Week in Review – 17 Mar 2023 Archive

The CCFR Week in Review

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

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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 DATES: The 2023 CCFR Annual General Meeting will be held in Ottawa Friday June 9th through Sunday June 11th, 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.

Dr. Caillin Langmann MD PhD ABEM FRCPC is a Professor of Medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario and the leading expert on Canadian firearms legislation with multiple peer-reviewed publications (see list in YouTube video description).

Dr. Langmann shared his research and provided feedback to Conservatives Raquel Dancho, Glen Motz, and Dane Lloyd, as well as NDP MP Peter Julian and Liberal MP Brendan Hanley from Yukon.

Watch on YouTube here

Dr. Langmann also did a long form review of his research which you can watch in-full on YouTube here

SECU Meeting 60 – March 10th, 2023

The term 'assault-style' has been used throughout committee, by Liberal politicians and anti-gun witnesses, to try and convince the average Canadian that 'automatic' firearms are what is being targeted by gun control Bill C-21. Alberta's CFO, Dr. Teri Bryant, and Conservatives Glen Motz and Dane Lloyd, seek to expose this disinformation in this meeting.

Raquel Dancho exposes the Canadian Doctors for Protection From Guns, represented by Dr. Najma Ahmed, Dr. Anna Dare, and Dr. John B Kortbeek, for meeting with the Liberal Party twenty-two (22) times to covertly develop gun control policy as well as meeting with NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, and working toward permanently ending civilian firearm ownership in Canada.

Ahmed and Dare used the bulk of their time at committee to attack the CCFR, and expert witness Dr. Caillin Langmann.

Joe Savikataaq, Nunavut Association of Municipalities President, called for more consultation saying the passing of Bill C-21 could mean some indigenous communities could literally starve, adding that consumer costs and inflation in remote communities have left many using sustenance hunting alone, for survival.

Other speakers included Ken Price and Noor Samiei (Danforth Families for Safe Communities), Suzanne Zaccour (Feminist Law Reform), Dr. Erin Whitmore (Ending Violence Association of Canada)

Watch on YouTube here

TSS 2023: This weekend!

If you're within travelling distance of the Greater Toronto Area, come see us!

The CCFR's Rod Giltaca will be taking the "Great Outdoors" Stage on both Saturday (3:15 PM) and Sunday (2:00 PM) to discuss the future of firearms ownership in Canada. Don't miss it!

Learn more and buy tickets here

CBC: Ottawa's plan for guns misfired. Alberta gun cultures might help us understand why

Last week, Alberta introduced the Firearms Act to push back against federal gun legislation, the latest move in a long period of opposition against new rules.

Distrust over regulation lingers for many in this province, much as it has through decades of debate over a subject that is, by its nature, emotional for all involved. It has nuance. And it doesn't involve just one monolithic "gun culture" to consider.

Whatever the original intent of the legislation, the proposed federal laws were deciphered very differently within different groups.

Conservatives and gun advocates said the government's proposed wording in those amendments would have banned common shotguns and hunting rifles. The Assembly of First Nations passed an emergency resolution in December opposing the legislation, saying the legislation would have infringed on First Nations and treaty rights.

In Alberta, groups of firearms enthusiasts gather in ways that might be off the radar for many. Take, for example, cowboy action shooting clubs. 

That competitive sport sees participants, dressed in costumes suitable to the "Old West" era (think 1870s miners, cowboys and bankers), while using three different types of guns — handguns, rifles and shotguns — in a series of shooting competitions. Participants must, of course, fire weapons typical of the era, such as Colt revolvers or Winchester rifles.

"I guess what I enjoy, a lot of it would be the period clothing, the aliases, the competition, the community," said Matt Wear, the president of Alberta Frontier Shootists, a cowboy action shooting club based in Condor, Alta., a hamlet northwest of Calgary.

Or take the shooting sport that takes place under the banner of the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC). Using pistols, rifles and shotguns, participants manoeuvre obstacle courses and are judged on accuracy, power and speed. Competitions take place around the world.

Firearms are also highly symbolic to some, and guns may have sentimental or historical value. Others centre firearms around their favourite recreational activity, which builds a culture.

Read more at CBC 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

Alberta gun owners hopeful Bill 8 strong enough to trump federal firearms legislation

The first federal firearms ban that took effect May 2020 left many legal gun owners, including Lennard Kucey, owner of Phoenix Indoor Range and Gunshop Ltd., in the lurch.

Kucey said that when the federal ban went into effect in May 2020, any firearms his business had in stock that fell under that mandate had to be locked away, as they were unable to sell, trade or send them back.

“We were at a loss,” he said of the estimated quarter-million dollars-worth of inventory that now sits in a storage container. “Our sales have probably gone down about 75 per cent.”

This new legislation is giving him hope again.

“It was the only time in the last long while that I’ve had any kind of possible good news as far as business goes,” said Kucey of the tabling of Bill 8, and what he considers to be the province’s effort to heal wounds for legal gun owners in Alberta.

He said that if the bill is passed, it could potentially save a lot of firearms businesses in the province.

“Of all the provinces to be in right now, I’m glad I’m in Alberta, because Alberta’s the only one that’s fighting for us, as far as I can see,” he said.

Read more at Global News here

For the Conservatives' messenger on firearms, thoughtfulness is a secret weapon

Raquel Dancho has led the Conservatives' charge against the Liberals' Bill C-21, which seeks to ban handguns. It became a political mess for Trudeau last fall when Liberal MPs proposed an amendment that would have entrenched a definition of banned weapons that critics including First Nations chiefs warned would include popular hunting rifles. The change was withdrawn.

Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights spokeswoman Tracey Wilson admits she first saw Dancho as someone brought in to clean up a mess O'Toole created with firearms owners in his base.

Instead, she has shown herself to be an expert, and someone with staying power, Wilson said. "She's a real little bulldog."

Wilson said some of Dancho's effectiveness comes from the fact she is not "an older, white, angry guy," which is the image many conjure of a politician or lobbyist speaking positively about guns. "A lot of women in her position may be on the other side of that debate."

Dancho said that when she speaks, she wants firearms owners to feel respected -- but in a policy-focused way that will earn the trust of non-gun owners in the suburbs, and "women in particular."

Read more at CTV News here

Watch: Airsoft guns could be banned under Canada’s proposed firearms law

Canada's proposed new gun law could make airsoft guns, the air-powered firearm lookalikes that fire small plastic or resin balls, illegal. That’s bad news for hundreds of business owners who make their money selling the guns or operating airsoft match fields.

Watch CBC: The National's video on Airsoft and Bill C-21

51 guns and 5 vehicles seized, 5 arrests made during drug bust: Okanagan RCMP

Fifty-one guns were seized earlier this month, say RCMP, following a two-month drug investigation in the Okanagan that also saw five people get arrested.

According to police, officers armed with search warrants simultaneously swarmed three residences and a storage locker on Friday, March 3, just before 7 a.m.

Police from the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP detachment were involved, along with the province’s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU).

“The search warrants were the culmination of a two-month-long drug trafficking investigation into a group believed to be supplying Vernon and other area communities with various drugs, including fentanyl,” said the RCMP.

Police say they seized more than 30 kilograms of suspected illicit drugs, including cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA, fentanyl and synthetic opioid pills. It’s believed more than 20 kg is fentanyl, with police saying that amounts to around 200,000 street-level doses.

Along with the drugs and drug paraphernalia, more than $100,000 in cash was seized, along with five motor vehicles.

Regarding the guns, police say there were 27 'assault' rifles, 18 handguns and six shotguns. They also say there was evidence of firearm manufacturing and assembly, along with tactical vests.

Read more at Global News 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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