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TEAM CSSA E-NEWS | July 18, 2018

Brandon police’s use of the term ‘assault rifle’ irks gun enthusiasts
Lobbying commissioner rejects complaints against firearms panel member
Toronto to deploy 200 police officers to address gun violence
More guns being taken from traffickers
California: MASSIVE Data Breach and Significant Registration Problems with CA DOJ’s “Assault Weapon” Registration System
‘I can’t be a felon’: Gun owners sue California over faulty weapon registration system
Israel to Ease Gun Regulations
Legal gun licences surge in Kent over 10 years

 

 

COMMENTARY: Seven Ways Your Gun Club can be a Better Community Partner

It’s easy for a gun club to feel separate from the society in which it operates. It’s also an easy trap to avoid. Our most successful gun clubs weave themselves into the fabric of their communities and involve them in all aspects of the life and work of the club.

Here are a few of the ways successful gun clubs participate in and give back to their communities.

Fundraise to support a local charity

The Lambton Sportsman’s Club hosts an annual fundraising event for The Inn of the Good Shepherd, a local charity founded in 1981 to “provide services with dignity to those who are in need of food, shelter and other essentials.”

In addition to the $25 ticket price for the fundraiser, participants are encouraged to bring “comfort” donations, such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, diapers and baby wipes.

This year’s event, a sunset cruise on the Duc d’Orleans, is on Sunday, July 29, 2018. Contact Caron Ball at 519-862-2641 for tickets.

Support your local food bank

The Saskatoon Wildlife Federation hosts a “Hunt for Hunger” every year. Hunters donate some or all of their harvest. Club volunteers and community partners grind and package the meat and distribute it through the Saskatoon Food Bank.

Support your local Christmas Bureau

DVC Ventures, a beautiful indoor shooting facility in Port Coquitlam, B.C., hosts an annual Christmas fundraising event for children. Every year, they donate thousands of dollars of toys to support low-income families in the greater Vancouver area.

Fundraise to support cancer research

The Barrie Gun Club hosts an annual “Shoot for a Cure” fundraising event. For $40, participants can shoot handguns, shotguns & AR platform rifles under the direct supervision of qualified firearm instructors, as well as enjoy a barbecue feast. All money raised goes to support prostate cancer research and awareness.

Host a Women’s Day at the Range

Host a “Women’s Day at the Range” to introduce more women to the shooting sports. It’s a great opportunity to educate them about guns, safe firearm handling practices, and the various shooting sports. Ideally, all participants would learn how to shoot rifles, pistols and shotguns. The more female shooting coaches who can assist with the event and help women feel at ease, the better.

Education is the key to breaking down stereotypes.

Support your local Women’s Shelter

This can be a little tricky as the folks operating women’s shelters often are afraid of guns, but with persistence you can show them gun owners are on their side. For example, when Pinecrest Pistol and Revolver Club first tried to donate money to their local shelter, the donation was refused. Club president, Robert McLean, eventually sent his wife down to explain who they were and why they wanted to help. Pinecrest now donates money to the shelter every year, and the shelter is grateful for their support.

Host a Boy Scouts and/or Girl Scouts Event

Youth are the future of our culture. What better way to support them and show off our culture of safety than to host a range day for your local Scout troop?

These are just a few ways your gun club can be a good community citizen and educate your neighbours. The natural by-product is positive media exposure for your club.

People are far less likely to attack supportive community groups who give back. It’s when we hide and try to insulate ourselves from the world that we find ourselves in trouble. The more involved we are in our communities, the more involved they are with us, and we all win.

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Brandon police’s use of the term ‘assault rifle’ irks gun enthusiasts
By Melissa Verge | The Brandon Sun | July 17, 2018

Gun enthusiasts were enraged after the Brandon Police Service called a Norinco Type 97 semi-automatic rifle an “assault rifle.”

Those opposed to the label voiced their displeasure on social media, arguing that the firearm seized from a Ninth Street North residence following a Friday standoff was not an “assault rifle,” as the BPS had described it in a release.
Meanwhile, the BPS is sticking to its guns.

“An assault rifle is what you had in the picture in the paper there, so that’s basically what an assault rifle is,” Sgt. Jeff Hoad said.

That terminology is simply incorrect, said Tyson Lobreau, an employee with Virden-based hunting supply shop Wolverine Supplies.

“The term assault rifle is a huge misconception, and it does get thrown around a lot,” Lobreau said.

Although Lobreau said the firearm looks similar to the assault rifles used by the Chinese military — the “Type 95” — there are important differences.

“It’s not an assault rifle,” he said of the gun seized on Friday. “This is a commercial version. It is completely legal to own in Canada and there’s nothing wrong with it at all. Basically, it’s a sporting rifle.”

Lobreau defined an assault rifle as a gun that enables the shooter to fire a predetermined number of rounds, or has selective fire and can shoot from different modes, including semi-automatic, burst mode or fully automatic firing mode.

Still, it wasn’t clear to others what, exactly, should be classified as an assault rifle.

Firearms safety educator and Brandon Wildlife Association president Don Teale said that assault rifles are difficult to define.

“I don’t call them an assault rifle because there is no exact terminology. If you look it up in the dictionary, it doesn’t say ‘OK, the firearm has to be like this here to be called an assault rifle.’ there’s actually no such thing,” he said.

When reached for comment as to how they define an assault rifle, the Brandon Police Service didn’t have a clear answer.

“I’m pretty sure it (the weapon found) would be classified as a semi-automatic assault rifle,” Hoad said.

The RCMP didn’t know, either.

“Hard to say what the definition is, but it [an assault rifle] kind of looks more like an arm-type rifle,” said Cpl. Mike Boychuk of Blue Hills RCMP.

“I’m looking on Wikipedia, an assault rifle is a selective fire rifle that uses an intermediate cartridge and a detachable magazine,” Boychuk said. “I would say if it fits that, well, then that’s what it is.”

Loosely throwing around the term “assault rifle” can cause problems, Lobreau said.

“It’s a very derogative term, and it basically sets the bias,” he said.

The semi-automatic rifle that was found on Ninth Street North is a gun people can hunt with, and is a non-restricted firearm, Lobreau said.

“It’s your everyday guy that can own these firearms. The term assault rifle is incorrectly used because that’s a firearm that would only be used by military forces or law enforcement,” he said.

Still, BPS said in an initial release and in subsequent conversation that the weapon discovered after the standoff in Brandon on Friday was an assault rifle, despite not giving a clear definition of what exactly they classify as an assault rifle.

According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, an assault rifle is “any of various intermediate-range, magazine-fed military rifles (such as the AK-47) that can be set for automatic or semiautomatic fire; also: a rifle that resembles a military assault rifle but is designed to allow only semiautomatic fire.”

See the story HERE

Toronto to deploy 200 police officers to address gun violence
By Danya Hajjaji | Reuters.com | July 12, 2018

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s biggest city will deploy about 200 police officers in response to the recent spate in shootings, Toronto’s mayor and police chief said on Thursday, with officials blaming the increase on gang violence.

Deaths from gun violence in the city jumped 53 percent to 26 so far in 2018 from the same period last year, according to police data, with the number of shootings rising 13 percent.

Toronto Mayor John Tory and Police Chief Mark Saunders announced a plan that includes quicker and continuous hiring of front-line law enforcement officials to tackle the increase in gun violence.

“Our men and women are getting the necessary intelligence and we have put a play-book together,” Saunders told a news conference. “This overlay will provide the opportunity of roughly 200 extra officers at various times of the day.”

Saunders and Tory blamed the city’s gun violence on street gangs, with Tory calling for a reform of Canada’s bail system and gun control laws.

“I believe there really is a loophole or a shortcoming of the law that would allow anybody to buy 10 guns and not to keep track of them after that,” Tory said.

According to Saunders, the plan will launch on July 20 and continue for approximately eight weeks, during which there will be an increase in police presence between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m., the peak hours for gun violence. He did not elaborate on why it will be limited to the two months, but said police have already begun implementing some elements of the plan.

Saunders said law enforcement does not intend to saturate neighborhoods, but rather will focus on the “very few” who possess and use firearms in the city.

The municipal and federal governments are allocating a budget of up to C$15 million ($11.4 million) to address gang violence, Tory said.

See the story HERE

More guns being taken from traffickers
By J.W. Schnarr | Lethbridge Herald | July 14, 2018

Firearms often stolen during break-ins

As police continue their efforts to curb drug crime in Alberta, many agencies are reporting a disturbing trend as more firearms are being found in the possession of drug traffickers.

That these weapons are being found in the presence of illicit substances such as methamphetamine is particularly troubling.

“We’ve noticed an increase in firearms being seized within some of these investigations, and found in residences on warrant execution,” said Staff Sgt. Jason Walper of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams in Lethbridge.

“It’s troubling for us in law enforcement, as well as these communities that these locations are in.”

Chronic drug use, property crime, and firearms offences form a triangle of interconnected crime which adds complexity from a policing standpoint.

Drug users who need money to support their habits often take part in property crime, which is easy to take part in as it often includes thefts from motor vehicles, break and enters to residences, and thefts from businesses.

“They can take that property directly to a drug trafficker and exchange it for drugs,” Walper said. “On the other side, they can sell that property to others to obtain money, which they use to feed their drug habits.”

Sometimes, guns are taken during the course of these property crimes.

“It’s very common for unrestricted firearms to be stolen and then reintroduced back onto the streets as a contraband (weapon),” Walper said.

Local gun store owner Ted Feller said legitimate gun stores have a number of safety checks in place to ensure firearms are only being sold to properly licensed customers.

Feller has never had a firearm stolen out of his shop in more than 30 years of operation, but he has heard from customers who have had their improperly stored firearms stolen.

“We get people coming in here at least twice a month saying, ‘I’ve had my truck broken into and they stole my guns, and here’s a list of my guns,’” he said. “But it has no bearing on legitimate gun stores or legitimate gun owners storing them correctly.”

Other ways guns can end up in the hands of drug traffickers include smuggling, and, in rare cases, weapons have been modified or fabricated by people with gunsmithing knowledge.

Last August, an eight-month investigation by ALERT resulted in a seizure of four prohibited firearms which included two MAC-11 submachine guns manufactured at a machinist shop outside Edmonton.

The weapons could empty their oversize 30-round magazines in seconds by holding the trigger. Police laid 62 separate criminal charges against the two suspected of involvement. The case was highlighted in the recently-released ALERT 2017-2018 annual report.

“We’re starting to see it in the past couple years,” Walper said. “We’re seeing pieces of these guns come across the border legally, and then, when we seize these firearms – handguns, specifically – we’ll realize the parts don’t match, or that those guns have been constructed by somebody who obviously has some knowledge or skill in firearms, and can put these pieces back together again.

The Canadian Border Services Agency does not collect statistics on the importation of firearms parts, but does collect statistics on the importation of firearms as part of its requirement to report the movement of firearms to the Canadian Firearms Program.

“So far this year, CBSA officers in southern Alberta have intercepted 33 undeclared firearms, including 16 handguns,” said Luke Reimer, a CBSA communications officer in an email to the Herald on Thursday.

It should be noted those numbers include firearms taken from Americans trying to bring their own guns into Canada or trying to transport them to Alaska.

Mike Tucker, an ALERT media spokesperson, said one way criminals get their hands on guns is to be connected to a person who has all the legal licensing and requirements in place to legally purchase them.

“They acquire multiple firearms over a period of time and then divert them into the criminal market,” he said.

Feller said large order purchases could set off red flags if they are attempted by anyone he does not recognize as a regular customer.

“I don’t have anyone in here buying nine guns at a crack, which is what those people would be wanting to buy,” he said.

In many cases, firearms are acquired by drug traffickers in order to protect themselves from other drug traffickers, or even their own clients.

“We don’t find that these firearms are obtained to be used on police,” said Walper. “It’s typically to protect themselves from being the victim of a break and enter to steal the drugs they might have, or while they are out trafficking to a user to ensure their safety.”

See the story HERE

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California: MASSIVE Data Breach and Significant Registration Problems with CA DOJ’s “Assault Weapon” Registration System
By NRA-ILA | nraila.org | July 7, 2018

Following the closure of the “assault weapon” registration period, NRA and CRPA received complaints from hundreds of individuals who were unable to register their firearms as required because CA DOJ’s online application system was unable to handle the amount of traffic it received. Constant crashes and errors plagued DOJ’s online registration system for weeks leading up to the registration deadline. Because DOJ only provided an electronic means of registration, it was impossible for those who faced these issues to register their firearms.

Another DOJ Data Breach

Possibly even more concerning with DOJ’s online registration system were the reports of the system’s improper disclosure of personal information to other users. There have been confirmed reports of individuals attempting to register their firearms who were improperly given access to the account information associated with another individual, due to a complete breakdown of CA DOJ’s registration application system. In some cases, the system allowed users to see all the personal information (including home address, telephone number, email, and Driver’s License number) for another user and all the information that user had submitted for registering their firearms as “assault weapons”—including the firearms make/model/serial number and all of the photos and attachments to the user’s registration application.

Unsurprisingly, this isn’t the first time CA DOJ has improperly disclosed the personal information of California gun owners. In 2016, CA DOJ admitted to releasing the name, date of birth, and California Driver’s License and/or Identification Card numbers of FSC instructors to a reporter for Southern California Public Radio. In response to that disclosure, CA DOJ offered a one-year membership of Experian’s® ProtectMyID® Alert. Whether CA DOJ will do the same for this blatantly improper disclosure remains to be seen.

CA DOJ Forgets Those Who Serve Our Country

Improper disclosures of personal information aside, CA DOJ’s chosen method of requiring all applications to be submitted online and include photographs of the firearms has prohibited many members of the military currently on deployment from registering. Because many members of the military were required to leave their personally owned firearms at home while on deployment, they were unable to obtain the required photographs for registration. And for those who somehow managed to obtain the required photographs, they were still faced with CA DOJ’s online registration system consistently crashing.

It is equally troubling that many service members who will soon return from deployment now face criminal penalties simply because they were unable to register or are otherwise unaware of the changes made to California law. Their personally owned firearms now classified as “assault weapons” carry a potential felony conviction, all because they were deployed to protect and serve our county.

Miss the “Assault Weapon” Registration Deadline? Here’s How to Stay Out of Jail

NRA and CRPA attorneys have prepared an informative bulletin for gun owners unable or unwilling to register their “bullet-button” firearms as “assault weapons.” This guide provides brief summaries of the legal options available to gun owners besides registration and additional information on how to handle any potential contacts by CA DOJ agents or local law enforcement.

In the meantime, NRA and CRPA attorneys are currently reviewing the situation and will be contacting DOJ for additional clarification on these issues. Continue to check your inbox and the California Stand and Fight web page for updates on issues impacting your Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage in California.

See the story HERE

‘I can’t be a felon’: Gun owners sue California over faulty weapon registration system
By Caitlin Chen | The Sacramento Bee | July 13, 2018

Harry Sharp spent most of the last weekend of June sitting in front of his computer, trying resolutely to register his four newly banned guns on the California Department of Justice’s website.

The deadline to register his bullet-button assault weapons was June 30, and California’s online reporting system kept crashing.

Sharp said he managed to register his Steyr AUG, a bullpup-style rifle, on June 29, a Friday, but was unable to register his other three firearms despite the hours he spent trying.

“I got very little sleep that weekend,” said Sharp, a 52-year-old stay-at-home father and hunter from Redding. “I worked late on Friday, and on Saturday morning, I had a couple pops of coffee and kept going at it the whole day.”

Tens of thousands of gun owners were prevented from registering their bullet-button assault weapons before July 1 through no fault of their own, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday against Attorney General Xavier Becerra. The suit was filed on behalf of Sharp and two other individuals by gun rights groups The Calguns Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation and Second Amendment Foundation.

“Bullet buttons” are devices that allow a magazine to quickly disengage with the use of a small tool, usually the tip of a bullet. They were designed after California lawmakers, intending to slow down the process of reloading firearms, in 1999 banned assault weaponswith magazines that could be detached without disassembling the gun or using a tool.

Then in 2016, lawmakers banned the sale of bullet-button assault weapons, too, because they were used in the 2015 San Bernardino massacre. Californians who owned bullet-button assault weapons had to register their guns or risk prosecution.

Possessing an unregistered assault weapon is either a misdemeanor or felony. Transporting an unregistered assault weapon is a felony punishable by up to eight years in jail.

Sharp said he called a Department of Justice service line on July 2, the following Monday, to ask what he should do. The person responding told him that the registration was his responsibility, Sharp said, and that they could not extend the deadline further.

The lawsuit alleges that the Department of Justice received many other similar requests for assistance but did not respond until after the deadline, when staff told the callers that it was too late to register. The suit asks the judge to give those who had website issues, and other gun owners, a reasonable amount of time to register their firearms through a functional system.

“As much as I don’t agree with what they’re doing, I had a responsibility to my wife and children to register,” Sharp said. “I can’t be a felon. I can’t go to jail. I’ve never been arrested or been in handcuffs. I had a couple of speeding tickets when I was younger. But all of a sudden, like with the other bans, I became a bad guy.”

The Department of Justice did not respond to questions about problems with the registration system, how many people were able to successfully register and whether they would prosecute individuals who were unable to register their guns.

The lawsuit also alleges that the department did not properly conduct a public education program to notify bullet-button assault weapon owners that they had to register their firearms.

Gun owners had around 11 months, starting in August 2017, to find out about their legal obligation and register their guns. The suit claims that was not an adequate amount of time.

Nearly 5,000 applications to register bullet-button assault weapons had been filed by February, according to data from the Department of Justice. But Sean Brady, attorney for the California Rifle and Pistol Association, believes many more Californians did not even know that they had to register. Legal compliance was “largely left to ‘word of mouth,’” the suit alleges.

“This law has created thousands of criminals, if not tens of thousands, of people who became unwitting criminals who didn’t know they had to register their guns. They’re felons now,” Brady said.

The figures from the lawsuit are an estimate, based on records of sale that California gun purchasers are required to fill out when they buy a gun through a licensed dealer. More than 5 million long guns have been sold in California since 2000, and the lawsuit estimates that a substantial number of those firearms are bullet-button assault weapons.

Sharp owned assault weapons in California during the last registration period in 2000, when gun owners were similarly able to keep their weapons as long as they registered them with the government. He recalls that he filled out an application that he received in the mail, sent it back and then received a letter saying the gun was successfully registered. It was quick, he said, unlike using the online registration system.

“The government probably thought it was just a few NRA members buying guns up, so that’s probably why they were not prepared for number of people trying to get on the website,” Sharp said.

For some, the system timed out during access, whether at the beginning of the process or at the end, after they tried to click the “submit” button, the lawsuit alleges. Sharp said he tried to access the website at least 50 times, but it did not allow him to upload images of his firearms, the final step before submitting.

“The ironic part that our clients are the people who are trying to comply with the law,” said attorney George Lee, who represents the plaintiffs. “The reason we’re suing is because we want to know what the parameters of the law are and that the gun laws are fair. That’s why we feel the need to take action.”

See the story HERE

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Israel to Ease Gun Regulations
By Deborah Danan | breitbart.com | July 9, 2018

TEL AVIV – Israel is set to significantly ease its regulations on gun licenses, a move that would see around 40,000 more Israelis acquire a firearm according to Public Security Ministry estimates.

Any Israeli who completes level 07 rifle training in the military, which includes all infantry units, is now eligible to apply for a gun license.

The new regulations were pushed by the Knesset’s Gun Lobby head Likud MK Amir Ohana.

“A civilian carrying a weapon is more of a solution than a threat, and doubles as assistance for the security forces,” Ohana told Haaretz, noting that “in 11 attacks in just the Jerusalem area, they neutralized the threat.”

“Sending the citizens of Israel to protect themselves with pizza trays, selfie sticks, guitars and umbrellas is a crime of the state against its citizens. A law abiding citizen, who has the basic skill required, is entitled to be able to defend himself and his surroundings,” he added, referencing the various makeshift “weapons” Israelis have used against attackers in recent years.

The police, however, requested that the mandatory training course be lengthened to four and a half hours from the current two. Gun licenses must be renewed every three years and owners must take a refresher training course.

Unlike the U.S., Israel does not view gun ownership as a right and owning a gun is rare for non-military civilians. People applying for gun ownership must be over 21 years old and provide a reason for needing a gun, such as if they live in West Bank settlements or close to the border. Tour guides and security guards, farmers and IDF officers may apply. Assault weapons cannot be purchased and gun owners can only own a maximum of 50 bullets.

Currently there are around 145,000 private gun owners in Israel.

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Legal gun licences surge in Kent over 10 years
By KentOnline reporter | kentonline.co.uk | July 9, 2018

The number of legally-held guns in Kent has increased significantly over the last decade.

There were 23,360 licensed firearms in the county in March this year, up from 14,888 in 2009, a rise of 56%.

The newly released figures from the Home Office exclude shotguns, which are licensed separately.

It means there are 1,283 firearms for every 100,000 people in Kent, an increase of 45% from March 2009, when local records were first collated.

It is the highest rate at any point over the last decade.

In total, 5,799 valid firearm licences in Kent covered an average of four guns each.

There were a further 52,556 licenced shotguns in the area – also an increase on a decade ago.

Gill Marshall-Andrews, chairwoman of the Gun Control Network, said that society should be working towards fewer guns, and that the rise in legal firearms was difficult to explain.

She said: “We campaign strongly for tighter licensing laws and those have been introduced, by and large.

“It is becoming more difficult to get a gun licence, so I have no idea why it has gone up.

“Unless we are going to say that nobody should have a gun – and we have never said that – you should have a good reason to own a gun, and you should be a proper person.

“The guidance is stricter and the licencing regulations, if properly applied, should mean that fewer people have a gun.

“It is becoming more difficult to get a gun licence, so I have no idea why it has gone up…” – Gill Marshall-Andrews, Gun Control Network

“For years and years, the shooting lobby has said that gun crime is just a matter of illegal weapons, but it is not true to say that gun deaths are related to illegal weapons alone.”

Between April 2017 and March this year, there were 418 new applications for firearm licences in Kent.

Of those, 99% were granted, and just five were refused.

A further 1,072 licences were renewed. Just four licences were revoked.

The firearm rate in Kent was higher than that across England and Wales, where 578,000 firearms – 989 for every 100,000 people – were licensed.

In 2016-17, the most recent year for which numbers are available, there were 31 fatal shootings in England and Wales.

Altogether, there were nearly 10,000 offences in which firearms were reported to have been used.

Of those, 64 took place in Kent.

Many gun crimes involve the use of illegal firearms either weapons converted to fire live ammunition, or restored antiques.

But some high-profile cases, including the murder of MP Jo Cox in 2016 – which was carried out with a stolen gun – and mass killings in Cumbria, Dunblane and Hungerford, have involved licensed weapons.

A spokesman for the National Police Chiefs’ Council said: “It is the responsibility of individual forces to issue firearms certificates, and there are several reasons why the number of legally-held firearms may have risen in the last decade, such as changes in legislation.

“Therefore, the increase in the number of legally-held firearms is not necessarily a cause for concern.

“The Home Office are constantly monitoring the types of weapons that are held on and off certificate and consult on changes to legislation when required.

“Only a tiny percentage, something in the region of 0.025%, of legally-held firearms goes missing each year, and that is when they become a significant concern for police.

“The Home Office and local police forces provide guidance on the appropriate storage of firearms and ammunition to certificate holders and are continuing to work to ensure that this already small number of missing weapons is reduced further.”

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