The CCFR Week in Review
CCFR Radio – Ep 142: Libs Think Gun Owners Are Stupid, CCFR v Canada Trial Over, CSAAA & the Buyback (latest episode)
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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 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
THE NOMINATION DEADLINE IS THIS COMING MONDAY
Easier revocation of gun licences rammed through by Liberals called 'concerning'
OTTAWA — As the Liberals’ controversial gun control bill saw itself forced out of committee early Friday morning, observers say the government’s attempt to hurry the nearly year-old bill into law leaves behind too many concerning issues.
Firearms policy specialist Tim Thurley expressed concern over the government’s application of time allocation rules that curtailed debate in favour of moving passage along.
“The federal government said they would ‘take the time to get it right,’ and took weeks to present a huge, brand-new amendment package that dramatically changes aspects of the bill,” he told National Post.
“They then limited time to study it and forced MPs into a condensed series of meetings, limiting time for reflection.”
One concern is how the bill expands licence revocation, specifically concerning so-called “red flag” laws, which would allow anyone to file an emergency weapons prohibition order in court against those who may pose a danger to themselves, or potentially provide firearms to somebody already under prohibition.
Lawyer and legal commentary YouTuber Ian Runkle said that since these red flag hearings are performed ex parte — without the subject of the seizure order in court — it opens the door to being used by abusers to further bully or intimidate their victims.
“So that order might be sought on complete lies or false information — and it still goes into effect before the other person has a chance to respond to it,” he said.
“That includes a police raid because the police are directed to seize that person’s guns and search their property.”
This, he says, has the very real potential of being used by those looking to settle scores.
“That’s concerning if you’ve got any sort of public presence, but also if you have a vindictive ex,” he said.
Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights Spokesperson Tracey Wilson described the marathon committee session as an example of how the Liberals treat public safety in Canada.
“Sloppy, rushed and theatrical,” she said.
“After a year of Liberal delays, tabled amendments, withdrawn amendments, study of withdrawn amendments and an absent minister, Canadian democracy paid the price.”
She said Thursday night’s meeting was little more than “beat-the-clock” speed voting without any provisions for debate.
“Whatever side of the debate you’re on, this should concern everyone,” she said.
“Instead, Canadians are left with the inevitable end of organized sport shooting and the death of our legacy as a competitor on the international stage.”
Chronology of events for Bill C-21 this week
As of very early this morning, a marathon SECU meeting 67 wrapped up, all debate was ended, and all amendments to C-21 were voted on (many without any debate or discussion). The bill will now be sent back to the House of Commons for Report Stage and Third Reading.
The First Reading of this bill was nearly a year ago, and there was the disastrous first attempt at an 'assault-style weapon' ban over the winter.
So how did the bill go from stagnant meetings about the 'effects of the withdrawn amendments G-4 and G-46' to the amended bill leaving SECU committee and heading back to the House of Commons in a single week?
Allow us to explain.
It started with the Liberals giving notice on Saturday May 6th of a motion to dispose of C-21 the following Monday (May 8th). If passed by a house closure vote, the motion would force SECU to wrap up their consideration of the bill, including the full clause-by-clause analysis and debate of all proposed amendments in no more than two further meetings from 3:30pm to midnight (EDT). The house order would also limit debate to 20 minutes for any clause or amendment, and further limit debate to only 5 minutes per party.
As if that were not bad enough, the closure motion also proposed that at the end of the second and final SECU meeting, any amendments that had not been debated and voted on by 11:59pm EDT would be deemed to have been moved, and would then be voted on without any reading, debate, or consideration.
On Monday, in response to this Liberal closure motion, Conservative MP Raquel Dancho stood in the house and gave an amazing defence of licenced gun owners who enjoy hunting, sport shooting and protecting life with their firearms in Canada. You can watch her speech below:
Thanks to Ms. Dancho's speech, the vote on this motion was not able to proceed until Tuesday May 9th. You can see how the house vote on this motion progressed in the following video:
The motion was carried (passed). You can see the full vote record here.
Here's how the vote went by party:
- Yea: 147
- Nay: 0
- Yea: 25
- Nay: 0
- Yea: 1 (Han Dong - Resigned from Liberals due to scandal)
- Nay: 2
- Yea: 0
- Nay: 112
- Yea: 0
- Nay: 30 (*Don't let this fool you, these people are not friends of gun owners, read on)
- Yea: 0
- Nay: 2
- Yeas: 173 (Liberals, NDP, 'Independent')
- Neas: 146 (Conservatives, Bloc Quebecois, Greens, Ind.)
We put together a video exposé of the NDP members who, contrary to their publicly stated concerns and opposition to certain aspects of C-21 which puts hunting and indigenous rights in jeopardy, voted to end debate and ram the bill through to the Senate:
The same day (during the house vote actually), SECU meeting 65 was underway going through amendments at a normal pace without having the severe time restraint on debate:
Because the closure motion passed, the two final SECU meetings to 'debate' and vote on amendments were rapidly scheduled and took place on Wednesday May 10th from 3:54pm to midnight (EDT), and Thursday May 11th from 4:37pm to 24 minutes after midnight this morning (EDT).
Due to the extremely long length of these meetings, we have not been able to publish copies of the videos yet, but you can watch them on ParlVu here:
Perhaps the most note-worthy segment of meeting 67 was when an NDP proposed amendment (by MP Alistair MacGregor) was moved to allow for an exemption to the handgun freeze for IPSC, similar to the only existing exemption for Olympic sport shooters (a tiny number of Canadians in comparison). You can watch the debate, unexpected comments from a Liberal participant, and the vote below:
The amendment, which would have been the most substantial positive change to Bill C-21 for sport shooters, was defeated after Liberal MP Kody Blois spoke in favour of IPSC competition, but ultimately abstained from voting, leaving the door open for his Liberal colleagues, and the sole *Bloc Quebecois SECU member Kristina Michaud to slam it shut.
To be clear, IPSC would have been saved in Canada if not for this act of betrayal of the constituents Mr. Blois supposedly serves. This blame is shared equally by the Bloc Quebecois who despite very compelling and reasonable points in support of IPSC by NDP MP Peter Julian, flat out refused to allow IPSC to continue in Canada by voting against this amendment.
One very compelling point made by Peter Julian was that other commonwealth countries which have full handgun bans (as opposed to Canada's handgun 'freeze'), still have exemptions for IPSC competitors.
Apparently Canadian Liberals and the Bloc Quebecois are less reasonable than even their commonwealth counterparts. Remember this at the next election.
The vote on this amendment was as follows:
- Yea: 0
- Nay: 4
- Abstain: 1 (Kody Blois)
- Yea: 0
- Nay: 1 (Kristina Michaud)
- Yea: 1 (Peter Julian)
- Nay: 0
- Yea: 4
- Nay: 0
At a tie vote of 5 to 5, the Liberal chair of the committee, Ron McKinnon, put the final nail in the coffin when he sided with his party to break the tie. The amendment was defeated at a final vote of 6 against and 5 in favour.
C-21 will now go back to the House of Commons, and after Third Reading will be sent to the Senate.
Please contact all Senators and urge them to reject C-21 in its current form. The Senate is our last hope of stopping this garbage bill from becoming Canadian law.
This is a great tool that you can use to contact officials:
SECU Meeting 64: Soothsayer (May 4th)
In this SECU meeting, Conservatives Blaine Calkins cross examines government witnesses in an attempt to prognosticate how C-21 language will be interpreted, while Dane Lloyd, Alex Ruff, and newcomer Martin Shields, create debate.
Committee makes its way through a Bloc Quebecois' sub amendment, an NDP amendment for the Airsoft community on behalf of Alistair MacGregor, and multiple Liberal amendments to Bill C-21 are taken to a vote.
SECU Meeting 64 is rather noteworthy because it contained the vote on amendment G3.2 containing the forward-looking 'assault weapon' definition which will amend the criminal code definition of a "prohibited firearm" to include:
- A firearm that is not a handgun and that
- Discharges centre fire ammunition;
- In a semi-automatic manner; and
- Was originally designed with a detachable magazine with a capacity of six cartridges or more
G3.2 was passed by a vote of 7 in favour (Liberals, NDP and Bloc members of SECU) to 4 against (Conservative members of SECU).
'Nuclear option': Conservatives decry Liberal move to limit debate on gun bill
The federal government limited how much time MPs had left to consider changes and debate the Liberal gun control legislation Bill C-21.
It's a move the Conservatives called a "nuclear option," but one the Liberals and New Democrats say was needed to fend off Official Opposition obstruction.
Through what's known as a programming motion, the Liberals are trying to set in stone the House of Commons' plans related to this bill before voting to send it to the Senate, including issuing marching orders regarding the bill's scope and outstanding amendments to the committee currently studying it.
This move from Government House Leader Mark Holland, on a piece of legislation that has now been before the House for almost a year, comes just one week after Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino put forward a series of revised amendments that seek to significantly expand the range of proposed gun control measures in the bill.
Ottawa renews federal anti-gang and gun violence program with $390 million in funding
The federal Liberals are renewing their multimillion-dollar program to fight gang violence and gun crime.
Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said Monday the government is earmarking $390 million over the next five years for provinces and territories.
Making the announcement in Mississauga, Ont., Mendicino said the money would go toward a variety of initiatives, including support for police and prevention programs.
"These federal funds will be distributed to the provinces and territories for the purpose of giving law enforcement the additional people resources and supports that they need to get the job done, and to get the job done safely," he said.
This is not the first time the Trudeau Liberals have promised large sums of money over a long period of time, as noted in the article. The last time this sort of promise was made back in 2017, the money was never actually provided in full, and 5 years is longer than an election cycle.
Parties on all sides of gun debate unhappy with revamped Bill C-21 legislation
Last week, the Trudeau government announced a number of changes to the legislation.
They include existing gun owners who will not be affected by any new restrictions, a committee will be appointed to determine which semi-automatic rifles will be banned and recognition of section 35 Indigenous hunting rights are now included in the bill.
However, the Conservatives said they are unmoved by the most recent changes and Indigenous hunters remain in the same amount of danger of having their guns seized as before.
“It’s very clear that Justin Trudeau, yet again, has learned nothing from the so-called consultations that his cabinet has done over the last few months and this is another thing that he’s doing to show that he’s coming for hunting rifles and he’s not going to stop,” Raquel Dancho, the party’s public safety and national security critic, said.
The Canadian Coalition for Firearms Rights agrees the revamped legislation is a step back not forward.
“The ministers and the rest of the Liberals have decided, ‘Well we’re not going to ban these guns now, we’re going to form a committee, the Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee,’” CCFR CEO Rod Giltaca said.
“They will come up with lists of guns to ban that we haven’t banned in the future and they have committed to banning them by order-in-council like they did back in May 2020. So, the reason why that’s possibly worse is because there’s no criteria we know that the committee is getting.”
Moncton man arrested after 3D-printed gun, drugs seized: RCMP
Police arrested a 61-year-old man and seized drugs and a 3D-printed handgun as part of an ongoing drug trafficking investigation in Moncton, N.B., RCMP says.
Police executed a search warrant at a home on Mill Road in Moncton on May 2, around 4 p.m.
During the search, the RCMP says officers seized cocaine, hydromorphone, drug trafficking paraphernalia, illegal tobacco, ammunition, a 3D-printed handgun and money.
The man was arrested at the scene, police say. He was released later on and is due in court on Aug. 17.
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.
Firearms, even replica ones, not welcome at national parks
Parks Canada is reminding the public that bringing a firearm, even a replica one, into national parks, is illegal.
According to a post on social media, Parks Canada evicted a group of visitors from Bruce Peninsula National Park earlier this year for having realistic pellet guns.
The post said the weapons put staff and fellow patrons in an unsafe situation and the individuals were issued hefty fines.
Parks Canada said this behaviour is illegal and the incident is being used to remind all visitors that bringing firearms of any type, including air guns, into national parks in Canada is strictly prohibited
'Our officers were ambushed': 1 OPP officer killed, 2 others injured in Bourget, Ont. shooting
An Ontario Provincial Police officer was killed and two others injured when they were ambushed while responding to reports of gunshots in Bourget, Ont., OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique says.
The shooting happened early Thursday morning in the small community in the municipality of Clarence-Rockland, approximately 50 kilometres east of downtown Ottawa.
OPP say around 2 a.m., officers were called to a disturbance at a home on Laval Street where someone reported hearing a gunshot.
"This morning, at just after 2 a.m. our officers responded to a sound of gunshots that was reported by a citizen," Commissioner Carrique said Thursday afternoon during a media conference at the OPP headquarters in Kanata.
"They arrived at a residence on Laval Street in Bourget, and upon arrival three of our officers were ambushed and shot. Tragically, 42-year-old Sgt. Eric Mueller was killed and two other veteran OPP officers were injured."
Carrique said Mueller, of the Russell County OPP Detachment, was "murdered simply, selflessly serving his community."
One of the injured OPP officers, a 43-year-old with 19 years of service on the force, remains at the Ottawa Hospital. Carrique said he is in “stable, but critical” condition.
"A 39-year-old male was arrested and was taken into custody without further incident by heroic officers that were responding in aid to their injured colleagues," Carrique said, adding that the individual was not known to police and was uninjured.
Court documents show a 39-year-old of Bourget, Ont., is charged with one count of first-degree murder in the death of Sgt. Mueller, and two counts of attempted murder.
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