Week in Review – 10 Mar 2023 Archive

The CCFR Week in Review

CCFR Radio – Ep 138: Another Disaster at SECU, Are the Libs Done? More AGM Details Released

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: Yet another Public Safety Committee (SECU) meeting goes sideways, MP Pam Damoff shoots herself in the foot (metaphorically speaking) , Alberta creates their own Firearms Act, more details about the CCFR’s massive Annual General Meeting. Election interference, could this be the end of the Liberals?

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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.

Alberta Firearms Act introduced

Once passed, the Alberta Firearms Act will strengthen Alberta’s ability to regulate, administer, and advocate on behalf of firearms owners.

The act will clarify the role of the Chief Firearms Officer (CFO) within provincial legislation to provide the CFO with a stronger, clearer role and require the CFO to issue an annual report in order to enhance public accountability.

Bill 8, the Alberta Firearms Act will:

  • enable Alberta to protect its areas of responsibility over firearms through regulations to help preserve confidence in the integrity of the firearms control program. This could include:
    • limiting municipalities and municipal police services from entering into firearms-related funding agreements with the federal government
    • allowing Alberta to create regulations regarding which individuals or organizations can participate in the seizure and confiscation of firearms
    • creating regulations to establish Alberta’s expectations for fair treatment of firearms owners regarding compensation for confiscated firearms, and the safety and integrity of any program that involves handling large numbers of firearms
  • put in legislation the Alberta Chief Firearms Office’s role in administering the federal Firearms Act and expand the role to include engaging with and advocating for Alberta’s firearms community, while allowing for further definitions of the office’s role through regulations
  • require annual reports from the Chief Firearms Office to show accountability and raise awareness of the office’s work

Read more at Alberta.ca here

Read the full Bill here

The Andrew Lawton Show: Alberta says no to Justin Trudeau’s gun grab

The Alberta government has tabled a provincial firearms bill that will allow the province to decide how federal firearms laws are administered within Alberta. The bill could block municipal police agencies from confiscating firearms like those the government has recently prohibited.

Alberta Chief Firearms Officer Teri Bryant joins The Andrew Lawton Show live to explain how the Alberta Firearms Act will work.

Watch on YouTube here

SECU Meeting 59 – March 7th, 2023

Canadians are getting angry with the federal Liberal government that is deliberately turning a blind eye to the millions of Canadians directly affected by Bill C-21.

Pay close attention to the exchanges between Canadian Olympian Linda Kiejko, Chief Jessica Lazare of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake, and Liberal MP Pam Damoff.

We have included an index as always, for ease of access to the various part of the meeting.

Watch on our YouTube channel here

SECU Meeting 60 took place this morning, and we will upload the fully indexed video with highlights tomorrow (Saturday Mar 11)

2 Quebec men facing firearms trafficking charges after RCMP seize massive arsenal

Two Montreal-area men are facing several charges in connection with the alleged trafficking of firearms.

In a news release on Thursday, the RCMP said Joshua and Jordan Madden, aged 31 and 29, of Vaudreuil-Dorion “face seven charges related to possession, storage, trafficking and transfer of firearms.”

Police say packages intercepted by the Canada Border Services Agency prompted an investigation in November 2022.

In collaboration with Canada Post, the RCMP says it was able to identify a pattern of what it described as “suspicious activity” with regard to packages addressed to the two men, from military equipment and firearms stores.

The RCMP alleges the Maddens sourced weapons internationally from various online platforms, including legitimate companies and illegal sellers.

A raid on a residence in Vaudreuil-Dorion on Nov. 30, 2022 by police and the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team led to a massive seizure of firearms.

The RCMP said police discovered 37 firearms, weapon parts and military accessories, more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition and around 200 high-capacity magazines.

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

Visa, Mastercard Suspend Plans To Track Gun Purchases After Blowback (USA)

Visa and Mastercard paused plans to track gun and ammunition purchases after receiving blowback to the plan from gun rights advocates and supporters.

The payment processors announced last year that they would adopt the International Organization for Standardization’s new merchant category code that could be used to better track gun and ammunition purchases from gun stores. The move riled gun rights supporters and provoked Republican lawmakers and attorneys general to take action against the payment processors.

Visa, the world’s largest payment processor, and Mastercard are now pausing adoption of the new code after the stiff opposition and in the face of several states moving forward with legislation that would block such tracking, according to Bloomberg.

“There are bills advancing in several states related to the use of this new code. If passed, the result will be an inconsistency in how this ISO standard could be applied by merchants, issuers, acquirers and networks,” a spokesman for Visa told Bloomberg. “It’s for that reason that we have decided to pause work on the implementation of the firearms-specific MCC.”

Read more at The Daily Wire 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.


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