Week in Review - 19 May 2023 Archive

The CCFR Week in Review

CCFR Radio – Ep 143: MEGA EPISODE! So many clips, Liberals losing it over CCFR, C-21 passes committee

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In this episode: Bill C-21 exits committee and moves on to 3rd reading and the Senate. Liberal’s heads explode over the CCFR!! Tons of clips in this episode: Poly caught spreading disinformation, Pam Damoff comes unhinged, Mark Garretsen blows a gasket. All that and more this week!

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Liberal gun control legislation (Bill C-21) passes House of Commons, heads to Senate

The federal Liberal government's gun control legislation Bill C-21 passed the House of Commons on Thursday.

While the majority of MPs voted to see the bill pass into the Senate, two Liberal MPs who represent northern ridings sided with the Conservatives in voting against the legislation.

The bill, which passed nearly a year after it was first introduced, had an acrimonious journey through the House, and was significantly expanded from what was initially tabled in May 2022.

When Bill C-21 was first presented, the legislation focused on:

  •  Tightening gun laws to include "red flag" and "yellow flag" provisions related to a gun owner posing a risk to themselves or others;
  •  Imposing a "freeze" on the sale, purchase or transfer of handguns in Canada; and
  •  Including other increased offences related to certain firearm-related offences.

Earlier this month, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino put forward a series of revised amendments that significantly expanded the range of proposed gun control measures in the bill, alongside related regulatory changes being advanced through policy rather than Parliament, including reconstituting a federal firearms advisory committee.

Through the latest package of changes, the bill now also includes:

  •  A prospective Criminal Code "technical definition" of what constitutes a prohibited assault-style firearm, meant to "cement in law" a permanent ban on future models once the bill comes into force;
  •  A series of provisions meant to make it illegal to make or buy ghost guns;
  •  Wording making clear the government's intent to uphold Indigenous treaty rights; and
  •  A requirement for a parliamentary review of the technical definition five years after it comes into effect.

The definition passed by the House regarding the future-focused ban covers firearms that are not a handgun, that discharge centre-fire ammunition in a semi-automatic manner, and were originally designed with a detachable magazine with a capacity of six cartridges or more.

Defending moving to stitch in other firearm policies into Bill C-21, Mendicino has said the Liberals were committed to go further “than any government in the history of this country,” when it comes to gun control.

The Official Opposition continues to assert that the legislation targets law-abiding gun owners though, and an attempt from the Conservatives to see the bill referred back to the House Public Safety Committee for reconsideration "with the view to ensure that the government cannot take away hunting rifles from law-abiding farmers, hunters and Indigenous peoples," failed on Thursday.

The minister's rethink came after withdrawing an initial amendment package that sparked considerable backlash last fall, largely due to trying to inject an "evergreen" definition for assault-style weapons that would have prohibited hundreds of gun models currently on the market, including some commonly used for sport and hunting.

Since pulling the plug on the problematic proposals in February, the legislation had been languishing as the House awaited the minority Liberal's revised approach. Part of the government's consideration in consulting on a new set of amendments, was the need to secure the backing of at least one opposition party to help pass them.

Mendicino also announced plans to revive a firearms advisory committee comprised of interested groups and individuals that will make recommendations on the classification of guns now on the market. He stated that the guns recommended for reclassification by CFAC will be banned by Order in Council, similar to the OIC used in May of 2020.

Ultimately, the Bloc Quebecois, New Democrat, and Green caucuses backed Bill C-21 passing the House, with the final vote tally being: 207 to 113. The two Liberal MPs who voted against Bill C-21 were Yukon MP Brendan Hanley, and Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod, neither were in the House for the vote, entering their "nay" votes electronically.

Read more at CTV News here

The Liberal Party, NDP & Bloc Québécois Coalition rammed their legal gun ban bill through Committee and it has now passed 'Report Stage' and Third Reading.

As you'll see in this fully indexed video, Liberal, NDP, and Bloc Quebecois MPs have completely turned their backs on hunters, sport shooters, Olympians, indigenous communities, and many others as Conservatives attempt to make our voices heard in the house, despite much disinformation from other parties.

Watch the full video on YouTube here

C-21 will now go to the Senate. For those who are unaware, here is a current breakdown of Senators 'appointed by the advice of':

  • 5 by Jean Chrétien
  • 24 by Stephen Harper
  • 60 by Justin Trudeau
  • 16 seats are currently vacant

You can find a full list of senators here

Tim Thurley: Our gun-control proposals have a very basic failure — garbage data

The Mass Casualty Commission’s firearm recommendations were, rightly, overlooked in the initial phase after the report’s release. They have become relevant these past weeks as gun control groups, the NDP, the Bloc, and the Liberals used them to advocate for sweeping changes to Bill C-21, the government’s controversial gun-control proposals. The Liberals have thus far declined to adopt the MCC’s recommendations, at least in whole, and that’s encouraging. Our lawmakers should be careful. The Mass Casualty Commission’s concluding recommendations on guns and homicide share a problem common to any data analysis. If you use the wrong data, you get a bad output. 

Or, to be blunt: garbage in, garbage out.

R. Blake Brown, a professor who contributed a commissioned report to the MCC, suggested that the MCC got all the best research together and simply found the arguments made by gun control groups to be more convincing.

He’s wrong. While the MCC could have been a completely neutral panel objectively weighing the evidence before it, the nakedly selective choice of data inputs and slanted interpretation meant that no unbiased outcome was possible. Indeed, the MCC inputs seem heavily weighed to advance a pro-control agenda, and do so in such an obvious way that the resulting flaws should be immediately clear to those with even a passing knowledge of the study of firearms and firearm homicide.

The Commission relied on witnesses, third-party testimony and a series of 23 reports and various jurisdictional scans of varying relevance to gun control. But the core of its justification for gun-control recommendations on violence prevention grounds seems informed, quite narrowly, from a report it commissioned and paid for: the Negin Report. If that report were representative of the full academic gun debate, then all would probably be fine.

It isn’t.

Read more at The Line here

Opinion Letter: Career criminals commit most gun crime

I work in the firearms industry and have done for over 50 years. I speak with hundreds of gun owners daily so may actually know what law-abiding gun owners really want.

We are licensed to own firearms, and few complain about the licensing, the daily criminal background checks, the possibility of law enforcement demanding to enter our homes without a warrant to inspect how we store our guns. This is what being a responsible gun owner is.

The majority are not looking for no gun laws and to not be accountable, this is a fairy tale. What we do want is to be able to continue to enjoy our way of life as we have for decades. We are not the problem, just the scapegoats for bad policies by the Liberal government.

For the record, the term “assault rifle” has absolutely no legal definition, anywhere in the world, it is a term that was coined years ago by U.S. politicians and then the media. My AR15s are demonized as “assault rifles” yet the identical rifle found in a police car is called a “patrol rifle” despite being identical.

Most modern military rifles are capable of full auto fire as well as semi auto firing. In Canada, full auto was banned in the late '70s and there are only about 200 of us old guys still alive who legally own them. We can't use them and have not been able to since the early '80s.

What most of the gun culture is up in arms about is the current regime's plan to steal our lawfully purchased property under the ruse of public safety.

Given the fact that over 90 per cent of gun crime is committed by career criminals, most with gang affiliations and who are most likely out on bail, while using illegally obtained firearms, we are all at a loss as to how stealing and prohibiting our legally purchased property that has never been involved in crime will make our streets safer.

Read the full letter at Mountain View Today here

Moose Jaw Police Service showcases new firearms

The Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS) has some new weapons in the fight against crime.

"We actually just converted our entire service over to the new Glock pistols," explained Constable Rodney Zeorb. "We went from a 40 caliber to a 9 mm, which would save us some costs in ammo savings and also updated us with new guns."

The MJPS also has access to shotguns (Remington 870 12-gauge) and carbines (Colt MRR Chambered in 5.56 mm).

"Not every officer is trained in carbine," continued Zeorb. "We're right now trying to get our numbers up to an adequate spot. The hope is in the future that more and more officers would be trained."

Zeorb noted that there are provincial qualification standards for all three of the department's firearms that all officers must complete annually.

He added that safety is paramount.

"No matter what, we have to function firearms both in training and in the real world when we're out there on the street in the safest possible manner. We don't have any room for error."

Read more at Discover Moose Jaw here

The Integrated Border Enforcement Team (IBET), a joint force operation between the RCMP, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Calgary Police Service (CPS), has charged three individuals in relation to weapons trafficking and the possession of illegal firearms.

In September 2022, IBET was notified by CBSA that a suspicious package addressed to an Eckville residence had been intercepted. An examination of the package's contents revealed 10 Polymer80 lower Glock handgun kits. Two additional packages, which contained 9 polymer lowers for AR-15 rifles and one upper receiver with a barrel, were intercepted by CBSA in April 2023.

Over the duration of eight months, IBET conducted a comprehensive investigation that led to search warrants being executed in Eckville, Rocky Mountain House and Calgary on May 3, 2023. As a result of this investigation, RCMP seized numerous prohibited handguns, long barrel guns, and evidence of manufacturing various firearms.

IBET's mandate is to enhance border integrity and security along the shared border, between designated ports of entry, by identifying, investigating and interdicting persons, organizations and goods that are involved in criminal activities.

Read the full RCMP News Release here

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.


Regina police seize sawed-off shotgun, 'slam gun' after reported break-in

Multiple weapons were recovered from a home in central Regina after a reported break-in, police say.

On May, 12 at around 1:15 p.m., officers with the Regina Police Service (RPS) responded to a report of a break and enter at a house.

An officer knocked on the home’s door, causing it open, an RPS news release explained.

The door opened and revealed a man sitting in a chair with a sawed-off shotgun sitting at his feet.

According to RPS, officers challenged the man and he was taken into custody without incident.

After a search of the area, police found an improvised, homemade “slam gun” next to where the man was sitting when officers arrived.

Both the shotgun and slam gun were loaded, police said.

A 32-year-old Regina man faces six charges, including possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and carrying a concealed weapon.

Read more at CTV News Regina here

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) have partnered on an investigation involving firearms and prohibited devices.

On May 3, 2023, an individual from Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) was arrested as part of the joint investigation by the RCMP NL Federal Serious and Organized Crime Unit (FSOC) in St. John's and the CBSA Criminal Investigations Section in the Atlantic Region. Canadian Postal Inspectors, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) and other RCMP Policing Units provided assistance.

Between April 11and April 20, 2023, eight firearms suppressors destined for the individual's home in Conception Bay South were intercepted and seized by the CBSA's Greater Toronto Area Commercial Operations District. These seizures resulted in the engagement of RCMP NL FSOC and a joint investigation that led to the individual's arrest on the evening of May 3,2023.

Following the arrest, RCMP officers obtained a warrant to search the home. Shortly after midnight on May 4, the search warrant, authorized under the Criminal Code of Canada, was executed by the RCMP, with CBSA assistance. The search resulted in the seizure of 25 firearms.

The individual was released from custody. The investigation is ongoing and charges are expected to be laid by both the RCMP and the CBSA.

The RCMP NL Federal Serious and Organized Crime targets criminal activity involving national security, transnational and serious organized crime and cyber crime throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. This investigation demonstrates the collaboration between federal and provincial agencies and their commitment to protecting our communities.

Read the full RCMP News Release here

Gun crime is down. That’s good news but gang violence remains a threat

Gun Crime varies dramatically across Toronto. Moss Park is only a few miles from Rosedale, but when it comes to violent crime, it’s a world away, with a shooting rate about 10 times that of its wealthy neighbour in 2022.

The disparities between neighbourhoods and parts of the country reveals the need to carefully target problem areas in our battle against gun violence. Federal efforts to improve border control and contain gun smuggling must therefore be complemented by regional and local initiatives that address the unique factors contributing to gun violence in each area.

The scale of the cross-border firearms trafficking was driven home last month when a police investigation seized 173 firearms and made 42 arrests.

But the factors go beyond the availability of guns to address violent crime of all sorts, including gang violence, which was responsible for nearly a quarter of homicides in 2021.

In fact, while only 2.6 per cent of violent crime involves use of a firearm, guns are used in 35 per cent of the violent crime committed by members of organized crime groups. We need to do whatever we can, then, to keep guns out of the hands of gang members. What’s better is to keep kids from their grasp.

Prevention should play a major role in efforts to reduce all forms of violence including gang violence. While Ottawa wasn’t specific about funding for prevention in its recent announcement, the Building Safer Communities Fund, announced last year, will distribute $250 million to help municipalities’ prevention efforts.

Together with Toronto’s 10-year SafeTO plan, that could go a long way in further reducing gun and gang violence in the city, again provided it is targeted toward areas and individuals with the highest needs.

There are many community organizations currently serving high-needs regions, yet for years they have been operating on shoestring budgets, never knowing if they’ll make it from one year to the next. If we’re to get a handle on gang violence, that needs to change, and ought to do so with the infusion of cash.

As the recent drop in urban gun violence demonstrates, violent crime, while a scourge, is amenable to change. Just as eliminating guns is a choice, so too is eliminating violent crime. We owe it to ourselves, our police officers, and our children to choose wisely.

Read more at Toronto Star here

Firearms and ammunition stolen from Creston, B.C. gun shop

Several firearms and ammunition have been stolen from an outdoors and sporting goods business in Creston, BC.

Creston RCMP spokesperson Const. Brett Urano said police were called to the store on the 1000-block of Canyon Street early Wednesday morning with a report of a break and enter.

Urano said the suspects had fled by the time police arrived, and that it was soon discovered they had taken multiple firearms and ammunition.

Police are trying to identify the suspects as soon as possible.

“All necessary resources, including RCMP support services are actively engaged to identify the suspects and secure these stolen weapons,” Urano said.

“If you saw or heard anything suspicious, or have information about this theft, we want to hear from you.”

Anyone with any information or dashcam footage from the area between 3 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. is asked to call the Creston RCMP at 250-428-9313 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

An employee contacted at Mawson Sports at 1026 Canyon Crescent in Creston said a statement would be issued later.

Read full story at Canada.com here

Stolen car leads to firearms being recovered and a reminder about safe storage

If you are a firearms owner, you may want to keep them locked away or safely stored. That reminder comes courtesy of Yellowknife RCMP in a press release issued on Tuesday afternoon and here’s why:

Late last month, police responded to a complaint of a vehicle being taken without consent. The owner of the vehicle told officers that he had left two firearms in the vehicle that were not secure. Police were able to recover the vehicle a short time later, however the firearms were missing.

Yellowknife RCMP investigated the incident, which resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in town where the firearms were located. A male has since been charged with possession of a firearm without a licence and unsafe storage of a firearm.

Police are reminding the public to ensure that firearms in vehicles be stored in a locked container when not in use. One example provided was a gun safe bolted to the vehicle floor or in the trunk. As well, it must be concealed from plain sight so it isn’t easily identifiable as a gun safe.

Read more at NNSL here



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