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10/22 Magazine Update
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Lost Police Magazines and the Civilian Dilemma
Way back on January 10, 2018, news broke of a Winnipeg police officer who lost a magazine filled with ammunition for his service weapon. Pistol magazines are difficult to find once they fall out of an officer’s duty belt. They are black plastic, less than 15 cm long and 5 cm wide and are hard to see in low vegetation, even in broad daylight.
One aspect of the story is not that a police officer lost a handgun magazine, which happens. Not often, but it happens. The thing is, the officer has no idea where he lost the magazine, let alone when. The best estimate is December 28, 2017, and January 2, 2018 –– six full days before the officer noticed the magazine was missing.
Is it disturbing that police and news outlets told anyone who found the lost magazine and ammunition to bring it to the nearest police station?
This is the Winnipeg police counselling citizens to commit a crime, as the missing police pistol magazine is a prohibited device under Canadian law. Possession of a prohibited device is a crime under Section 92(3) of the Criminal Code of Canada, punishable, on first offence, by “imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years.”
Would police charge a person with possessing a prohibited device if they are returning a lost police magazine? Almost definitely not, but a ten-year prison term is a big chance to take, even if the odds are only 1 per cent. One would be better to stand beside the lost item and call police to retrieve it themselves. If you do not possess the prohibited device, you cannot be charged. Erring on the side of caution is probably the smartest move.
Of course, this also begs the question: if the item is so innocuous that police would advise citizens, without firearms licenses, to physically pick it up and deliver it to the nearest police station, is it really so dangerous it must be prohibited? Ah, you say, it must be inserted in a pistol. But still nothing happens. Of course, a person has to pull the trigger, right? So really, the danger is in the person, not the pistol, and certainly not the magazine. So why is it prohibited and a mere 10 round mag is a non-regulated gun part? Are only the rounds over 10 dangerous? These are really stupid laws.
Just a few days ago, another Winnipeg police officer lost a magazine for his service pistol. This time, thankfully, the officer noticed almost immediately, and reported the loss within 3 hours of it happening, between 10 p.m. February 4 and 1 a.m. February 5, 2018.
Once again, police and media asked anyone who found the magazine to return it to the nearest police station.
We advise erring on the side of caution. If you find the missing magazines and ammunition, call the police non-emergency line and give them the location of the lost items. Let police retrieve them instead.
In last week’s poll, it was pointed out to us that we neglected to include two of our greatest threats, the UN and the Canadian media. So we’d like to ask how you feel about these two groups, in relation to the most identified foe of gun ownership in Canada, the Canadian government. So…
Who do you think is the greatest threat to Canada’s gun owners:
The Canadian Media: 39.7%
The Canadian Government: 50.3%
The United Nations: 10%
CHERYL GALLANT M.P. –
A MEMBER WRITES TO US
I watched, with interest, a video that outlined the circumstances of CPC MP Cheryl Gallant’s pin honouring military spouses for their sacrifices, especially for those deployed on operations overseas.
It brought back a memory from 1987, during my training to become a Military Policeman. When we finished training week, a few of us went to the golf club on base for a beer or two as Stress Reduction Therapy. When we arrived, a woman sat on the curb, alone and visibly distressed. The other guys went inside but I passed on a beer to sit down on the curb with her.
She was a Member’s or Officer’s dependent wife. Her husband’s absence, away on deployment for several months, was extremely hard on her. The separation and isolation she felt was huge. Spouses were secondary to operational commitments and they bore then, as now, much of familial responsibility.
As an 18 year old, I was hardly versed on life or what she was going through. All I could do was sit by her side and listen. Eventually I suggested the only thing I knew, that visiting with a Padre could help, as as he would know of resources to help her.
I don’t know if she ever followed my suggestion. I hope so. Or at least had a friendly ear as she vented her feelings and anxiety helped.
My point is this. Military spouses are a huge reason for the success of their member spouses. They deserve our support and recognition for the huge sacrifices they make to our military. They earn our respect, as evidenced by Cheryl Gallant’s actions to honour them.
This recognition, arranged by Cheryl Gallant when she was properly informed of the situation, means everything to these spouses in terms of showing them they are not alone, and we support them.
That’s where it counts – supporting those who support the brave men and women who put their lives on the line for us. They do their part and, with our support, can continue to do so with dignity and honour, without being reduced to sitting alone on a curb, lost and tearfully demoralized.
In my experience, this is good, responsible leadership worthy of respect.
Good job, Cheryl Gallant!
– Pete R.
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“Inuit hunters cannot be over burdened by bureaucratic measures that may penalize the exercise of their right to harvest under the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement,” the brief said.
Even beyond Nunavik’s land claim, Delisle Alaku said the registry is simply inaccessible to Nunavimmiut, the majority of whom don’t speak French, though owners can register their firearms in English.
“They need to be able to accommodate unilingual hunters,” he said.
Delisle Alaku acknowledged the need to teach Nunavimmiut the proper use and storage of their weapons.
But he said a newer generation of hunters are buying and registering their weapons and taking gun safety courses offered through the Kativik Regional Government.
Nunavik’s MNA, Jean Boucher, said he hopes the one-year grace period will give his government the time to accommodate Nunavik’s gun owners.
Boucher said the province would like to see the registry managed by a regional organization, which could do outreach to gun owners across Nunavik.
“We know that gun use is different in the region,” he said. “And we don’t want Nunavimmiut under infraction because they own guns. It has to be explained in Inuktitut.”
Boucher said he’s been in contact with both the Kativik Regional Government and Makivik about creating a local office to oversee the registry. But Quebec has not considered offering an exemption to the region, he noted.
“There are many gun-related incidents in the region,” Boucher said, “and the police need that information.”
Canada’s federal gun registry was born in the years following the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre, when 14 women were shot and killed in their Montreal classroom.
Quebec then tabled legislation to create its own registry, which passed in 2016.
The Quebec government has since fought to keep its own records from the federal registry, which was set to be destroyed, though that data remains sealed pending the outcome of court challenges.
Quebec’s public security minister, Martin Coiteux, has said the registry is in place to ensure that police know who owns guns in the province and where they are located, information, he said, could “prevent so many tragedies.”
The Toronto Sportsmen’s Show is being hosted at the International Centre in Mississauga and continues the exciting five-day format.
Show dates are March 14-18, 2018. Doors open at 10 a.m.
Visit us at BOOTH 1163. Stop by and chat with our representatives and staff. Of course, some lucky participant of our draw will be taking home a brand new firearm at the end of the show.
The International Centre is located at 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON.
Show Hours: Wednesday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Parking is FREE!
As always, we are looking for CSSA people who want to help out and become more involved — this is one of those chances! If you want to help out at the CSSA booth at the Sportsmen’s Show, please email Mike Duynhoven at [email protected] and let him know what days and time frames you want to help out.
By Ted Bromund | The Daily Signal | February 4, 2018
The United Nations will have a busy year in 2018 on the firearms front. That’s not good news for anyone in the U.S. who buys firearms. When it comes to the U.N. and guns, the best form of action is always inaction.
Worse, manufacturers and importers at this year’s SHOT Show—the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show, organized by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry, which ran from Jan. 23 to 26—believe they’re starting to see the results of past U.N. anti-gun efforts.
Bottom line: there are more problems for U.S. gun importers, while China gets a free pass on a critical issue.
The first headline event for the U.N. in 2018 will be, in June, a Review Conference of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects. The program is usually (and mercifully) known as the PoA.
Then, in August, will come the annual Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty, the 2013 ATT, which nominally requires nations to impose new controls on international shipments of arms.
The PoA, as even its defenders concede, is useless. But a review conference offers opportunities for mischief. At a normal PoA meeting, nations merely report on their implementation of the program. But at a review conference, nations can try to supplement it.
The biennial report of the U.N. secretary-general on small arms and light weapons, issued in December, leaves little doubt about activists’ priority for 2018: to have ammunition included in the PoA, even though ammunition already has its own instrument, the harmless International Ammunition Technical Guidelines.
The impracticality of focusing on a consumable commodity like ammunition, of which tens of billions of rounds are produced annually, will not deter the activists.
The program is also likely to return to an obsession with marking and tracing modular firearms—such as the AR type of firearm popular in the U.S.—and with polymer (i.e. plastic) and 3-D printed firearms. These are, at best, niche issues, if they are issues at all.
What the PoA is guaranteed not to do is to eliminate the exemption that allows China to leave its firearms unmarked in any meaningful way, thereby making them nearly impossible to trace.
Getting rid of the Chinese exemption would be a genuinely useful step, but the program is not about doing useful things. The best the U.S. can do, therefore, is to try and ensure that it does nothing at all. The U.S. certainly cannot agree to any obligation to do the impossible by tracing every bullet the nation produces.
The Arms Trade Treaty conference in August, fortunately, should be less fraught. The treaty is now, on its own terms, an obvious failure—nations are not paying their dues or filing required reports.
The only thing left for the U.S. to do is for President Donald Trump to “unsign” it, and leave those nations that wish to keep on pretending to take it seriously to pay for their meetings on their own.
But just because the Arms Trade Treaty is accomplishing nothing useful doesn’t mean the U.N.’s efforts are having no impact on the U.S. The most disturbing thing I learned at the SHOT Show was that U.S.
importers were having increasing difficulties—which they linked directly to the United Nations.
One firm that relies on imports of parts from India found that New Delhi—acting under the guidance of the International Small Arms Control Standards, yet another mischievous U.N. initiative—had impounded an entire shipment worth millions of dollars, on the grounds that these parts had to be controlled under a technical definition that India did not understand and which those who did found close to meaningless.
Other nations will no longer ship arms to the U.S.—even to the U.S. government.
Another firm that imports firearms from southeastern Europe now has only one reliable route off the continent—from Slovenia to Austria to the German port of Hamburg.
Many shipping firms departing from European ports will no longer take cargoes of arms—even when all export and transit licenses are in order—and even proper licenses do not always prevent cargoes from being seized en route. These problems began to appear after the Arms Trade Treaty, which requires controls on the transit of arms, entered into force.
Activists will no doubt celebrate these developments as victories. They should think again. As shipping by sea becomes harder, legitimate firms will be forced to turn to air freight—which offers an easier route for the unscrupulous.
If southeastern Europe does not sell its firearms to the U.S., those arms will find their way to conflicts in Africa or the Middle East.
And as it becomes harder to import parts and components, U.S. manufacturers will source domestically—as, indeed, they are already starting to do.
The fact is that the U.N.’s activities are inconveniencing only the legal trade and the most honest firms. Their effect on illicit trade is only to make smuggling more attractive.
That isn’t going to bother the activists, because while they complain about the illicit arms trade, they fundamentally regard all arms sales—domestic or international—as illegitimate, whether legal or not.
That’s just one more reason why the U.S. needs to be well-prepared to defend its interests during the U.N.’s busy year in firearms.
‘The Trump slump’: Remington files for bankruptcy as gun sales tumble
By Dominic Rushe in New York | The Guardian | February 13, 2018
With Trump in the White House, America’s gun manufacturers are in trouble after a golden era under Barack Obama
For 200 years, Remington has been one of the most famous names in guns, supplying arms to soldiers in the civil war, both world wars and to generations of gun enthusiasts. Now it has met its match: the gun-friendly presidency of Donald Trump.
After a golden era of sales under Barack Obama, America’s gun manufacturers are in trouble. Sales have tumbled, leaving the companies with too much stock on their hands and falling revenues. The crunch claimed its biggest victim this week when Remington filed for bankruptcy.
The move does not mean the end. Remington is using the US’s chapter 11 bankruptcy law to offload $700m of its $950m in debt, and to restructure the company. But it does underscore the level of distress in the industry.
In December, American Outdoor Brands, the owner of Smith & Wesson, reported that its profits had fallen 90% year over year, from $32m to just $3.2m. Sales fell 36%. Last October, Sturm Ruger, the US’s largest firearm manufacturer, announced its quarterly revenues had fallen 35%. Both companies will report their latest results shortly but neither is expected to announce a dramatic increase in sales.
“They call it the Trump slump,” said Robert Spitzer, a professor at the State University of New York at Cortland and the author of five books on guns.
“Gun sales have become politicized to a great degree,” he said. “Gun purchases recently have been made not just because someone wants a new product but to make a statement; not just because of fears that there might be tighter regulation but also to make a statement against Obama.”
With Trump in the White House, said Spitzer, gun sales had sharply defaulted to their long-term trend of declining ownership rates.
“Gun ownership has been declining since the 1970s and there are now fewer gun owners than ever,” said Spitzer. Fewer people are hunting, younger people are less interested in gun ownership and the gun industry has had little success in its attempts to appeal to women and minorities.
The US has the highest rate of gun ownership in the world with 88 guns for every 100 people. But just 3% of the population owns an average of 17 guns each, with an estimated 7.7 million super-owners in possession of 140 guns apiece.
The surge of gun purchases under Obama was largely driven by sales to existing gun owners. Sales spiked on Obama’s re-election and after his calls for new lawsin the wake of tragedies like the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults.
Remington, owned by Cerberus Capital Management, made the Bushmaster AR-15 style rifle that was used in the Connecticut shooting. The company is being sued by the parents of the victims in the Connecticut supreme court.
After the shooting, Cerberus, whose billionaire chief executive Stephen Feinberg was a major Trump supporter, came under pressure from its investors to sell Remington.
But Cerberus struggled to find a buyer for the company and settled for letting its investors sell their shares in the company. The bankruptcy agreement will let Cerberus sever its ties with Remington.
Mass shootings continued apace every year since 2012, including the worst attack in modern US history last year, when a gunman killed 58 people and himself in Las Vegas. But with no threat of tighter gun laws, the gun industry has not seen the sales boost that mass killings produced under the Obama administration.
Spitzer said there may be better news aheads for the gun companies. In November, Americans return to the polls again for midterm elections, raising the possibility of major gains by Democrats, given Trump’s historically low poll numbers and a pattern of poor performance for the president’s party in midterms.
“If the Democrats do well, the gun industry and the NRA [National Rifle Association] will no doubt use it as an opportunity to issue dire warnings about gun rights. Their aim is to press as many guns into the hands of as many people as possible,” Spitzer said.
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Up In Arms: German Small Arms Ownership Soars 85% In Under 2 Years
By Tyler Durden | ZeroHedge | February 3, 2018
Two years after your chancellor decides to admit over 1 million undocumented middle-eastern immigrants to boost the economy and instead gets a series of terrorist attacks in return, this is the outcome: “Germans are taking up arms of angst.”
According to Handelsblatt, demand in Germany for non-lethal weapons, including gas pistols, flare and stun guns, as well as pepper spray is on the rise. While in the US, the German magazine notes, every mass shooting is followed by yet another heated gun debate. in Germany gun-related crime is comparatively rare, but the issue of guns is increasingly in the forefront of political discussions.
That’s because sales of freely available arms are booming. The number of applications for small arms permits has set new records. In 2017, 557,560 people obtained such a license. In January 2016, only 300,949 people had a permit. This means ownership soared by a staggering 85% in just under two years.
Following the Paris terror attacks in 2015 and the sexual assaults on women on New Year’s Eve in Cologne the following month, demand for deterrent devices has taken off. “After the attacks in Paris on the Bataclan music venue in November 2015, a wave of uncertainty spilled over to Germany,” said Ingo Meinhard, director of the German association of gunsmiths and gun dealers.
Why the scramble for self-defense? “The fact that Germans are arming themselves might be rooted in a sense of deteriorating safety” Handelsblatt philosophically observes.
There is a growing feeling that the state cannot sufficiently protect its citizens and therefore they must protect themselves. Recent cuts to the police force contributed to the problem.
And, of course, there is the refugee problem. Some see the influx of refugees and migrants to Germany since 2015 as a trigger to a worsening security situation. The number of crime suspects classed as immigrants – including asylum seekers, refugees and illegal immigrants – rose to 174,438 in 2016, an increase of 52.7 percent from the previous year. Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said.
“This can’t be sugar-coated.”
Others are blaming, what else, “fake news.”
Some experts beg to differ. Although the increasing demand for small firearms proves that citizens feel unsafe, a lot of it comes down to distorted or exaggerated media reports and social media posts by populists, argued André Schulz, head of the Criminal Police Association. It’s not rationally justified and does not reflect the “objective risk situation,” he said.
At least they haven’t blamed Putin yet for Germany’s weaponization scramble.
As discussed previously, while Germany has strict gun control laws, it’s not difficult to obtain a license for non-lethal weapons. The applicant has to be at least 18 years old, though convicted felons, alcohol or drug addicts and people with a record of mental illness are barred. “The authorities examine the applicants thoroughly,” said Mr. Meinhard. “No one should be afraid of these people.”
However, Holger Stahlknecht, state interior minister in Saxony-Anhalt, isn’t convinced. He worries about the current trend and warns that arming oneself with small weapons can lead to a false sense of security. “Obviously, people believe they are buying safety with a small gun license,” he said.
“However, this sense of security is deceptive, since these weapons could escalate a situation and could even be used against the owner.”
One thing is clear: Germany is becoming increasingly militant in response to what many thought was a problem that ended when Merkel ended her “closed door” policy. And while for now the spike in self-defense measures is confined to non-lethal means, a few more terrorist attacks and this too will surely change.
A decathlon has 10 events, a heptathlon has seven and a triathlon has three. The biathlon, then, has just two. And an odd couple they are: cross-country skiing and shooting.
This eccentric competition has been contested in various forms since the 18th century and has been part of the Olympics since 1924 (when it was known, more descriptively, as the military ski patrol).
Biathlon today is a standard cross-country ski race with periodic interruptions in which the athletes pull a .22-caliber rifle off their backs, point it at a target and shoot. Missed targets mean racers have to ski a 150-meter penalty lap.
(The minimum weight of the rifle is 3.5 kilograms, or about 8 pounds.)
You might wonder how adding periodic shooting to a cross-country ski race could add excitement. But hold on.
In a typical cross-country skiing race, the top skiers get to the front very quickly. Maybe there’s a late pass or two, but usually you can identify the medalists early.
But in biathlon, the shooting aspect is a wild card that throws every race in doubt until near the finish. A leader who misses a shot or three can fall well back because of the penalty loops. A skier who appears to be out of it can hit every target and vault toward the front.
One of the incongruities of the sport is the drastic differences in the physical skill sets that the two disciplines require. Cross-country skiing is a punishing aerobic sport, rewarding exceptionally fit athletes. Shooting requires motionless calm and precision, to the point that world-class shooters sometimes try to time their shots so they are taken between their heartbeats.
One athlete has dominated men’s biathlon for the last seven years: Martin Fourcade of France. He has the ability to win all four individual events, which range in distance from 10 to 20 kilometers, and add to his two gold medals from Sochi. Two Norwegian brothers, Johannes Thingnes Bo and Tarjei Bo, will try to stop him.
Together the three have won all 15 World Cup events this year, along with 10 second-place finishes and five thirds.
An American, Lowell Bailey, won a surprise world championship last year, but must still be considered a long shot. No American has ever won a biathlon medal at the Games.
The women’s races will be more competitive, with Germans, Belarussians, Slovakians, Frenchwomen, Italians, Norwegians and Finns all thinking about gold. There will be men’s, women’s and mixed-gender relays, as well.
The CSSA and CSAAA are still committed to the suit but we have had a few setbacks. First, the information regarding commonality of the magazines, required for our injunction, was not forthcoming. The parent company’s U.S. lawyers said “no sales info at all,” as they claimed having that information go out would give their competition an unfair advantage.
You can’t make this stuff up.
So we contacted our firearms technical experts committee about producing expert opinions that, “Since these mags were created before the pistols, of course, they had to be designed for the rifles.” They had copies of the mags to base their opinions on.. We got ONE report back. Apparently, there were more pressing matters.
So right now, our counsel is working on another way to legally attack this now that commonality and technical characteristics are absent the evidence. Counsel feels that compensation is the best route but the CSSA feels that we need a better route since the mags shouldn’t be prohibs in the first place. Currently our counsel is working on that.
— Tony Bernardo
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