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Gun owners asks feds to put Chief Firearms Offices out to pasture

Below is a media release issued by The Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) regarding the most recent attempt by non-elected beaurocrats to withhold rights from law abiding tax payers.


Like the petulant child who didn’t get his own way, the CFOs across the country appear to be attempting to make up the rules as they go along here.


I speak from experience here, as I will be in court at the end of March in an attempt to get the BC CFO to comply with the law and issue a Concealed Carry permit that would allow me to protect myself when I go hiking in the back country to protect myself against bears, coyotes and other assorted wildlife.  Concealed carry permits are currently issued to Prospectors for that very reason, but apparently because I am a business person, some government rocket scientist has determined that my life is worth less than a prospector and thus I have been denied  the right to CC permit.


It is cases like mine, and the one described in the CSSA media release that follows here that once again demonstrate how it is imperative that that the people of Canada – regardless of whether you are a gun owner – who believe in basic rights for all should be joining organizations like the CSSA to show the politicians that taxpayers will not put up with having civil servants arbitrarily take the law into their own hands by making up the rules on a whim.  Details on the petition currently being circulated by the CSSA are in the following release.  Sign it.  Take a stand.  See you in Calgary!


Ridiculous gun show rules prompt nationwide petition to shut down CFO for good

(Toronto ON – March 6, 2013) The Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) is spearheading a parliamentary petition that seeks to eliminate chief firearms offices across the country.


This week, the Alberta CFO has ruled that all firearms on display at the Calgary Gun Show must be equipped with trigger locks, in lieu of the inexpensive plastic tie straps that have been affixed to triggers for over a decade. The CSSA says these and other unnecessary rules created by unelected CFOs usurp Parliament and outrage responsible firearms owners.


Cheryl Gallant, M.P. for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke has agreed to table a petition in the House of Commons. Last month, CSSA spokesman Tony Bernardo filed a court action against the Ontario Chief Firearms Office (CFO) for imposing unnecessary new Authorization to Transport regulations. Those rules made transporting firearms to a shooting range excessively onerous. The case has been remanded to April 9th.


These games the CFOs are playing are nothing more than a temper tantrum in reply to scrapping the gun registry,” explains Bernardo. “Their silly rules have nothing to do with public safety. But, they have poked the lion too often. All sport shooters want them gone because they serve no real public safety purpose. ”


It’s beyond belief that participants in the Calgary Gun Show should have to put expensive trigger locks on their unloaded display samples,” he adds. “With hundred of tables displaying thousands of guns, there probably aren’t enough locks in the country to comply and the CFO knows it. They’re hoping one of two things will happen. Either firearms manufacturers and retailers will fold up their tents and go home, or their “failure to comply” will allow CFOs to finally execute their not-sohidden

agenda – confiscation. This is more than dirty pool – it’s cheating an entire industry with rules that ruin their livelihood. It’s time the CFOs were sent out to pasture where they belong.”


The petition asks the federal government to eliminate the provincial and territorial chief firearms office and establish a single civilian agency that is administrative and service oriented.


The firearms community will provide thousands of names to Ms. Gallant for her to table in the House of Commons,” says Bernardo. “She has been a good friend to sport shooters over the years. We hope the federal government will use this opportunity to cut red tape for our community. It has absolutely no effect on public safety.”


Sport shooting is a culture of safety,” Bernardo adds. “Getting rid of the Chief Firearms Offices could put money back into the system for legitimate initiatives that actually would keep Canadians safer. The CFOs are struggling for relevance and we are tired of them making up new rules that require additional enforcement. These selfish make-work projects must end.”