Week in Review – 24 Feb 2023 Archive

The CCFR Week in Review

CCFR Radio – Ep 137: Libs and Anti-Gunners Engage in More Tomfoolery, Jim Shockey Owns Them at SECU!

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In this episode: More tomfoolery at the Public Safety Committee (SECU), PolySeSouvient’s Heidi Rathjen lectures on ballistics and military calibres, ouch. Liberals just won’t let up on hunters, Jim Shockey owns them. CCFR AGM in June could be a summer gathering for all gun owners. Can you still get an RPAL?


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SAVE THE DATE: The 2023 CCFR Annual General Meeting will be held in Ottawa on Saturday June 10th, 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.

B.C. target shooters worry federal firearm bill will kill their sport

When it comes to handguns, control is everything. Mental control, breathing control, trigger control.

Dawn Deeley, a 65-year-old action pistol shooter trains 20 hours a week in the gym and about the same on the range to master her mind and body so she can kneel, lie down, take a sharp corner, aim over or under barricades.

“It’s a precision sport,” said Deeley, who recently returned from Thailand where she competed in the International Practical Shooting Confederation world championships. The former competitive cyclist was shortlisted for the 1984 Olympic team, has been an athlete her entire life, and took up competitive shooting when she retired.

Now Deeley says she and thousands of other competitive shooters across Canada are being sidelined by the federal government’s gun control legislation, which is currently under consideration in committee.

At the time, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “Other than using firearms for sport shooting and hunting, there is no reason anyone in Canada should need guns in their everyday lives.”

It’s the definition of “sport shooting” that is in dispute.

The order-in-council states: “Individuals who train, compete or coach in a handgun shooting discipline that is on the programme of the International Olympic Committee or the International Paralympic Committee,” are exempted. Deeley says that excludes thousands of enthusiasts.

Deeley practises practical shooting, which uses handguns over a variety of courses and scores competitors on distance, time and speed.

“We have elite levels of competition,” said Deeley. “This is a sport the same as golf, sailing, or fishing.”

The difference, of course, is that competitors use firearms. For Deeley, the gun she needs for the sport is no different than a hockey stick or a set of golf clubs. Now if her handgun needs replacing, she won’t be able to compete.

Read more at The Province here

Conservative MPs Raquel Dancho and Dane Lloyd dominated the self-appointed gun control 'experts,' including Wendy Cukier who runs the Canadian Coalition for Gun Control.

Other guest speakers included Matthew Hipwell (Wolverine Supplies), Martin Bourget & Kate Nadeau-Mercier (Aventure Chasse Pêche), and Francis Langlois (Cégep de Trois-Rivières).

Watch on YouTube here

CBC's Andrew Chang on the controversy created by Liberal amendments to Bill C-21 & the proposed confiscation of Canada's legal property.

He's joined by 'About That' Producer, Kieran Oudshoorn, who speaks about the cost of the federal governments gun confiscation, the lack of police resources willing to help, & the dangerous precedent it sets for future Canadian governments.

Watch on CBC's YouTube channel here

This was a surprisingly well balanced segment from CBC

Ghost guns a growing concern for Edmonton Police

In 2022, Edmonton police said there was 165 shootings in the city — a 10 per cent increase from 2021. Gun violence is concerning, and Edmonton Police chief Dale McFee said the type of gun being used is also alarming.

“We are seeing an increase in privately made firearms, otherwise known as ghost guns,” McFee said.

In 2022, untraceable, privately made or homemade firearms made up six per cent of all crime guns seized in Edmonton. Not all ghost guns are made the same. EPS seized about 40 all together.

Read more at Global 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

Man, 22, charged with murder after shooting suspect who tried to rob his house, lawyer says

A 22-year-old is facing murder charges after he shot and killed a man who was allegedly attempting to rob his family home in Milton, Ont., his lawyer says.

The incident happened on Feb. 19 at about 5 a.m. at a residence on Gibson Crescent, which is near Ontario Street South and Louis St. Laurent Avenue

According to Halton Regional Police Service, a group of suspects “intent on committing a robbery” approached the house in question.

Once inside, they were reportedly confronted by an occupant and a number of gunshots were then fired within the home. A man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ali Mian, who lives in the home with his single mother, is now facing second degree murder charges, his lawyer says.

In a statement provided to CP24.com, criminal lawyer Jag Virk said his client "shot at an intruder that broke into his home and attacked his mother."

"He is a registered firearm owner and used his gun legally against an armed intruder," Virk said.

"He shouldn't be charged with murder for protecting his mother from someone that broke into his home."

Virk said Mian’s intention was "not to kill the intruder, he only shot at him once."

Romario Clarke, 20, was also arrested when officers reached the scene. He has been charged with one count of break and enter and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

Read more at CP24 here

Toronto police officer charged after someone broke into his personal vehicle and stole his gun

Toronto police have charged one of their officers after someone broke into his personal vehicle and stole a bag containing his "service firearm" on Wednesday.

The vehicle was parked at an Etobicoke mall and the officer was off duty at the time, police said in a news release.

Toronto police arrested the 50-year-old detective constable and charged him with careless storage of a firearm and careless storage of ammunition. 

According to the release, the police's professional standards unit said the officer went to Sherway Gardens at about 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and parked his vehicle.

When he returned to the vehicle, the officer discovered it had been broken into and the bag containing his firearm was missing. At that point, he called police. 

The officer is due to appear at court on March 6 in Toronto.

According to police, the officer is assigned to the drug squad, has 14 years of service and has been suspended with pay.

Read the full report at CBC News here

Manitoba Government Announces New Measures To Ensure Perpetrators Of Violent Crime Face Consequences

The Manitoba government is dedicating new resources and funding to ensure Manitoba Prosecution Service (MPS) has increased capacity to address violent crime related to serious, illegal firearms offences and organized crime, Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today.

“Our government is committed to improving public safety by ensuring the justice system has the resources needed to provide a timely and consistent response to violent crime,” said Goertzen. “This increased support for prosecutions is about going after illegal guns and targeting organized crime that is causing fear in communities and victimizing Manitobans. Together with calls for federal changes to the Criminal Code on bail and other measures, meaningful steps can be taken to stop those committing violent crime in our province.”

The minister noted more than $1.4 million is being allocated to MPS to fund 10 new positions, which will increase capacity to address firearms trafficking, manufacturing and related violent crime in Manitoba.

“This funding will keep the Manitoba government’s focus firmly on issues related to the use of illegal firearms, preventing and combatting gang violence, and addressing the issue of illegal or smuggled guns in our province,” said Goertzen. “Our government has been consistent in its messaging that the federal government’s approach to gun crimes unnecessarily targets lawful gun owners while having little impact on criminals. With this support, Manitoba Prosecution Service will have additional resources and capacity to prosecute those committing serious offences with illegal firearms.”

Read the full news release at Manitoba.ca here

Two teen suspects arrested in shooting outside Toronto high school

Two 17-year-old males have been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting outside a Toronto high school that left a Grade 10 student with critical injuries.

The shooting took place in the parking lot outside of Weston Collegiate Institute, near Jane Street and Lawrence Avenue, shortly after noon on Thursday.

Police say that the 15-year-old victim had just left the school building when two male suspects in a stolen Hyundai Elantra pulled into the parking lot and opened fire on him.

The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his “upper chest area” as a result, police say. He ran back into the school building to seek help and was later rushed to hospital via emergency run, where he remains in critical but stable condition.

“At this time it is alleged that the driver shot the victim multiple times from the vehicle,” Insp. Norm Proctor said during a press conference at police headquarters on Friday afternoon. “The suspects fled and the suspect vehicle was later located in Peel Region. It was later learned by investigators that this vehicle had been stolen via carjacking earlier in the day.”

The suspects were arrested on Friday morning following the execution of a search warrant in Peel Region. Proctor said that a loaded firearm was recovered at that time.

He said that investigators are still working determine what relationship, if any, the suspects had with the victim. Neither attended Weston Collegiate Institute as students.

The suspects are each facing 10 charges, including attempted murder.

They cannot be identified under the terms of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Read more at CTV News Toronto

When presented with well-established facts, it's hard not to agree, as we saw when US gun culture expert and advocate, Francois Langlois, was cross examined by Dane Lloyd at SECU Meeting 58.

Dane, as always, presented statistical data showing that lawful gun owners are not a threat to the Canadian population, and despite Mr. Langlois views on gun control, he couldn't disagree with the great points presented by Mr. Lloyd.

Watch on YouTube 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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