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5TH ANNUAL OUTDOOR CAUCUS "PARLIAMENTARY DAY AT THE RANGE" A HUGE SUCCESS

(By: Team CSSA E-News - June 10, 2016)

June 7th dawned ominously. Rain clouds, high winds and cold temperatures threatened to wash out the 5th annual “Parliamentary Day at the Range.” However, by 8 a.m. the threat of bad weather had lifted, and we had a green light for one of the largest non-partisan events on Parliament Hill.

And large it was: 101 MPs, Senators and senior staff assembled at Stittsville Shooting Ranges to partake in a exciting morning enjoying the best of the shooting sports. This event, the brainchild of the CSSA and the Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus Association of Canada, has grown in popularity every year since its inception.

Members of all the major political parties tried out everything from handguns and black rifles to long-range target shooting and trap/skeet. Smiles were very much in evidence.

There was a special surprise appearance by the Leader of the Official Opposition, the Hon. Rona Ambrose, M.P.  She handily proved that her prowess with a .32 ACP Walther PPK was the equal of her considerable political skills. The Hon. Kellie Leitch, one of the leadership frontrunners, also tried every firearm she could and thoroughly enjoyed herself. Judging from her targets, Dr. Leitch is a straight shooter too.

Indeed shooting skills were found across all political parties. NDP MP Christine Moore proved to all that she is no stranger to precise shot placement. Liberal MP Gudie Hutchings showed us how it was done in northern Newfoundland. And, honestly, who knew that the Hon. Peter Kent, MP, had such amazing shooting skills?

The ranges were certainly busy.  Businesses with the CSAAA held over their wares and displays from the “CSAAA Dealers Day” on June 6th. These businesses generously provided guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition for the event. A special thanks to Alison de Groot for so capably assisting in this huge task.
In all, the 5th Annual "Parliamentary Day at the Range" was an unqualified success. Phil Morlock, Chair of the Outdoor Caucus Association of Canada said: “I believe that events like this do more to remove the false impressions and Hollywood negative stigma that surround firearms, hunting and sport shooting than any other approach.”

The CSSA believes this too. No one leaves a shooting range without a smile. Once again, we walk the walk and get it done.

Thank you to the OCAC members and board, the CSAAA members, board and staff, Cindy, Sam, Angela and of course, Linda and Lisa Conley at the Stittsville Shooting Ranges for their amazing and generous support of this incredible event. And let’s not forget the amazing participation and competent professionalism of our CSSA board, staff, RSOs and volunteers. 

Well done Team CSSA!

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QUEBEC TO GET ITS OWN LONG-GUN REGISTRY - BILL 64 COASTS THROUGH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY VOTE WITH CROSS-PARTY SUPPORT

(By CBC News | June 9, 2016)

 A bill that will allow Quebec to create its own gun registry has earned the overwhelming support of the National Assembly.

MNAs voted 99 to eight in favor of replacing the long-gun registry that was dismantled by the federal government in 2012.

The new law will require all firearms in the province to have a serial number, which will then be inscribed in a database.

All the votes against the registry came from members of the Coalition Avenir Québec, though 10 Liberal MNAs were noticeable by their absence.

The bill faced stiff opposition from Quebec's gun lobby, which had organized several protests outside the offices of rural MNAs. 

See the story: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-gun-control-registry-bill-64-1.3625425

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Harper Government announces new provisions of the Common Sense Firearms Licencing Act are coming into force  

July 31, 2015     Ottawa, Ontario          Public Safety Canada  

Today, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Steven Blaney, announced the coming into force of two additional provisions under the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act.
Effective September 2, 2015, these changes to the Firearms Act will come into force:

  • The elimination of the Possession Only Licence (POL) and conversion of all existing POLs to Possession and Acquisition Licences (PALs); and
  • The Authorization to Transport (ATT) becoming a condition of a licence for certain routine and lawful activities.

The elimination of the POL and conversion of all existing POLs to PALs simplifies the firearms licencing regime by eliminating one type of licence for adults. Specifically, it provides the roughly 530,000 holders of Possession Only Licences (POL) with acquisition privileges, formerly reserved for Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) holders. POL holders will be authorized to acquire the types of firearms they are currently authorized to possess. The conversion of existing POLs to PALs will happen automatically with no action required by holders of valid POLs.  
Currently, firearms owners apply to a Chief Firearms Officer (CFO) when they wish to transport restricted and prohibited firearms, and they carry the ATT as a separate document. The changes to the ATT provision mean that an ATT will be automatically attached as a condition on a licence. Therefore licence holders will no longer have to apply separately in order to transport those firearms to certain routine activities such as target shooting; taking a firearm home after a transfer; going to a gunsmith, gun show, a Canadian port of exit or a peace officer or a CFO for verification, registration or disposal.
Quick Facts

  • Authorizations to Transport are not required for non-restricted firearms.
  • These two additional provisions are now added to the ones that came into force last June under the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code to do the following:
    • Make classroom participation in firearms safety courses mandatory for first-time license applicants;
    • Clarify that the discretionary authority of Chief Firearms Officers is subject to the regulations;
    • Strengthen the Criminal Code provisions relating to orders prohibiting the possession of firearms where a person is convicted of an offence involving domestic violence; and
    • Provide the Governor in Council with the authority to prescribe firearms to be non-restricted or restricted (such prescribing would be informed by independent expert advice).

Quotes
“The coming into force of these important changes under the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act once again delivers on our government’s promise to support law-abiding firearms owners. Together, these measures aim to streamline licensing and eliminate needless red tape. My foremost priority is keeping the public safe through common sense policies. Our government will always stand-up for law abiding hunters, farmers and sport-shooters.” 
 The Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness


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The Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act receives Royal Assent

June 18, 2015               Ottawa, Ontario             Public Safety Canada
Today, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Steven Blaney, highlighted the Royal Assent of the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act.
The Act amends the Criminal Code and the Firearms Act and advances the Harper Government’s goal of improving the safety of our communities while ensuring safe and sensible firearms policies and cutting red tape for law-abiding firearms owners.
Quick Facts

  • Effective immediately, these changes to the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code do the following:
    • Make classroom participation in firearms safety courses mandatory for first-time licence applicants;
    • Provide for the discretionary authority of Chief Firearms Officers (CFOs) to be subject to the regulations;
    • Strengthen the Criminal Code provisions relating to orders prohibiting the possession of firearms where a person is convicted of an offence involving domestic violence; and
    • Provide the Governor in Council with the authority to prescribe firearms to be non-restricted or restricted (such prescribing would be informed by independent expert advice).
  • Within the next several months, upon a date fixed by an order in council, the following changes will come into effect:
    • Creation of a six-month grace period at the end of the five-year licence period to stop people from immediately becoming criminalized for paperwork delays around license renewals;   
    • Elimination of the Possession Only Licence (POL) and conversion of all existing POLs to Possession and Acquisition Licences (PALs);
    • Authorizations to Transport become a condition of a licence for certain routine and lawful activities such as target shooting; taking a firearm home after a transfer; going to a gunsmith, gun show, a Canadian port of exit; or a peace officer or a Chief Firearms Officer (CFO) for verification, registration or disposal; and
    • Sharing of firearms import information when restricted and prohibited firearms are imported into Canada by businesses.

Quotes
“At the heart of our Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act is increased safety for Canadians and restoring respect for Canadian heritage activities like hunting and sport shooting. This Bill addresses both these aspects and delivers on our government’s promise that hunters, farmers and sports-shooters will no longer be treated like second-class citizens.”
- The Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness


I am very pleased at the government's Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act (C-42) as it is a needed step towards reforming our costly and useless firearms regulations.  A few of the initiatives included in it are particularly helpful; specifically, introducing a grace period for renewing gun licenses, limiting the powers of provincial Chief Firearms Officers, and upgrading possession only licenses (POL) to the status of possession-and-acquisition (PAL) licenses. POL holders earned this upgrade as they have been law abiding since they received their licence.
- Gary Mauser, Professor Emeritus, Simon Fraser University


“The passing of the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act will go a long way to restore some dignity back to the firearms community of Canada. For the past 20 years the existing legislation has made paper criminals of people who use firearms for recreation and gave power to some of those in charge of the system the ability to abuse it. The positive changes in this act will hopefully attract hunters and shooters who gave up on our sports back again. Our thanks go out to Minister Steven Blaney and the Prime Minister Harper for their foresight, and we look forward to more rational change in the future.”
- Tony Rodgers, Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters


“We appreciate this effort to streamline the overly complicated firearms licensing regulations which have created such an unjustified burden on so many of our member businesses and  customers. The fishing tackle industry and the millions of Canadians who fish, hunt and enjoy target shooting all benefit from this common sense legislation.” 
- Phil Morlock, Chair, Government Affairs Committee, Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association


"On behalf of our 100,000 members, supporters and subscribers, and our 725 member clubs across the province, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, congratulates Minister Blaney on the passage of Bill C-42.  The legislation is another example of the Harper government's ongoing commitment to reduce red tape and bring common sense to firearms regulations in Canada."
- Greg Farrant, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
“Quebec hunters are very satisfied with Bill C-42, since it simplifies the licencing procedures for users who comply with the law, while reinforcing the safety and educational aspects that are paramount for the Fédération québécoise des chasseurs et pêcheurs (FédéCP). Furthermore, FédéCP is happy about monitoring and the success of the firearms safety course for first-time weapon holders, thanks to this Bill. It will no longer be possible to challenge the exam for the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) alone. To obtain a hunter’s certificate in Quebec, participants were already required to take the CFSC course. Merging Possession Only Licences and Possession and Acquisition Licences, and introducing a six-month grace period for renewing the latter will enable us to avoid criminal charges for simple administrative errors. FédéCP also agrees with reinforcing the prohibition of firearms for individuals convicted of domestic violence, and admits that the government should invest its efforts in creating social awareness and crime prevention programs. In summary, changes to this Bill are facilitating elements for perpetuating hunting in Quebec, while reinforcing safety, which is paramount for FédéCP.”
- Fédération québécoise des chasseurs et pêcheurs


The Canadian Shooting Sports Association is very pleased that Bill C-42, the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act, has become law. From coast to coast, lawful Canadians applaud the Harper government's continued progress towards firearms fairness. 
- Tony Bernardo, Executive Director, CSSA