Brian Talks With Ed Burlew
Edward L. Burlew, LL.B., Barrister and Solicitor, is a Canadian lawyer and gun rights advocate. He is one of only three lawyers in Canada who specializes in the byzantine labyrinth of contradictions that is Canadian gun law, being widely recognized as possibly the foremost expert on the subject in that country.
Burlew earned his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1977, and was called to the bar in Ontario in 1979. While firearms cases always formed part of his caseload, it was with the passage of the 1995 Firearms Act that he began to devote his practice almost entirely to the area of gun law. He foresaw “tremendous changes in firearms licensing” and devoted over a year to studying the legislation and figuring out its possible ramifications for Canadian gun owners.
His current practice consists largely of Canadian hunters, gun owners’ groups, shooting ranges, suppliers, police officers, Canadian military personnel, and individuals charged with having unlicensed firearms or unsafe storage of such firearms. He has also represented clients who have been denied firearms licences because of medical conditions such as periodic depression or cancer.
Due to his “need to maintain a high level of credibility,” (particularly important in the hostile, anti-gun Canadian political environment) Burlew does not accept gang members or others engaged in illegal activities as clients.
Burlew has also maintained close ties with the CSSA and the CILA since 1997.