Week in Review - 14 Apr 2023 Archive

The CCFR Week in Review

CCFR Radio – Ep 140: We’ve Been “Rouleau’d” Again, MCC Promotes C-21, G4, G46, More Liberal Disinfo (Latest Episode)

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: Trudeau and other Libs blatantly spread disinformation in House of Commons. Mass Casualty Commission releases their final report. On the “access to firearms” topic, a total trainwreck. Interview with Jerrika Geneau from WildTV’s “Jerrika in the Wild”. More restructuring at the CCFR, hang in there for missing membership cards.

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2023 CCFR Annual General Meeting Weekend

Find out all the details and buy your tickets now!

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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

Full details here

CCFR vs Canada court hearing to be live-streamed

The first 4 days of the CCFR's historic federal court challenge against the Liberal government took place this week. We understand that many of our members and supporters may not be able to watch the court live steam, so our VP of Public Relations has been in the courtroom each day providing live updates via Twitter.

If you didn't have a chance to read the Twitter threads during the week, you can find each of them here:

Day 1 Thread

Day 2 Thread

Day 3 Thread

Day 4 Thread

The hearing is scheduled to resume on Monday at 9:30 AM, and Tracey Wilson will be back at the court to keep you all informed.

If you are able to watch live, you can find the registration link and full details at the link below:

Full details and registration link here

It is unlawful for us or other parties to record and/or re-broadcast the proceedings. If it were permissible, we would do so.

Some comments from the CCFR's legal counsel Michael Loberg:

Regarding the procedure of the hearing:

"In the simplest terms: We go, the government goes, we reply, the government might respond to that, the judge asks any questions she has and the appropriate person answers, then when that's all done the judge goes away and takes a few months to write a decision.

I want everyone to relax about that last part please - we've been eyeballs deep in this for 2 years and the judge is getting all of this fresh. She gets to go away and think on all we've presented and said, then make some decisions, then write them down so they can be appealed properly, because they will be. That's part of the process too."

Who/what is JSS?

"Our external counsel, and my co-counsel in CCFR v Canada: JSS Barristers, who are just up the street from me in Calgary. They did the oral advocacy Tuesday-Thursday for us and positively nailed it. Best lawyers money can buy, and I mean that very literally."

Canada’s ongoing war against legal gun owners (ft. Tracey Wilson)

Over the past year, Canadian gun owners have faced increasing challenges and changes to firearm laws and regulations. Many have expressed concerns about the lack of evidence-based policies and the impact of blanket restrictions on law-abiding citizens.

Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights spokesperson Tracey Wilson joined True North’s Andrew Lawton to discuss the ongoing war against guns, how some provinces are fighting back, and why it is important to preserve Canadian firearm rights.

Watch the full discussion at True North here

Lawyer for some families in N.S. mass shooting says gun bans won't prevent similar tragedies

Recommendations from the final report into Nova Scotia's mass shooting to prohibit certain firearms and magazines in Canada are a "distraction" that don't address how similar tragedies could be avoided, says a lawyer for many families of the victims.

The report of the Mass Casualty Commission released March 30 says the federal government should prohibit all semi-automatic handguns, as well as centrefire semi-automatic rifles and shotguns that are designed to accept detachable magazines with capacities of more than five rounds.

The commissioners also recommend prohibiting the use of a magazine with more than five rounds and that licence holders should only be able to buy ammunition for their own licensed gun. Generally, licensed gun owners may have prohibited firearms only if there is an ongoing exception under the Firearms Act, so they could keep them under certain conditions.

"While we're making those symbolic gestures and banning this rifle or that pistol or this magazine, what we're not doing is having a serious conversation about how these sorts of weapons are getting into the hands of actual criminals," said Michael Scott, a lawyer with Patterson Law, which represents most of the 22 families of the victims.

"It's the distraction issue that I think that everybody should be concerned with, and at some point we have to demand more than symbolic gestures."

Read more at CBC here

Police arrest 42 people, seize 173 guns in large cross-border firearms trafficking probe

A year-long, cross-border firearms trafficking investigation has led to the arrests of 42 people and the seizure of 173 guns in Canada and the U.S, Toronto police said on Tuesday.

A total of 422 criminal charges were filed as a result of the probe, called Project Moneypenny, police told a press conference.

Among the accused are Canadians who allegedly sold guns acquired in the United States to undercover officers in Toronto.

Many of the guns were legally purchased in the U.S. states of Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio and Texas, police said.

The weapons haul includes 86 guns confiscated in the Greater Toronto Area, mostly semi-automatic pistols, and another 87 handguns seized by U.S. law enforcement in Chicago from a vehicle destined for Canada, police told reporters.

Of the 42 Canadians arrested, over half were from Toronto. Others were from Barrie, Ont., Pickering, Ont., Whitby, Ont. and Winnipeg. Seven of the suspects were 18-years-old or younger, police said.

The investigation was launched by the Toronto Police Services Gun and Gang Task Force in March 2022.

Multiple officers pointed to organized crime, Canada's largely undefended border, & the proceeds of crime as the motivation behind the attempt to smuggle firearms into the country.

Supt. Steve Watts, asked by media what federal legislation would police like to see to stop weapon smuggling at the border, pointed to collaboration between law enforcement agencies, including the ATF Attaché to Canada, saying, "That's the way, you operationally, & actually, deter the flow across [the border]. It's not through written legislation."

Read more at Canada.com here

WATCH: Home Invasion Cases & Self-Defence Laws | Canadian Justice

Canadian Justice host Christine Van Geyn speaks to Professor Lisa Dufraimont (Osgoode Hall Law School) & Criminal Defence Lawyer Karen Bastow (David G. Milburn Trial Lawyers), regarding recent cases in Nova Scotia & Ontario, why charges are laid (or not) by police, changes made to the justice system to 'enlarge the conception' of self-defence in domestic abuse cases involving women, as well as understanding Canadian laws with respect to Wisconsin's 'Castle Doctrine' & Florida's 'Stand-Your-Ground' laws.

Watch the full discussion at The News Forum here

Winnipeg 3D-gun trafficker sentenced to 12 years behind bars

A Winnipeg man who claimed one of the guns he made was used in a shooting last summer at the Red River Ex was sentenced this week to 12 years in prison for multiple gun trafficking crimes, including manufacturing and selling 3D-printed guns.

Blake Ellison-Crate, 24, pleaded guilty to 13 separate charges in Manitoba provincial court, including manufacturing firearms, possession of restricted firearms and using false identities to unlawfully obtain firearms. The dates of the charges range from September 2021 to June 2022.

During his sentencing hearing on Tuesday, court heard Ellison-Crate manufactured and trafficked 3D-printed "ghost guns" — so called because they're untraceable — from his apartment. He continued to do so after being arrested and even had a hand in their manufacture while he was incarcerated, according to an agreed upon statement of facts.

The 13 charges were the result of a months-long police investigation that started after the Canada Border Services Agency seized a package destined for Winnipeg that contained parts used to assemble 3D-printed guns in November 2021.

Judge Alain Huberdeau called the case "sophisticated" for the scope and scale of the offender's activities. He noted that some guns and parts Ellison-Crate made were high-volume magazines and parts for fully automatic weapons.

"Although we will never know the full extent of the harm he has inflicted, we know the streets of Winnipeg, as well as the province as a whole, will be a far less safe place and that the criminal element of society has been empowered by his activity," he said.

However, Huberdeau said he also took into consideration that Ellison-Crate had struggled with addictions, pleaded guilty and expressed remorse for his actions. The judge also noted that Ellison-Crate had completed some programs while in jail and that his family was present at his sentencing hearing to support him.

With all of the sentences for each of the 13 charges combined, Ellison-Crate was sentenced to a total of 44 years in custody. But because Judge Huberdeau allowed some of them to be served concurrently, that sentence was lessened to 12 years, excluding the 228 days he's already spent behind bars.

Huberdeau noted that in similar cases, the offenders were given six to 10 years in custody and that he felt 12 years was justified given the number of offences.

Read more at CBC News here

Calgary: 1 dead, 1 injured in Wednesday night shooting in Kensington Safeway parking lot

A major police response took place in downtown Calgary Wednesday night, in the aftermath of a shooting in Kensington that left one man dead and another person injured.

Calgary Police Service cruisers took up positions on several roads in the area of 10th Street and Sixth Avenue S.W., as a police helicopter circled overhead.

Police officials confirmed Thursday morning that the deceased was one of two people who had been shot in the 400 block of 10th Street S.W., near the Kensington Safeway parking lot, and the second person, age and gender not released, had been transported to hospital.

Read more at CTV News Calgary here

Canada spending $59M on assault rifles, machine guns for Ukraine

Canada plans to ship thousands of assault rifles to Ukraine — its latest military contribution to the embattled eastern European country, which is still awaiting delivery of a badly needed air defence system Ottawa promised weeks ago.

The latest federal package of military and financial assistance for Ukraine was unveiled Tuesday following a meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.

Canada is spending $59 million to procure for Ukraine 21,000 assault rifles and machine guns, along with ammunition, from weapons maker Colt Canada, headquartered in Kitchener, Ont.

Read more at CBC News here

The irony is not lost on us.

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.



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  • A group for those providing recurring donations (via our website or Patreon) of $20.00 CAD/month or more.
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