Week in Review – 23 Dec 2022 Archive

The CCFR Week in Review

This will be the final Week in Review for 2022. The next edition will be on January 6th, 2023.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

CCFR Radio – Ep 133: Extra Large Holiday Episode – Tons of News

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: Liberals back track and the PM admits they will have to confiscate “some” hunting firearms. I guess they lied, again. Montreal Gazette apologizes to the CCFR. Assembly of First Nations opposes Bill C-21, Pam Damoff up to her old tricks, Atlantic Liberal (apparently) wields 22 gauge rifle on Ptarmigan, and so much more!!

Montreal Gazette Retraction & Apology to CCFR

List of future prohibited firearms in Canada: https://firearmrights.ca/full-list-of-firearms-banned-through-c-21-revealed/


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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that while the federal government is not trying to go after the right to hunt through contentious gun control legislation, the Liberals "are going at some of the guns used to do it."

Trudeau said that this is because some of these firearms "are too dangerous in other contexts."

See the full interview at CTV News here

Liberal MP Gudie Hutchings (NL), in an effort to take some heat off the government over their hunting rifle ban, demonstrated her not-so-thorough understanding of firearms last week.

We have to give Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino credit. He tried to end the interview before she could say something like this...

Watch on YouTube here

Firearms group says Trudeau’s admission proves C-21 is a hunting ban

In a preview of a year-end interview with CTV, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said some firearms will be taken “away from people who were using them to hunt.” 

Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights (CCFR) spokesperson Tracey Wilson said the admission comes after the Liberals “denied” that C-21 targeted hunters throughout the legislative process. 

“They called it ‘gun lobby disinformation’ or Conservative fear mongering, yet here they are admitting we were right the whole time,” Wilson told True North. 

“It’s a hunting gun ban, the largest in Canadian history.”

If passed, Bill C-21 would build off the government’s ban of 1,500 so-called “assault-style firearms” in 2020 by further banning numerous rifles and shotguns, including several used by hunters.

Read more at True North here

During an interview with CP24 Crime analyst Steve Ryan, Police Chief MacSween told viewers that 'there's a nexus between organized crime and guns,' referring to the 80-90% of illicit crime guns that are encountered during various police operations aiming to combat criminal activity in the region.

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Noah S. Schwartz: Why it's so hard to define what constitutes an 'assault weapon'

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently conceded that it is up to society to figure out how to define an assault weapon, saying that, “There are people who will have, right now, guns that are on the line, that are probably more powerful or more convenient than you’d really need for hunting … as a society, we have to figure out where that line is going to be.”

Finding the line of what constitutes an “assault-style” weapon in something his government has been trying to do since 2019, when the Liberals pledged to ban them. As someone who has studied and written about gun control, including assault weapons, for half a decade, I felt I would be well placed to take a shot at it.

What exactly is an assault weapon, or “assault-style” weapon, as the government has labelled them? For many of us, an assault weapon is like pornography, it may be hard to define but you know it when you see it. Yet laws cannot be based on impressions or understandings. Definitions are needed.

While the military has its own definition of an assault weapon, applying the term to some semi-automatic rifles owned by civilians dates back to advertisements run by American gun manufacturers. This was quickly picked up by gun-control advocates who were frustrated that the United States was having so much trouble regulating handguns, which are responsible for the vast majority of gun crimes in America.

These advocates, led by Josh Sugarmann of the Violence Policy Center (VPC), felt that popularizing the term “assault weapon” could create momentum for gun control. In a document that’s still publicly available on its website, the VPC argued that:

“The weapons’ menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons — anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun — can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons.”

From its inception, the term “assault weapon” was meant to mislead the public. And it worked, helping spark the U.S. government under President Bill Clinton to ban the manufacture of civilian assault weapons.

Read more at National Post here (subscription may be required)

Firearms ban amendments about votes, not safety, say P.E.I. gun owners

Amendments to Bill C-21 that expand the definition of banned firearms needed more consultation with hunters and target shooters, say two P.E.I. gun owners.

"This isn't a minor amendment to the law," Nelline Cronje, a member of Women Shooters of P.E.I, told Island Morning host Laura Chapin.

"It's a fundamental change which was not debated in the house. Expert witnesses did not get to speak to it. No consultations were done on it  It circumvents the whole democratic process."

One gun in particular on the list, said Cronje, the SKS, is commonly used for hunting outside of P.E.I. The Canadian Shooting Sports Association estimates there are 500,000 SKS owners in Canada. Many of them have no idea their ownership of the gun could be criminalized, said Cronje.

The changes include many guns commonly used for hunting. Eric Paynter, an avid waterfowl hunter and hunting guide, said it would make about 10 guns that he owns illegal.

Some of the problems come down to a misunderstanding of the advantages of semi-automatic weapons, said Paynter.

These are not always designed to make shooting faster, he said. Sometimes the technology is used to reduce recoil on the weapons.

"People getting a little on in years, and smaller stature hunters, youth and our lady hunters, they like semi-automatics because there's less recoil," said Paynter.

Both Cronje and Paynter agree the changes are more about politics than safety.

"Let's be real here. It's all about votes, using the gun laws to divert attention," said Paynter.

Read more at CBC News here

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.

Full Contest Rules here

Watch Canadian Criminal Defence and Firearms Lawyer Ian Runkle give his opinion on whether or not Alberta's government can defy the federal gun ban.

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For NWT gun owners, Bill C-21 casts a long shadow

In a photograph, William Alger’s SKS semiautomatic rifle lies next to his grandmother’s old .22. As a hunter and land defender in the Dehcho region, he isn’t the first person in his family to wield a firearm.

Now, he’s worried about carrying on that tradition.

The SKS, in all of its variations and modifications, is one of the rifles targeted by name in a proposed set of amendments to draft Bill C-21.

“Technically they shouldn’t even be taking my firearm away because of the Treaty 11 rights I hold,” says Alger. “It’s the only tool I have that allows me to be out on the land harvesting in a safe manner.”

Stenvne Thomas of Yellowknife is both a hunter and a competitive shooter. “I’m a law-abiding citizen, I’ve never been charged with a crime,” he says. “I support my family, I support my community.”

Although he’s hesitant to name the models he owns on the record due to the proposed legislation, he says 12 of the 14 rifles he owns would become illegal if C-21 and its amendments are passed.

Tim Thurley, also in Yellowknife, is a hunter who harvests to save on his family’s grocery bills. He’s also written a master’s thesis on firearm regulations and homicide in Canada. He’s opposed to the bill outright, in part for the impact the handgun restrictions will have on sport shooting and the industry in general.

But he says the proposed amendments are “the most egregious part” of the legislation. “The SKS is one of the most common budget hunting guns in Canada, right up there with the Lee Enfield,” he says. “Statistically, given how common it is in Canada, the SKS’s inclusion alone is going to ensure a huge number of PAL [Possession and Acquisition Licence] holders are badly impacted.”

“It’s quite an achievement to get the Conservatives, NDP, and AFN all standing together against a bill. Yet the government managed — mismanaged — it.”

Read more at CKLB Radio here

B.C. RCMP seize huge cache of guns, parts, ammunition from alleged firearm trafficker

Surrey RCMP say they seized more than three dozen firearms, along with gun parts and more than 100,000 rounds of ammunition from an alleged gun trafficker.

At a press conference Wednesday, Mounties said police located the weapons and associated gear in a Dec. 1 search of a warehouse in the 1300-block of Ketch Court in Coquitlam.

“What was particularly concerning was that this individual showed no regard to who he sold prohibited weapons to.”

During the search, police seized 37 firearms, including two 3D-printed Glock “ghost guns,” a pistol, 26 carbine rifles, two shotguns and six hunting rifles.

A “ghost gun” is a firearm with no serial number, making it “essentially untraceable,” Element said.

They also seized body armour, parts to modify guns and hundreds of magazines, some of which were loaded or illegal.

RCMP said the investigation was ongoing, with “many additional crucial steps required” before charges could be laid.

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.


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