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CCFR Radio – Ep 134: RCMP to Run Buy Back on PEI? Alberta Hits Feds Again! Is the Lee Enfield Next?
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In this episode: Blacklock’s Reporter reveals ATIP, RCMP to run assault weapon buyback on PEI. Alberta fires at feds yet again! Mendicino dodgy on future status of Lee Enfield rifles. 22 gauge rifle wielding Liberal educates media on the FAC system – total fail, and so much more!!
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Alberta granted permission to intervene in gun lawsuits against Canada
The fight over gun laws in Canada will see Alberta go to court against Ottawa as intervenors in half a dozen lawsuits against legislation that bans hundreds of models of firearms.
In September, the province made the application to intervene in six ongoing cases on non-constitutional issues.
That request was not opposed by the federal government, and on Wednesday, it was granted by the court.
“The federal firearms ban criminalizes hundreds of thousands of law-abiding Canadians who are in possession of firearms that the federal government has arbitrarily banned – simply because the ‘style’ of the firearm was deemed to be aesthetically displeasing by bureaucrats in Public Safety Canada," Alberta Justice Minister Tyler Shandro wrote in a news release.
"I am pleased that Alberta has been granted an opportunity to defend the tens of thousands of Albertans who are personally affected by this ban in a court of law.”
Ottawa considered P.E.I. as pilot location for gun buy-back launch before reversing course
The Trudeau government initially planned to launch its controversial gun buy-back program in P.E.I. this year, starting its collection of newly-banned firearms in the province as a pilot.
But as of Jan. 10, Public Safety Canada has confirmed to SaltWire Network that the federal government no longer intends to launch a P.E.I. pilot of the gun buy-back program before other provinces.
The buy-back program is still planned in advance of a new ban coming into effect on over 1,800 models of firearms deemed to be “assault-style firearms.” There is currently no public timeline for when the buyback program will begin.
A minister’s transition book for the federal department of Public Services and Procurement Canada, dated Aug. 31, 2022, included the mention of a P.E.I. pilot for the gun buy-back program.
Liberals' latest impossible gun ban is just a bone to appease the media and anti-gun lobbies
On last Friday's episode of The Ezra Levant Show, guest host Sheila Gunn Reid spoke to Tracey Wilson, vice-president of public relations for the Canadian Coalition for Firearms Rights (CCFR), about Justin Trudeau's new hunting gun ban proposal.
As Sheila and Tracey discuss, despite Trudeau's insistence that he's not banning hunting rifles, he appears to be trying to... ban hunting rifles. Shouldn't this be called misinformation? The two break down the opposition to the latest proposal and how the government is floundering.
"How do they think they're going to go about enforcing any of this?" Sheila asked. Tracey explained why the proposal will be impossible to actually enforce, and what the government could actually do to confiscate guns.
"They have no idea what they're doing, how they're going to do it. And I think at this point they just throw a bone to the media every now and then, to appease the anti-gun lobbies and to make it look like they're still focused on this, but they're not," Tracey stated.
Jamie Sarkonak: Mandatory gun buyback will waste hundreds of millions, without making us safer
The gun buyback program (or more accurately, gun expropriation) has been in the works for a long time now. More than 1,500 models of firearms were banned on May 1, 2020. The Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer estimated the program would cost the government $756 million, but this may rise by another $1 billion, according to Simon Fraser University criminologist Gary Mauser.
Aside from the high cost, it’s completely unprincipled — most guns used to commit crimes are illegal. The Liberals aren’t solving any problems by persecuting lawful gun owners.
One major contributor to the buyback program’s ballooning costs will surely be the heavy stack of contracts handed out to make the program run. Mendicino has been vague about how the program will work, recently telling The Canadian Press that he was “looking at a variety of options” and taking time to get the buyback right. But it’s clear Mendicino hopes to rely on private contractors for the job.
“It’s going to involve a number of critical stakeholders and partners, including law enforcement,” Mendicino said, though law enforcement officials have told him they are stretched too thinly to help. “We’re also working with other levels of government. We’re working with industry leaders, we’re working with potential third parties. So we are exploring all of these options.”
In July, Public Safety Canada published a request for information to potential contractors. It included an overview of the proposed gun buyback program, similar to the one suggested in Public Safety Canada’s report.
The solicitation, which closed at the end of August, allowed firms to submit information about their ability to perform the required duties, as well as provide feedback about the proposed program. The point at this stage wasn’t to hand out government contracts, but to give the government a feel for the marketplace.
Public Safety Canada set out six categories of activities to contract out: collecting and transportation, tracking, storage, package inspection, destruction and post-destruction recycling.
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Alberta Justice Minister asks Ottawa to show ‘decency’ to firearms owners
Alberta Justice Minister Tyler Shandro says the federal government must show firearms owners a “measure of decency” and extend the amnesty period for guns Prime Minister Justin Trudeau deemed illegal and pledged to buy back.
In September, Alberta was the first province to oppose federal Public Safety Marco Mendicino’s request to aid the federal government’s confiscation program. The move was promptly copied by Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick.
Shandro now says Ottawa appears to be struggling to implement the buyback scheme “despite a mountain of money and years worth of lead time.”
“At minimum, they should proactively extend the amnesty that is currently scheduled to end in October 2023,” he said in a statement.
“Such a decision, however, would involve showing Canadian firearms owners a measure of decency, something that Minister Mendicino and this federal government is seemingly incapable of.”
Untraceable 3D-printed 'ghost guns' on the rise in Canada
Police in Canada seized more than 100 3D-printed guns last year, with some jurisdictions seeing big increases in this type of weapon and even busting manufacturing rings for the first time.
In Calgary, for example, police seized 17 3D-printed guns in 2022, compared to just one each in 2021 and 2020.
"I wasn't a big proponent of putting a lot of resources into 3D-printed guns here in Calgary when we first started [the unit], because we just didn't see them," said Ben Lawson, acting staff sergeant of the Calgary Police Service Firearms Investigative Unit.
"All of a sudden now, we're seeing this uptick in 2022, so who knows what 2023 is going to bring."
3D-printed guns fall into a category of homemade firearms referred to as "ghost guns," in part because they are untraceable.
They have no serial number, because the printed part of the gun is the receiver, the part of the weapon that is regulated in Canada. The other parts of the gun can be purchased at gun stores and online without a firearms licence.
Plans for producing these firearms are easily available online, and the item can be made using a consumer-grade 3D printer.
To get a sense of the scope of the problem, CBC News reached out to 20 police forces across the country and collected data from media reports in areas where police wouldn't discuss the number of firearms seized.
These guns have been found across the country, from cities such as Saskatoon and Winnipeg, to smaller places such as Stratford, Ont., and Vulcan, Alta.
"When I look at our statistics, it looks like … there's a flood of 3D guns entering into the city to make up for the gun shortage that we have in the city right now," said Insp. Elton Hall, of the Winnipeg Police Service, at a news conference in July, after his force seized three 3D-printed receivers.
"I knew this was going to happen," he said of these guns making their way into Winnipeg, despite efforts he detailed in the news conference to combat gun violence in the city. "It was only a matter of time."
CUSF CONTEST ALERT: Write a letter to your MP, win a prize!
The Canadian University Shooting Federation letter writing campaign is running until January 16th, and anyone who submits their letters with proof of mailing or emailing to their MP, the PMO, and/or the Minister of Public Safety to [email protected] will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 3 prizes: a Stevens 555 12 Gauge shotgun from Savage, or one of 2 $50 Cabela's gift cards.
CUSF also reserves the right to disqualify any entrant who submits a letter that is deemed not professional and in bad taste - so respectful submissions only.
Open to the general public, not just students. Grand prize winner must be over 18 and possess a valid PAL.
Gun range proposal in Perth, Ont. faces opposition from neighbours
Just north of Rideau Ferry, Ont. hidden far back on private property, an abandoned gun range may soon be ready again for target practice.
At least, that's the hope for Martin Whyte, who purchased the property in February 2022, and has approached the township for a zoning amendment to get the range up and running again.
"I'd like to keep using this site as a firing range. It's already built, all the infrastructure is here," he told CTV News Ottawa.
"There are not enough gun ranges in Canada and despite it being a polarizing issue, people want gun ranges."
Whyte says the site was once used by the Ontario Provincial Police around 30 times a year to certify their officers. He says an outdoor range at this location would be popular.
"There are waiting lists for several of the local ranges 500 people deep. Some ranges aren't even taking waiting lists anymore," he said.
"Ultimately, for me, I have a group of veterans I support and they want a place where they can come, privately, quietly, away from the public and be able to share a brotherhood of their history and have a place to shoot that's safe."
However, he has encountered opposition from local residents who say the range doesn’t fit within the community.
"Unfortunately, it seems that they are entrenched in their position and unwilling to negotiate or discuss even the possibilities that this could happen," Whyte said.
Residents say that noise is their number one concern. More than 500 people have signed a petition to try to halt the proposal.
This is no problem that legalizing suppressors couldn't solve.
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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