove the amendments “was merely a pause in their campaign.”

“It is becoming increasingly clear that further action will need to be taken to respond to the federal government’s hostility towards hunters, farmers, sport shooters and Indigenous Peoples,” Shandro said in a statement.

Read more at True North 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

Yukon, N.W.T. Liberal MPs say federal climbdown on firearms bill was 'the right thing to do'

Yukon Liberal MP Brendan Hanley and N.W.T. Liberal MP Michael McLeod say they're happy the federal government has backed down on proposed amendments to a firearms bill that would have banned some rifles commonly used for hunting.

Last week, the federal government announced it was withdrawing the amendments. In interviews with CBC on Monday, the two MPs — both of whom are members of the Liberal Party — each claimed a role in that decision.

"I think that the fact that [Public Safety Minister Marco] Mendicino came to the Yukon, I think that really made a difference — in addition to other comments, of course, but the fact that he could come and hear directly from people, I think, really started to make an impact," Hanley said.

"I think this was the right thing to do."

McLeod said he brought his concerns to the minister's office about the bill.

"I was pretty clear with him. I said, 'Look, my vote is not automatic — there's too many concerns here,'" McLeod said. "Having safer communities is one thing, but the process of getting there is also important."

Read more at CBC News 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.



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