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CCFR Radio – Ep 132: Holy Sh**, Liberal narrative collapsing, CCFR embroiled in controversy (latest episode)
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In this episode: The flames are reaching the sky in your battle to keep your firearms! RCMP refusing RPAL applications, Promocode controversy, C-21 committee exploding, Liberal narrative crumbling, NDP/Bloc MPs run for the exits. Letter writing campaigns in full swing and more!
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Alberta taking back constitutional jurisdiction for handling firearm charges effective Jan. 1st, 2023
Yesterday, Alberta Justice Minister Tyler Shandro announced new protocols issued to protect Albertans who have had their firearms banned by the federal government. He also said that if the C-21 amendments proceed, they will expand the protocols to cover those firearms as well.
The protocol states that it will not be in the public interest to proceed with prosecuting a charge of a possession of a banned firearm when:
- The accused lawfully obtained the firearm or prohibited device prior to May 1, 2020.
- The firearm or prohibited device was reclassified as prohibited on May 1, 2020.
- The accused has not been charged with any other offences related to the possession or use of that firearm.
Reporter exposes Marco Mendicino for failing to answer basic questions on Bill C-21
Watch Globe and Mail reporter Marieke Walsh hold Marco's feet to the fire Thursday, in an effort to get to the truth. She specifically asks about the ambiguous part of the "evergreen" definition surrounding magazines:
[Firearms] "designed to accept a detachable cartridge magazine with a capacity greater than five cartridges of the type for which the firearm was originally designed"
The Liberal government continues to hide its intent behind the evergreen definition and adding new guns to legislation Bill C-21.
Conservatives, NDP push to add more witnesses, hearings to tackle Liberal firearms bill
The House of Commons Public Safety committee is considering adding at least eight more meetings to hear from witnesses on a controversial Liberal amendment to ban hundreds more new models of semi automatic rifles and shotguns.
The amendment to proposed legislation Bill C-21 has garnered national attention as it targets some firearms primarily used by hunters, sport shooters, and farmers.
The committee met Tuesday to discuss a motion from Bloc Québécois MP Kristina Michaud to add two meetings to hear from more witnesses on the amendment.
Conservative Public Safety critic Raquel Dancho proposed to amend the motion to add 20 meetings. She also wants the committee to travel to rural, northern and Indigenous communities across Canada to hear from witnesses on how they would be impacted.
Dancho said the federal government “didn’t do their homework” on Bill C-21 and now it wants just two more meetings to discuss “the largest hunting rifle ban in Canadian history.”
“If we’re going to even adequately represent the Indigenous communities, we would need more than two meetings,” Dancho said.
“I do feel that it’s offensive to the people that are going to be impacted by this. It does not give them the dignity of having a seat at the table.”
SECU Meeting 54: Misinformation (Getting to the Truth)
An NDP hero rises from the west and joins the Conservative opposition to demand all Canadians voices are heard on C-21.
The Liberals misinformation campaign is finally starting to come apart. This is a must see.
NP FIRST READING: All the verifiable untruths Liberals have told about their gun ban
A Canadian government should never be fully expected to tell the truth at all times, but the fight over Bill C-21 has featured an awful lot of instances of MPs and federal ministers saying things that are not true
By any measure, this is the most sweeping firearms prohibition in history and will ban whole categories of firearms that have only ever been marketed and sold as hunting arms. In response, the primary Liberal defence has been to simply deny that any hunting arms will be caught by the ban, even though this is easily debunked by even a cursory reading of the amendments.
Below, a not-at-all comprehensive guide to all the times that Liberal MPs have said verifiably false statements in defence of the Bill C-21 amendments.
“Don’t believe the hype. We are focusing on assault-style firearms, not hunting rifles.”
“We are not targeting law-abiding gun owners. We are not targeting guns that are commonly used for hunting.”
“We respect the sustenance rights of Indigenous peoples. We are not targeting those rights whatsoever.”
“Let’s be clear: we’re not banning hunting rifles & shotguns.”
The bill will only “go after those AR-15-style firearms that were used in the likes of Polytechnique.”
“The government has been very clear that it is not targeting the guns commonly used for hunting.”
Guns, health care and inflation: Singh takes stock of NDP-Liberal agreement
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is criticizing the Liberal government for failing to take action on the health-care crisis, high inflation, and gun control. Yet, he’s still in the supply and confidence agreement, which keeps the Liberals in power with NDP support until 2025.
As the House of Commons breaks for the holidays this week, "The West Block" host Mercedes Stephenson talks to Singh about what he’s getting out of this agreement, and whether that’s enough to compromise on key issues.
Manitoulin Island advocates say more restrictions on firearms will not stop gun violence
The Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights (CCFR) says the additional ban is being driven by ideology. A number of gun advocates on Manitoulin Island agree. CCFR represents many of the 2.3 million licenced gunowners in Canada, said CEO Rod Giltaca at a November 30 press conference. That includes 640,000 Canadians who are licenced to own handguns. “As I said last time, that’s not a small number. It’s not a small community either by any measure. It’s a community that is uniquely responsible and law abiding, and it’s a community under attack like no other by no fault of their own,” he said.
Firearm owners in Canada pass mandatory safety training through the RCMP Firearms Safety Program and are “extensively vetted” by the RCMP, Mr. Giltaca told reporters. “They are vetted every 24 hours thereafter through a program called continuous eligibility screening, and concealable firearms like handguns are registered by the government so the government knows where they are and who has them. This is only a small sampling of the regulations that small gun owners comply with in order to be trusted with firearms.”
It’s one of those hot topics, said Kagawong’s Bryan Barker, a retired police officer and firearms safety instructor. He feels the gun regulation that already exists as part of the Criminal Code has always been very strict and just needs to be enforced better through the courts.
“I think the government is being a little naïve to think the handgun ban or a firearm ban will do anything to control gun crime,” Mr. Barker said. “It’s not the legal firearm owners that are causing the gun problems. Unfortunately, a lot of those are based in inner city violence and gangs. I don’t think any amount of legislation is going to change that. They need to crack down on penalties for the offences that are already there.”
Mr. Barker is concerned about some of the firearms added to the prohibited list with the amendment. “It’s based on the power of the cartridge,” he said. “It’s still a bolt action sporting rifle and it just happens to be a little bit more powerful. If their intent is to curb violence whether it’s powerful or less powerful it still has the ability to harm people. It’s a little concerning that some of these sporting rifles are included in that list of what will be prohibited firearms.”
Editorial: Feds continue to overreach on firearms
Most gun owners in this country are responsible people. Some of them have their firearms largely for display. For others, it’s a tool, not a weapon. They have a specific purpose on their farm. They’re used for hunting.
As for those who aren’t, if people really want to get these firearms, they’ll find a way. And with more guns on the banned list, you’re going to have more people looking for a way to find something.
You’d also going to have more Canadians who will be committing a crime because they own something that was perfectly legal months ago and has never been used to hurt another person.
You would not have prevented the tragedy in Nova Scotia with these new restrictions. That person would have found a way to secure what he needed and then would have committed those terrible crimes.
The government needs to rethink this latest amendment and to spend more time talking to people who actually understand that some guns have a place.
Feds continue to overreach on firearms.
Liberals' gun control bill draws criticism
“Let me be very, very clear on this: we are moving forward on a ban on assault-style weapons. We did that two years ago, we are now enshrining it into law and ensuring that, going forward, all assault-style weapons that might be sold in Canada will not be sold in Canada. For that, we have to establish a definition because we know gun makers keep creating new variations to try and get around a list that we’ve put forward,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau explained last week.
However, that’s a big task. There’s no widely accepted definition for what an assault-style firearm actually is.
Even attempting to outlaw military-style weapons is tricky.
The Lee-Enfield, a rifle introduced by the British army in 1895, is still widely used by Canadian hunters.
“It’s very difficult to make a distinction between firearms like the Lee-Enfield or the SKS that have a military lineage. Again, at the end of the day, they’re just devices that launch projectiles. So there’s a lot of minutia there and it gets quite complicated when you’re trying to define these categories,” explained Rod Giltaca, chief executive officer (CEO) and executive director, Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights.
The Liberals are also beginning to hear dissent from within — Yukon Member of Parliament (MP) Brendan Hanley says he needs clarification on these amendments and can’t support C-21 as is.
The New Democratic Party (NDP) has also begun to voice opposition to amendments in the house.
Meanwhile, Conservative public safety critic Raquel Dancho was thrown out of the House after accusing a Liberal MP of lying about how committee hearings on C-21 were going.
Dancho withdrew her comment but refused to apologize.
“For the past week, in partnership with the Bloc Quebecois, the Liberals have filibustered and not allowed Conservatives to weigh into the debate at public safety committee,” the Kildonan-St. Paul MP said.
“Today in the House to hear a Liberal accusing us of being the problem, insinuating that we are obstructionist is the most hypocritical thing I have heard in the three years that I have been elected as a member of parliament.”
17-year-old identified as boy killed in Toronto shooting
Police have identified a 17-year-old boy who was killed in a shooting in Toronto’s east end over the weekend that also left a 16-year-old boy injured.
Toronto police said officers responded to 5 Massey Square, a residential building near Victoria Park and Danforth avenues, at around 7:17 p.m. on Saturday.
Police said gunshots were heard in the area. Officers found Toronto resident David Petrovic outside the building.
Petrovic had been shot and officers attempted life-saving measures, but he died at the scene. His death marks Toronto’s 67th homicide of 2022.
It would seem that violence is still happening in Canadian cities despite Liberals insisting that their gun bans are supposed to increase public safety. You must be 18 to apply for a PAL, so maybe they can explain where these guns are (still) coming from? Their intentional failure to focus on the root causes of violence can be measured in human lives, and that is unforgivable.
Germany to tighten gun laws after suspected coup plot -minister
BERLIN – Germany plans to tighten its gun laws in the wake of a suspected plot by a far-right group to violently overthrow the government and install a minor royal as national leader, its interior minister said in an interview published on Sunday.
German police last week arrested 25 people suspected of involvement in the plot, which has shocked many in one of Europe's most stable democracies.
Prosecutors allege that many of the suspects were members of the "Reichsbuerger" (Citizens of the Reich) movement, which does not believe in the existence of the modern German state, according to prosecutors.
Interior Minister Nancy Faeser, in an interview with "Bild am Sonntag" newspaper, warned that the Reichsbuerger represented a rising threat to Germany given it had expanded by 2,000 to 23,000 people in the past year.
"These are not harmless crazy people but suspected terrorists who are now sitting in pre-trial detention," Faeser was quoted as saying.
Prosecutors have said the suspects included individuals with weapons and knowledge of how to use them. They had attempted to recruit current and former army members and had stockpiled weapons.
"We need all authorities to exert maximum pressure" to remove their weapons, Faeser was quoted as saying, which was why the government would "shortly further tighten gun laws".
Prior to the raids, authorities had already confiscated weapons from more than 1,000 Reichsbuerger members. However, at least another 500 are still believed to hold gun licenses in a country where the private possession of firearms is rare.
So based on this story, is gun control about guns, or about control?
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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