The CCFR Week in Review
The CCFR's "Scrap C21" Campaign Has Launched!
CCFR Radio – Ep 135: Liberals Backing Down?? Also, The CCFR’s ScrapC21 Campaign Revealed
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In this episode: Finally, proof the letter writing and activism is working, Liberal backpedaling has begun. We need to keep the pressure on. Details of the CCFR’s “ScrapC21” campaign revealed. Also see the promo video, link below.
ScrapC21 Promo Video: https://youtu.be/HusipW4GFXE
List of future prohibited firearms in Canada: https://firearmrights.ca/full-list-of-firearms-banned-through-c-21-revealed/
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It’s been a learning experience, minister says
Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino says he’s learned a lot from talks with Yukon gun owners last week, and it’ll be affecting the shape of a federal bill on gun control that some Yukoners have criticized for ignoring northern ways of life.
Mendicino visited the territory last week to respond to concerns over the ban, and learn how firearms are used in northern communities.
He said he met with the Canadian Rangers, Yukon Fishing and Game Association, local government, Council of Yukon First Nations leaders and a variety of gun owners at a roundtable meeting last Thursday, all to discuss how Bill C-21 could impact life and industry here.
“Getting out on the land,” Mendicino said in an interview Friday afternoon, “I was able to experience, along with members of the community, how firearms are used safely and responsibly.”
Mendicino acknowledged firearms are a part of the “fabric” of northern life. “And I was able to experience that first hand,” he said
Speaking of exemptions, Mendicino said identifying guns important to Yukon industries and communities and seeing if they can be removed from a ban list in some way is a big part of the work that will come from last week’s meetings.
“We’re gonna work very closely with hunters, trappers, First Nations, to scope that work out,” he told the Star.
“The ability to use firearms safely and responsibly for food security, for self-protection and preservation, while in the land, are all things that we can accomplish, while at the same time trying to reduce gun violence.”
Federal gun bill shows Liberals 'out of touch' with Nunavut, says MP
Nunavut's NDP MP Lori Idlout says her visits this week to three communities in the territory showed one issue was top of mind for many of her constituents — the new federal gun bill, C-21.
"We didn't go into the communities with any specific topic item," Idlout said.
"We left that up to each community... though in every community the first question has been about Bill C-21, and what the potential impacts are of Bill C-21."
Idlout has also spoken out against the amended bill. Speaking in the House of Commons, she said it showed the Liberal government was "out of touch ... with the daily life of Nunavummiut."
"Nunavummiut need to hunt to feed their families and to protect themselves from dangerous predators such as polar bears," she said.
To Idlout, the amended bill "makes it obvious that [the Liberals] don't care about Indigenous peoples' rights to hunt. They don't seem to care that Nunavummiut need rifles to thrive."
She says she wants the amendments removed, and that it's important to hear from Nunavummiut.
Explainer: Are the Liberals really banning hunting rifles? Yes, but it's complicated
The Liberal government, supported by the NDP and the Bloc Québécois have already officially banned some rifles and shotguns that have commonly been used for hunting back in May 2020, while the Liberals new bill C-21, will ban many more.
Download this, and our 5 other brand new explainer videos at ccfrdownload.ca!
We will also be releasing more of these videos on our YouTube channel over the next few days.
Pierre Poilievre: Meet Joy. A Canadian National Champion IPSC sport shooter
Joy is a licensed, vetted, law-abiding Canadian firearms owner.
Joy has been training for the last ten years and practices regularly.
Joy has never been convicted of a violent crime.
So why is Trudeau attacking her?
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Newly designed PAL cards coming this month
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.
Pierre Poilievre Is Going On The Offensive Against Justin Trudeau On Firearms Issues
During the 2021 federal election, the Conservative Party seemed almost queasy about supporting law-abiding firearms owners. It’s as if the Conservative Party leader at the time, Erin O’Toole, felt like firearms and gun owners were toxic and weighing down his chances of becoming Canada’s next prime minister.
The good thing to come out of the O’Toole era of the Conservative Party is that the current CPC leader, Pierre Poilievre, has seemed to have learned the right lessons. Poilievre has taken a strong stand in favour of firearms rights while also expanding the image of what responsible gun ownership looks like.
Whereas Scheer would often protect responsible firearm ownership in Canada in an abstract way, Poilievre is extremely specific and personal in how he talks about the issue.
For non-gun owners who may be naively supportive of gun control, it makes it harder to approve of the government taking guns away from other Canadians when you put faces and names on those who would have their firearms confiscated from them.
This is exactly what Poilievre did in a new video with Canada’s recent female sports shooting champion.
Poilievre is smartly pushing the idea that Trudeau’s gun control measures aren’t just going to take away guns from an abstractly defined set of responsible gun owners out there across Canada, it’s taking away guns from people like Joy whose passion is sports shooting.
The National Telegraph reached out to the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights (CCFR) to get their reading on how Poilievre is doing on the issue of firearms.
Opposition MPs united in ensuring Canadian hunters aren't disarmed by Liberal government
In a year-end interview with CTV News, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seemingly backtracked on assurances his government’s bill will target criminals and not law-abiding gun owners, saying that Canadian hunters need to reconcile with the fact some of their firearms will end up prohibited under Bill C-21.
“There are some guns, yes, that we’re going to have to take away from people who were using them to hunt,” he told CTV host Omar Sachedina.
In another year-ender, this time with CBC’s Rosemary Barton, the prime minister said he’d been given a mandate from Canadians to take decisive action on gun violence.
“I’ll be entirely honest, there’s some guns out there — not many, but some — that hunters are now using for hunting that are overpowered or have characteristics that make them assault-style weapons,” Trudeau said.
When asked by Barton if the overwhelming opposition to C-21 meant the government got it wrong, Trudeau insisted the blowback was a combination of national reluctance and partisan pressure from lobby groups and the Conservatives.
“It indicates to me that it’s a hard thing to do — to move forward on gun control in a country where the gun lobby holds a lot of sway in a lot of places. The Conservative party is moving hard and have successfully weaponized pitting urban Canadians against rural Canadians,” the prime minister said.
To test the claim that opposition is centred entirely around partisan attacks by the Conservatives, the National Post contacted all 12 members of the all-party House standing committee on public safety and national security currently examining the bill before it passes third reading and is handed off to the Senate.
With the exception of the Liberals, committee members from all parties responded to the Post’s inquiries.
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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