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COMMENTARY
Why the Liberal Government Rush for New Firearm Deactivators?
 
You’ve probably heard the Liberal Government is asking firearm businesses to join the Canadian Firearms Program’s ‘Interim Firearms Deactivation Program’.

What you probably haven’t heard is why.

CSSA has learned from two reliable sources that Public Safety Minister Bill Blair will soon announce the only way you can keep firearms that were prohibited by his May 1, 2020, Order in Council is if they are deactivated first OR if a monitored alarm system is installed. Because of this, the Feds anticipate large amounts of deactivations to occur.

The government has neither confirmed nor denied this deactivation condition for keeping newly-Prohibited firearms instead of accepting Firearms Confiscation Compensation.

However, the fact we heard this from trusted sources, combined with the Liberal government’s massive push to bring new deactivators on line immediately means it is probably true.

Further to this, under the Criminal Code, if the alarm is sent to police, they may enter the home without a warrant to determine the cause of the alarm.

Was this always the Liberal government’s plan?

Or did they cave in to pressure from special interest groups who know nothing about firearms but insist all firearms must be banned anyway?

On March 13th, CSAAA sent an urgent notice to all its business members strongly urging them to stay away from this program.

“By enrolling in this program, you could be identified and promoted as a business where firearms owners can bring their now prohibited firearms for deactivation or in the future as a drop-off location for those wishing to participate in the buy-back program,” wrote CSAAA Managing Director Alison de Groot. 

According to CSAAA, there are only 78 firearm businesses in the entire country licensed to deactivate restricted and prohibited firearms, so clearly the demand for this service is light.

Does the Liberal government really believe that firearm retailers will rush to participate?

Does the Liberal government really believe firearm dealers who have faithfully served our community for generations will now turn Judas for a measly 30 pieces of Liberal silver?

These are people who have spent their days serving and interacting with Canada’s lawful firearms community.

Are the Liberals so stupid as to believe our own people can be bought off so cheaply or is this simply a demonstration of how little value the Liberals place on loyalty and integrity? Think Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott.

Will they ever stop judging the world by their despicable standards?

We hope so, because it’s long past time they saw licensed Canadian firearm owners and businesses for who they really are – men and women of honesty and integrity who refuse to toss each other under the bus for the nearest passing dollar.
 
PS: The Ever-Changing Goalposts

The ‘approved method’ for deactivating firearms has changed numerous times over the past three decades. The problem is not so much that the rules keep changing.

The problem is that if you possess a firearm deactivated under any previous set of regulations, that firearm may not be considered deactivated by the current deactivation regulations.

According to CSSA General Counsel, Edward Burlew LL.B., this leaves you, the owner of what you think is a deactivated firearm, open to criminal charges for illegal possession of a Prohibited weapon.

This is not opinion or speculation. This is a fact based on the experience of many firearm owners who discovered themselves facing charges in this precise situation.

Are you willing to entrust your future and your liberty to another Liberal lie?
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If the Liberals were to implement these conditions, what would you do?
Proceed with deactivation of your Prohibited firearms.
Surrender your Prohibited firearms for compensation.
Keep your Prohibited firearms by getting a monitored alarm system installed.
None of the above.

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Is the Australian Firearm Prohibition Order system one that Canada should consider adopting?

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Justin Trudeau’s gun grab is now attacking the constitutional jurisdiction of the provinces. The Western Standard reported that the governments of both Alberta and Saskatchewan will fight the federal move to allow municipalities to ban handguns. You can read the story HERE.

Speaking of the Western Standard, they have been the biggest media outlet in Canada covering – in detail – Trudeau’s crusade to take away our firearm rights. Outside of actual gun magazines, they publish more stories on gun rights than any other media source in Canada. 

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IN THE NEWS

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'Very vague' gun control bill threatens airsoft industry, says local business owner

CBC News | ca.news.yahoo.com | March 16, 2021, 1:49 PM·

The owner of a paintball and airsoft business in St. John's says his industry is in trouble if a federal firearms ban is approved the way it's currently written, and he hopes to see more consultation and more specific language before it becomes law.

Tom Davis, who has run Frontline Action since 1994, says Bill C-21, currently being debated in the House of Commons, would effectively mean the end of his business.

Davis said the phrasing in the bill leaves room for interpretation about what would be included in the ban on firearms, which came as a surprise for him and others in the industry.

"The bill targets airsoft very specifically, but it can then be interpreted to impact anything, paintball included, and it's a very vague bill the way it's written," Davis said.

"It's going to force the Canada Border Services Agency and law enforcement to interpret it, and then next thing you're in a court of law trying to define exactly what these clauses mean.… Technically, the way you could interpret this bill, it could make laser tag or anything like that prohibited."
WARMINGTON: Peel cops keep catching suspect but courts keep releasing him 

The Brampton man, 23, is back in custody -- at least for now -- facing new gun charges 

Joe Warmington | Toronto Sun | March 13, 2021

When it comes to Darnel Rhooms, Peel Regional Police catch him when they can.
Then the court system sets him free. Then they catch him once again.

Needless to say, the 23-year-old — currently being investigated in connection with a January shooting on Main St. in Brampton — knew the drill when tactical officers paid him a visit at a Richmond Hill residence Friday. Having allegedly skipped the province during a previous release, this time cops threw the book at him.

“Investigators from the 22 Criminal Investigation Bureau have laid 25 charges against a man in relation to a firearm investigation that commenced on Jan. 16, 2021, in the City of Brampton,” say police.

Seven of those charges are breaches of court compliance orders that he allegedly wasn’t following.

Gun control bill draws ire of Kitchen, Scheer

Keith Borkowsky at The Quad Town Forum | msn.com | March 13, 2021

A federal government proposal to — among other things — allow municipalities to ban the transportation and storage of handguns in Bill C-21 is being panned by local Members of Parliament. 

The bill also proposes banning approximately 1,500 models of “assault-style” firearms, creating a voluntary federal buyback program for those weapons, increased criminal penalties for gun smuggling, funding for prevention of and enforcement against gun violence, and a further ban on airsoft guns that resemble firearms and are capable of discharging at between 366 and 500 feet per second. 

“It’s stunning (Prime Minister Justin Trudeau) believes this is the way to go,” Souris-Moose Mountain MP Robert Kitchen said. “When we look at the riding of Souris-Moose Mountain, we have law-abiding gun owners who are doing the things they should be doing. For me, (the existing gun laws were) working and the avenues were there. It’s about protecting Canadians and ensuring they are safe in their homes and communities. Those provisions are already there under Section 5 of the Firearms Act.”
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Conservative MP wants term ‘assault rifle’ out of the Commons, where it’s barely used

Tim Naumetz | iPolitics.ca | March 12, 2021

Alberta Conservative MP David Yurgida drew attention in his Fort-McMurray – Cold Lake electoral district this week with an unusual petition urging the House of Commons to ban the term “assault rifle.”

However, while a former senior clerk in the Commons says it would be possible to amend House rules to stifle freedom of speech that parliamentarians guard protectively, data drawn from Parliament’s record of debates, Hansard, does not reveal a pressing need to crack down on one of the most contentious descriptions in Canada’s political battle over gun control.

While former Commons procedural clerk Thomas Hall said a ban in House debate is possible, it is also unlikely.

“They could put it in the rules, but they won’t do that,” Hall told iPolitics. “That would be too controversial. In theory, they could pass a rule to that effect; and the Speaker would then start trying to enforce it.”

“But they are not going to do that,” Hall continued. “There would have to be majority support for the rule change. The only words that are banned now are words that the Speaker bans because they disrupt the proceedings.
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David Yurdiga, M.P.
Fort McMurray–Cold Lake (AB)

Petition the House of Commons to ban the
term "assault rifle"

Whereas:

The term "assault rifle" was created by anti-gun groups to scare people and demonize firearm owners. The term doesn't focus on the functionality of the firearm but rather scary looking features such as pistol grips or collapsible stocks that can be added to any firearm;

The "assault rifle" ban targets law-abiding firearm owners and does not address the root cause of gun crime, gang violence and gun smuggling;

The term "assault rifle" is inaccurate, unscientific and misleading.

We, the citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to stop using the term "assault rifle" when referring to firearms.

Will you sign?
British Columbia –
Zimmer calls provincial gun legislation ‘off target’

John Flatters | Energeticcity.ca | March 11, 2021

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – MP Bob Zimmer says the proposed provincial legislation targeting illegal firearms creates more problems than it solves, especially for law-abiding gun owners.

On March 4th, the NDP government proposed a Firearm Violence Prevention Act, which public safety minister Mike Farnworth says would have little to no impact on law-abiding gun owners.

Zimmer says having provincial and federal legislation does a disservice to the community.

“When one is a provincial law, one is a federal law, and they’re different. If they were all the same, it wouldn’t be an issue, but with these differences, it gets to be confusing,” says Zimmer.

The bill proposes measures that target imitation firearms, stiffer penalties for motorists transporting illegal firearms, as well as better record-keeping at gun ranges.
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Ottawa mom shocked to discover Canada Post delivered shotgun to 11-year-old son

News Staff | toronto.citynews.com | March 12, 2021

An Ottawa woman says she was surprised to discover a 12-gauge shotgun delivered into the hands of her 11-year-old son during a
postal mixup.

Dawna – whose last name we’re withholding for her privacy – says she was working from home and unable to answer the door when Canada Post showed up with a delivery. After her son received the package from the postal carrier, she was shocked to see the contents in the box.

“Mom, you’ve got to see this! There’s a gun!” he said.

“Someone can order a weapon online, that’s one thing,” said Dawna, who admits she is not anti-gun. “But that there’s no verification that it’s the same person who ordered the weapon is actually receiving it? That to me is concerning.”

MP Wagantall Hosts Town Hall Meeting about Firearms

Gary Horseman, Reporter at Four-Town Journal | WellandTribune.ca | March 13, 2021

Cathay Wagantall MP for Yorkton-Mellville recently held a Townhall Meeting on Zoom with Blaine Calkins, MP and Bob Zimmer, MP, they took on a hot topic across the country regarding firearms control. 

MP Wagantall informed that “My Conservative colleagues Blaine Calkins and Bob Zimmer joined me for a Zoom town hall meeting on recent Liberal firearms legislation (Bill C-21 and C-22). These two men have such a wealth of knowledge on these bills, and I’m thankful for their time. Thanks to all who attended, as well as for your questions.” 
'Flabbergasted': Edmonton police encountering deadlier guns on city streets 

Dylan Short | Edmonton Journal | March 13, 2021

The head of Edmonton’s police union is raising flags over the number and types of guns officers are encountering, from sawed-off shotguns to AK-47 rifles.

Sgt. Mike Elliott, president of the Edmonton Police Association, said when he used to be a front-line officer, it was rare to find guns while conducting regular business such as a traffic stop or an arrest. Now, he said it appears to happen almost daily, such as during a recent routine traffic stop that turned up a Typhoon F12 semiautomatic shotgun and an AK-47.

“Why is it, every day, there’s a gun being recovered?” said Elliott. “Now we’re seeing more sophisticated weapons. Like I said, never heard of an AK-47 (in Edmonton) and this other weapon that was there. So you’re getting really high, powerful weapons and high-calibre weapons that we’re encountering.”

Edmonton police data shows firearm seizures have held steady over the past three years. In 2018, police seized 1,030 firearms; the next year, they confiscated 1,194, and in 2020, they grabbed 1,125 off the streets.


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Supreme Court of Canada to review mandatory minimum penalties for armed robbery 

The Canadian Press | Ottawa Citizen | March 11, 2021

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada will examine minimum sentences for armed robbery, the second case involving mandatory firearms penalties the top court has recently agreed to hear.

The latest decision flows from two matters that were considered together by Alberta’s Court of Appeal following convictions.

In the first case, Ocean Hilbach pleaded guilty to a 2017 robbery in Edmonton while using a prohibited firearm, which carried a minimum sentence of five years.
In the second, Curtis Zwozdesky pleaded guilty to a 2016 robbery with a gun in Caslan, Alta., an offence with a minimum penalty of four years.

In each case the mandatory minimum penalties for these offences were declared unconstitutional — decisions upheld by the Court of Appeal in a ruling last September.

As usual, the Supreme Court gave no reasons for consenting to hear the Crown’s application for review. No date has been set for a hearing.

Last month the top court agreed to look at the constitutionality of a mandatory minimum penalty of four years in prison for recklessly firing a gun.

When police don't knock

Commando-style no-knock police raids on homes are supposed to be rare. But an investigation by CBC's The Fifth Estate has found they happen daily in Canada, leaving a trail of trauma and, in the worst cases, death.

Zach Dubinsky, Judy Trinh and Virginia Smart | CBC News | March 13, 2021

I. The raid

It was after midnight. Peter Schneider was asleep at home with his wife, Melissa Wiseman. That evening, they had celebrated her birthday with their kids. Dinner at Montana's. Cake. An Adam Sandler movie. Two of the kids' friends were sleeping over.

Suddenly, a loud bang erupted from downstairs. A voice rang out over a bullhorn. It was Ottawa police, commanding Schneider and Wiseman to come outside.

Wiseman went downstairs first. Schneider walked to the bedroom window and saw an armoured vehicle on his lawn and a clutch of officers in combat gear, their guns out.

"My heart was pounding through the roof. I thought to myself, like, what could I have possibly done to have a SWAT team kick my door down?" he said.

He threw on boxers and a tank top and headed down to the front stoop.

"They asked me to put my hands up, so I did. They asked me to turn around, I did."

The officers then told him to walk down the steps backwards. He did. They had him turn around again. Then they told him to get on his hands and knees and crawl across the front lawn to the curb.

Damien Kurek, Member of Parliament
Battle River–Crowfoot, AB
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Trudeau’s Gun Hypocrisy  

Damien Kurek | Hanna Harold | March 10, 2021

Canada’s Conservatives have been working hard to fight the Liberals’ flawed firearms policies. In this column, I want to bring you up to date with the most recent developments. Many of you will recall that last year the Liberals introduced an Order In Council (OIC) banning 1,500 firearms without debate, stating that legislation would soon follow. However, it was not until last month that Liberal Public Safety Minister, Bill Blair introduced Bill C-21, making a series of changes to firearms laws in Canada.

These developments highlight a number of troubling trends about the way the Liberals approach both firearms and public safety. Before addressing some of the specifics of Bill C-21 I want to talk about this hypocrisy. This was highlighted on January 27th of this year, when the Liberal Party voted against Conservative Bill-238. This particular bill would have increased penalties against those who use an illegally smuggled firearm for the purposes of committing a crime.

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Montreal to spend $1.4 million on community groups in areas plagued by gun violence

"Montreal remains one of the safest cities in North America, but we want it to stay that way," Mayor Valérie Plante said. 

Montreal Gazette | March 10, 2021

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante announced Wednesday that the city will be spending $1.4 million to fund community groups in boroughs that have been the scenes of gun violence.

The funding will be directed to the boroughs of Montreal North, Rivière-des-Prairies—Pointe-aux-Trembles and St-Léonard as well as the neighbourhood of St-Michel. The money will support organizations developing community-level projects to “reinforce urban safety, and improve the quality of life for those neighbourhoods that have been grappling with violent incidents over the past few months.”

As she announced the funding during a meeting of the city’s executive committee, Plante also repeated her calls that the provincial and federal governments do their part to curb the growing scourge of gun violence in Montreal and other cities.
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RCMP intercepts 249 disassembled handguns in car near Quebec-New York border 

The weapons weren't assembled, but even possession of their
component parts is a crime in Canada. 

Montreal Gazette | March 9, 2021

A 24-year-old Sherbrooke resident appeared in court Monday to face a slew of firearms charges after the RCMP seized 249 unassembled Glock pistols last Friday from a vehicle intercepted near Dundee, Que.

The federal police force announced on Tuesday that the seizure occurred after a suspicious vehicle was intercepted near Beaver Rd., a road that ends just before the U.S. border crossing in New York state.

The seizure occurred during a border surveillance operation. A search of the vehicle and its trailer yielded five hockey equipment bags containing 249 disassembled and prohibited Glock Polymer 80 (P80) PF940C handguns.

Police said all of the parts needed to make the weapons operational were present in the seizure, although even simple possession of the individual parts themselves is deemed illegal under the Criminal Code of Canada.
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U.S. House passes bill to expand background checks for gun sales 

Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | The Globe and Mail | March 12, 2021

Emboldened by their majorities in the House and Senate, Democrats are making a new push to enact the first major new gun control laws in more than two decades – starting with stricter background checks.

The House passed two bills Thursday to require background checks on all firearms sales and transfers and to allow an expanded 10-day review for gun purchases. Similar bills were passed by the House in 2019, shortly after Democrats won the majority, but languished in the GOP-controlled Senate for the next two years.

Democrats now hold the Senate, as well, giving the party hope as the legislation will at least be considered. But the bills would need significant bipartisan support to pass.

The renewed push is the latest effort by Democrats – and some Republicans – who have repeatedly tried, and failed, to pass tougher gun control laws since the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that killed 20 children and six educators. While enhanced background checks are generally popular with the American public, even with some conservatives, Congress has so far not been able to find compromise on the issue. It is unclear whether Senate Democrats could find deep enough support among Republicans to pass new gun control legislation in a 50-50 Senate, as they would need 60 votes to do so.
Democrat’s Secret Hidden Intent Behind Anti-Gun Bill H.R. 8 ~ VIDEO

Dan Wos | Ammoland Inc. | March 15, 2021

USA – -(AmmoLand.com) There’s a lot of talk about the H.R. 8 anti-gun bill that just passed the House of Representatives. This would, in fact, be a back-door gun registry; but we find much more devious intentions when we read between the lines of this potential legislation.

The Democrats’ H.R. 8 bill has two purposes.

  1. Create a gun registry. Our government has no business knowing who has guns and where they’re located, which may be why they so desperately want to be able to do exactly that.
  2. Deny and Delay the gun-ownership of lawful American citizens. This would be achieved through a system that is already flawed and often leaves law-abiding citizens unarmed and defenseless.
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Americans bought guns in record numbers in 2020 -- and the surge is continuing

Martin Savidge and Maria Cartaya | CTV News | March 14, 2021

Gun sales in the United States reached a record level last year, with the biggest increases in background checks for firearms overlapping with months of social and political unrest, according to industry and government data.

Industry data and firearms background checks show nearly 23 million guns were purchased in 2020, according to Small Arms Analytics, a consulting firm based in Greenville, South Carolina.

That's a 65 per cent increase compared with 2019, when 13.9 million guns were sold, according to Small Arms Analytics.


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Ban on 205 Different ‘Assault Weapons’ Introduced
by Sen. Feinstein

Jack Phillips | The Epoch Times | March 12, 2021

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Thursday introduced a ban on more than 200 “assault weapons” after the House passed two gun-control measures pertaining to background checks.

Her bill (pdf), called the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2021,” is co-sponsored by 34 Senate Democrats and would ban ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds—similar to the bans on magazines in New York state and California.

According to the legislation, which was also introduced in the House by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), the ban would encompass more than 205 rifles. Feinstein’s bill would allow current owners of the guns to retain possession of them. If that gun is transferred, a person has to undergo an FBI background check before getting the firearm.

The bill also bans any weapon that has the capacity to use a magazine that isn’t a fixed ammunition magazine and has one or more characteristics such as a pistol grip, forward grip, a threaded barrel, a folding or telescoping stock, or a barrel shroud.
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Rise in gun crime despite government clampdown
after terror attack

Ben Strang, | RNZ.co.nz | March 15, 2021

The government's clampdown on firearms and seizures of high-powered semi-automatic weapons has had no impact on a rise in gun crime and violence in New Zealand.

Today marks the second anniversary of the Christchurch terror attacks, in which military style semi-automatic weapons, purchased legally, were used to gun down 51 innocent worshippers.

That sparked tougher gun laws and the much debated firearms buy-back.
But in 2020, gun crime hit a new peak.

Police figures show 2399 people were charged with 4542 firearm-related offences, nearly double that of a decade earlier.

In total, 1862 firearms were seized under sections 6 or 18 of the Search and Surveillance Act, more than double the 860 that were seized a decade earlier.

ACT MP Nicole McKee said the government had made the wrong moves when it came to firearms reform since the 15 March attack.

"What we're looking at is a piece of rushed legislation, or two pieces of rushed legislation, that went through so fast that the unintended consequences of doing that are starting to be realised, and of course the effects that we're seeing are a less safer community."

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Another firearms policy disaster begins in Ottawa

Jerry Hamonic | Kamloops This Week | March 10, 2021

Editor:

What is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s obsession with firearms?

If he did his homework, he would learn that in the past 20 years, there have been fewer than 100 people with a firearms licence that have committed a crime using their firearm.

We all remember the Liberal Party’s long gun registry (Bill C-68) in 1995, a total disaster that closed after 16 years at a cost of $2 billion of taxpayers’ money.

What Trudeau is doing is an old political tactic — get the people talking about something else so they will not talk about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and his handling of it.

I know which party I will not be voting for in the next federal election.

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