Week in Review - 26 Apr 2024 Archive


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Friday, April 26, 2024


CCFR Radio EP 165: Liberal Budget = No Buyback! 100K New PAL Holders, Poly’s at it Again (NEW)

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: No budget money for the actual buyback was allocated in the Liberal’s latest budget. CCFR AGM general ticket release, Poly follies continue, 100,000 new PAL holders despite campaign of discouragement.

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With a rare unanimous “yes” vote in the Saskatchewan legislature, a private members’ motion on guns passed Thursday.

The motion from Carrot River Valley MLA Fred Bradshaw calls on the federal government to “devolve” or pass on responsibility for all parts of The Firearms Act to the province so it can administer and regulate gun possession itself.

A news release from the Government of Saskatchewan's caucus office said the motion was introduced in response to Bill C-21. The federal bill made changes to the Firearms Act, including putting a freeze on handgun sales, changing the technical definition of an assault-style firearm, and prohibitions against ghost guns.

At one point, the bill had included a provision that would have put some hunting rifles and shotguns on a prohibited list, but that was removed.

The news release said the changes effectively erased the value of handguns “despite the fact that most handgun crime is committed using illegally trafficked and acquired handguns.”

The release said the provincial government won’t “stand idly by as the federal government brands thousands of law-abiding citizens as criminals,” then goes on to clarify that it still does support work to reduce the criminal and illegal use of guns.

All of the Saskatchewan Party, Saskatchewan NDP, and independent members present in the assembly Thursday voted to pass the motion.

Continue reading at CJME News

Saskatchewan Votes 41-0, Tells Feds to Leave Firearm Regulation to the Province

With support from MLA Doug Steele, watch as Private Member’s Motion by Carrot River Valley MLA Fred Bradshaw is passed in the Saskatchewan legislature.

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Canada Post refusing to collect banned guns for Ottawa's buyback program

Canada Post is refusing to collect firearms that were banned by the Liberal government in 2020, complicating Ottawa’s plans for a buyback program to remove 144,000 firearms from private hands, federal sources say.

The Crown corporation informed the government of its position in a recent letter saying its decision was based on concerns about its employees’ security, according to federal sources who were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

One key source of concern being cited by Canada Post is the possibility of staff conflicts with gun owners who have been asked to give up their so-called “assault” or “military-style” weapons, which can no longer be used or sold in Canada.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals promised a buyback program in both the 2019 and 2021 elections. The government officially announced the process in 2020 and is now hoping to finalize it before the next general election, set for the fall of 2025.

Federal officials told Radio-Canada they still believe using the postal service would be the “most efficient" and “least costly" way to recover banned firearms such as the AR-15, which cannot be used or sold in Canada since a federal ban was imposed four years ago.

Ottawa initially tried to work with provinces and various police forces across the country to collect the banned firearms. Four provinces — New Brunswick, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba — urged Ottawa to “halt plans to use scarce RCMP and municipal police resources” to “confiscate” legally acquired firearms.

Conservative MP Pierre Paul-Hus said the federal government’s program is going in the wrong direction. “Instead of taking aim at gangs and contraband guns, the Liberals are implementing a buyback program that punishes legitimate gun owners and ignores the real source of most gun crime in Canada,” he said in a media statement.

Continue reading at CBC News

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Is CBC and Poly Colluding?

In a bizarre series of events on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, an old news piece on the buyback confiscation program was resurrected and manipulated by notorious anti gun lobby group, PolySeSouvient.

Back in 2022, 2 years after the Liberals massive, sweeping OIC gun ban, the Liberals were plagued with a variety of federally, provincially and privately mandated organizations refusing to carry out their dirty work of confiscating legally acquired guns from licensed owners.

On that list were a variety of entities; Canada Post, the CAF, RCMP, provincial police forces, the provinces, local law enforcement and so on. The absurdity of expecting letter carriers or mail truck drivers to carry out the confiscations was mocked by Conservative MP Raquel Dancho in the House of Commons, written about by Ottawa National Post reporter Bryan Passifume and tweeted about by all the usual suspects, myself included, as far back as July, 2022. It was common knowledge...

Continue reading at FirearmRights.ca

Respecting Gun Owners. Stopping Gun Crime

On April 18th, Pierre gave another excellent speech in the House of Commons. In this clip, Pierre takes a look at Justin Trudeau's failure to provide public safety, his inability to protect citizens from violent criminals, his ineffective gun bans and his divisive politics.

Poilievre says Conservatives will have a smaller government that will respect 'salt of the earth' hunters and gun owners while working to stop the flow of illegal drugs and guns into Canada.

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‘They’ve collected zero guns:’ Gun owners still skeptical about feds buyback program

Local gun owners and retailers are still patiently waiting to hear more about the federal government’s firearm buyback program nearly four years after it was first announced.

The 2024 federal budget tabled this week includes millions to support the program, but some say they’re still left with unanswered questions.

The Liberals latest spending plan includes $30.4 million from “existing departmental resources” to support the buyback of assault-style firearms that were banned after a 2020 mass shooting in Nova Scotia.

Tracey Wilson, VP of communication with the Canadian Coalition for Firearms Rights, says the ban won’t do anything to address gun violence. She claims it targets lawful gun owners rather than targeting those who illegally transport firearms and use them to commit crimes.

She said she was relieved to hear the dollar amount in the budget, saying it is obviously not enough to buy all of the banned firearms within two years.

“They’ve already spent $42 million to date on administrative costs and they’ve collected zero guns,” she says.

Since the ban in 2020, JR Cox, owner of The Shooting Edge in southeast Calgary, has been sitting on $750,000 worth of inventory he can’t sell. Cox says the new funding announcement doesn’t give him any hope that he will be able to sell it.

“We keep getting different rumours about what they want to do,” he says. “It keeps changing. Everytime we talk to a government official, the plan changes.”

Cox says he’s expecting the Liberals to use the ban as an incentive for voters in the next federal election, but all he can do now, is hope for the ban to eventually be overturned.

Robert Stewart owns The Shooting Warehouse and says since the ban his revenue has declined by 25 per cent, and is skeptical it will do anything to reduce gun violence.

He says the latest spending announcement doesn’t give him any confidence in the federal government’s plan to facilitate a buyback program.

“I think it’s going to cost up to $10 billion to buy back all these firearms,” Stewart says. “They haven’t done their homework.”

Continue reading at CityNews

A Toronto suspect wanted for the fatal shooting of another man has topped Canada’s Top 25 Most Wanted List as $1 million in total combined rewards is being offered for information that leads to the arrests of fugitives on the list.

The updated list by the BOLO Program – which stands for Be On the Look Out – has listed Michael Bebee as the country’s top fugitive.

Police allege Bebee is wanted for second-degree murder of 29-year-old Shamar Powell-Flowers on July 23, 2023, in the city’s east end near Danforth and Carlaw avenues.

Toronto police chief Myron Demkiw said at the time of Powell-Flowers’s murder, Bebee was under a gun prohibition for his part in another Toronto shooting four years earlier.

There is a reward of up to $100,000 for any information leading to Bebee’s arrest — which is part of the $1 million in rewards for the 25 fugitives.

At the press conference on Tuesday, Demkiw stood alongside BOLO’s program director Max Langlois with $1 million in cash stacked in front of them.

“Today for the first time, we are putting our reward money on the table, literally” Langlois said, standing in front of the bundles of cash. “One million dollars of clean cash. This has never been done, it is unprecedented.”

Continue reading at Global News

It's been nearly four years to the day since the Liberal government prohibited more than 1,500 types of firearms and set in motion a "buyback" to confiscate the lawfully-owned guns from their owners. Since then, not a single gun has been acquired.

In fact, Alberta and Saskatchewan have put up roadblocks making it next to impossible for the government to confiscate guns in those provinces, and now Canada Post has said it wants nothing to do with the buyback, dashing federal hopes that the Crown corporation could manage the firearm pickups and transfers. True North's Andrew Lawton weighs in.

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Continue reading at National Post

Handgun Homicides Could Have Been Reduced By More Than 50%, Had Liberals Listened to Experts

A year ago, world renowned expert Dr. Irvin Waller (Professor of Criminology at the University of Ottawa, PhD in Law and Criminology from Cambridge University), warned the Liberal government that virtually all handguns used in crime were illegally obtained, and not the fault of licensed gun owners.

He suggested the federal government focus on community and school programs known to be effective in reducing criminal violence, and that Bill C-21 wouldn't stop illegal drug and gun smuggling at the border, the major source of crime guns.

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Liberals Gun 'Buyback' Has Been Rejected By All

Four years, and $45M taxpayer dollars later, absolutely no one wants anything to do with the Trudeau Liberals gun confiscation scheme, and who can blame them! Agencies that have rejected calls to aid the federal Liberals gun confiscation include the RCMP, several provincial police forces, the Armed Forces, and Canada Post. The Toronto Sun's Brian Lilley tells Bridge City News why he thinks the gun 'buyback' was doomed from the start.

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Poilievre Meets with Hunters and Sport Shooters in Port Hawkesbury

Pierre Poilievre spent a day in the Strait area, making stops on Wednesday to Port Hawkesbury Paper, the ROC Society, and a hunters’ meet-and-greet at the Maritime Inn.

Poilievre posted several pictures of the hunters' event saying:

"Port Hawkesbury's law-abiding hunters & sport shooters know common sense Conservatives won't treat them like criminals.

Stop going after legal firearms owners. Go after the gangsters & gun smugglers. Stop the crime."

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Four months ago, Ken Price, a spokesperson for Danforth Families for Safe Communities, helped lobby the Canadian Senate to deny all fair and data-supported amendments to legal gun ban bill, Bill C-21. This included several rational amendments, supported by myriads of experts over several months, to permit future Canadian athletes the ability to continue to represent Canada in competitive sport shooting, and at the Olympics. All amendments were ultimately voted down, and without much explanation.

Why this unprecedented attack on Canadian athletes and Olympians? What did we do?

According to Price, in an interview with The News Forum, he believes sport shooters are the real source of crime guns saying, "there are thousands of guns lost and stolen every year... from domestic gun owners who are presumably carrying out sport shooting."

Wow! That's quite a statement.

He must have a lot of data to back that up right? Wrong!

Ironically, he made the above statement directly after admitting that he, and his anti-gun peers, "don't actually have that kind of data."

What!? I mean, if you don't have the data, why make a claim like that at all?

One reason: Anti-gun organizations exist to push an agenda, an ideology... Not to care about public safety.

In other words, they just want your guns.

If they actually cared about ending gun violence, they would listen to the experts, especially law enforcement, and work hand-in-hand with groups like ours to really make a change...

Here are the real, non-political, figures when it comes to the source of Canada's crime guns.

As recently as July 2023, police, who routinely trace known crime guns told the Canadian public that a mere 3% of all traced crime guns were found to be domestically owned, suggesting that approx. 97% came from an illegal source, outside the country.

Did you know that the majority of police chiefs and law enforcement officers don't support gun bans in Canada? It's because they know where crime guns come from, and the vast majority do not come from licensed firearm owners.

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American tourist facing possible 12-year prison sentence after ammo found in luggage in Turks and Caicos

Valerie Watson returned to Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport in tears on Tuesday morning in a drastic departure from how she imagined her long weekend trip to Turks and Caicos would end.

Watson is home, but her husband, Ryan Watson, was jailed on the island and is facing a potential mandatory minimum sentence of 12 years behind bars after airport security allegedly found four rounds of hunting ammo in his carry-on bag earlier this month.

"We were trying to pack board shorts and flip flops," Valerie Watson told CBS News. "Packing ammunition was not at all our intent."

Valerie Watson, who learned Sunday she would not be charged and would be allowed to return home, said the trip "went from what was supposed to be a dream vacation to a nightmare."

Ryan Watson was released on bail after two nights, but must remain on the island and check in with police twice a week.

The Watsons are not the only ones going through this ordeal...

Continue reading at CBS News


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