TEAM CSSA E-NEWS | AUGUST 25, 2020
The CSSA would like to extend a hearty welcome to old friend Erin O’Toole on his victory as the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. Erin is a fine man and a very capable politician, and we have every faith that he will be an excellent Prime Minister.
Erin O’Toole was born in Montreal. He enrolled in the RCAF when he was 18 and attended the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, ON. He did basic training in Chilliwack, BC; got his wings in Winnipeg, MB; and served out of Halifax, NS. Erin participated in search and rescue missions as a tactical navigator on a Sea King helicopter. He is bilingual.
After 12 years of service, Erin retired from the military and spent the next decade working in the private sector as a corporate lawyer. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the True Patriot Love Foundation, a charity that serves veterans and military families across Canada.
He has been elected 3 times in Durham (2012 by-election, 2015 and 2019). He served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade before becoming Minister of Veterans Affairs, a beleaguered file he successfully turned around within 10 months at the end of the Harper government.
For the last two years, Erin has served as Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs. Erin is married to Rebecca and they have two children, Mollie and Jack.
We know that Erin’s firearms policies mean a lot to our membership so here is a verbatim reprint from his campaign website:
Canada is a nation with proud rural and outdoor traditions. Learning to hunt or target shoot with a family member is a way of life for millions of Canadians and must be respected. Firearm owners, be they hunters, farmers or sport shooters are among the most law-abiding citizens in Canada.
An O’Toole-led Opposition will:
• Oppose efforts to reverse the former Conservative government’s policy advances on firearms, including the Trudeau government’s new proposals to confiscate legal firearms.
• Oppose regulations that do not advance public safety and instead penalize law-abiding firearms owners. This includes the arbitrary reclassification of firearms and magazines.
An O’Toole government will update Canada’s firearms legislation to ensure that it is evidence-based and focuses on keeping Canadians safe, not demonizing those Canadians the Liberals do not like.
The Proposed legislative changes will:
• Conduct a review of the Firearms Act with participation of law enforcement, firearms owners, manufacturers, and members of the public, and then update legislation by introducing a simplified classification system and codifying it in law, so that it is clear what types of firearms fit into each category and classification decisions can, therefore, be made quickly, and with the public and firearms owners having confidence that they are not arbitrary. The legislation will also – for the first time – contain definitions of currently ambiguous issues like the term “variant”.
• Harmonize rules for discharging firearms on your own property so that restricted firearms are treated the same as non-restricted, where the local municipality allows the discharge of firearms.
• Mandate a return to the 180-day period for the re-designed classification system to release firearm import decisions and put final authority for classification decisions back in the hands of Cabinet.
• Focus the resources of the federal government on criminals engaged in the trafficking and use of illegal firearms instead of imposing more layers of bureaucracy on law-abiding Canadians.
• Amend firearms laws to ensure that no administrative expiry could lead to criminal charges or the seizure of a licence holder’s firearm(s). Until an expired licence is renewed, it would remain illegal for licence holders to acquire new firearms or ammunition.
• Support specialized illegal firearms enforcement led by the CBSA and RCMP working closely with American authorities in the United States, to target smuggling operations before illegal firearms reach the border.
• Develop a suicide prevention strategy that encourages people – including legal firearms owners – to seek help when they need it. The current system actually discourages firearms owners from seeking help, due to the fear that the police will show up at their door, and the Trudeau government is making this worse, putting lives at risk.
The CSSA believes that Erin O’Toole will be an outstanding leader for Canada, and we strongly encourage our membership to support him in his efforts to bring a Conservative majority government to the House of Commons.
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IN THE NEWS
Gun-control reforms passed last year might not be fully in place until 2022: memo
The Canadian Press | The Outlook | August 24, 2020
OTTAWA — Several federal gun-control measures that received royal assent over a year ago, including expanded background checks, might not come into effect before 2022, says an internal government memo.
A briefing note prepared in June for Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says a series of steps must be taken before all of the provisions in Bill C-71 are in place.
Some elements of the bill, including those clarifying that firearms seized by police are considered forfeited to the Crown, came into force upon royal assent in June 2019.
Several other measures, however, require regulatory, administrative and technical changes.
They include expanding background checks to determine eligibility for a firearms licence to the entirety of a person’s life, not just the last five years. It would also broaden grounds to cover an applicant’s history of intimate partner violence and online threats.
Firearms Lawyer Ian Runkle talks about
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Council to bring gun-ban resolution to FCM
Dan Brisebois | The Cold Lake Sun | August 24, 2020
Taking law abiding people’s property because of the actions of criminals not only will send the wrong message, but is likely to have little to no impact on the issue of gun crime.
Cold Lake City Council will forward its resolution opposing the federal gun ban to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) for consideration by its membership.
“We have an initial showing of strong support from municipalities in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and we’ve been receiving informal messages of support from leaders in communities from across Canada,” Mayor Craig Copeland said.
Local councils respond to call for action against gun law changes
Becky Zimmer | Battlefords News-Optimist | August 21, 2020
EAST CENTRAL — A letter sent out by an Alberta city called for all Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba municipalities to stand together against federal changes to gun laws.
The letter, sent by Cold Lake Mayor Craig Copeland, said the gun ban will be an expensive endeavour that will do little to reduce crime. In the July 7 letter, Cold Lake council called on all these municipalities to voice their concerns along with the provincial governments.
“Municipalities are the level of the government closest to the people, and a large part of our budget and operations is focused on providing safe and healthy communities.”
New group join challenges against Liberal gun grab
Dave Naylor | Western Standard | August 21, 2020
“Urinating on somebody’s leg and calling it rain is constitutionally indefensible.”
Another challenge to the Liberal government’s gun grab has been filed to the Federal Court – but this one is different in that it isn’t raising any Charter or constitutional arguments.
This one is filed by competitive shooters, gun ranges and businesses including the Burlington Rifle and Revolver Club and Montreal Firearms Recreation Centre.
On May 1, the Justin Trudeau government announced they were banning 1,500 different types of what they called “military-style” and “assault-style” guns in Canada.
The decision was made by cabinet without consulting Parliament.
It meant tens of thousands of guns that were legal became illegal over night.
Lawyers for the applicants, Eugene Meehan and Thomas Slade of Supreme Advocacy LLP in Ottawa, filed the application for judicial review in Federal Court on Aug. 11.
Nils Ek with a bronze medal, 2017.
National Competitor Nils Ek Q&A: Why I Took the Liberals to Court
Exclusive Q&A with Nils Ek, a Canadian national pistol competitor.
Thegunblog.com | August 22, 2020
TheGunBlog.ca — Nils Ek, a Canadian national pistol competitor, discusses why he joined a group fighting the governing Liberal Party in Federal Court, saying their mass gun confiscations are unconstitutional and illegal.
TheGunBlog.ca spoke with Ek by e-mail over the past month.
The editor of TheGunBlog.ca has donated to Ek’s case and others among the six challenges in Federal Court.
You can donate to Ek’s group via a GoFundMe.com campaign set up by the Ontario Landowners Association.
• Lives in Montreal
• Member, Shooting Federation of Canada, the national governing body for competitive shooting
• Competes with .22LR pistol, centrefire pistol and air pistol in matches at 10 metres, 25 metres and 50 metres
• Career: Meteorologist (Retired)
• PDF of his group’s Application for Judicial Review of the confiscation Order in Council
Firearm ban causes concern of potential rise in illegal firearm activity
Dione Wearmouth | MYPGNOW | August 19, 2020
The recent Firearms Ban has prompted the President of the Canadian National Firearms Association (CFNA) and Instructor at CNC, Sheldon Clare to share his concerns for the ban, and it’s potential to fuel the illegal gun trade.
It was implemented by the Order in Council (OIC) in May, banning over 1,500 styles of firearms and their variants.
“I think all this will do is force a lot of people to be operating outside of the law, because I don’t believe people will be willing to surrender their valuable property which may have sentimental, emotional or huge financial value too.”
IIU closes probe into unattended police firearm
Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press | Winnipeg Free Press | August 19, 2020
An Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba probe into allegations an RCMP officer left his police-issued firearm unattended in public is now closed with no charges laid.
The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba has closed a probe into allegations an RCMP officer left his police-issued firearm unattended in public in Winnipeg.
The Mountie attended a personal physiotherapy appointment in Winnipeg on Nov. 1, 2019.
A civilian attending an appointment at the same office said they noticed a police duty belt stored, unattended, behind the reception desk.
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Father of student killed in Parkland praises Trump for taking ‘action’ on school safety — and not on gun control
Christopher Wilson | Yahoo News | August 24, 2020
Andrew Pollack, the father of a student killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., praised President Trump at the opening night of the Republican National Convention, saying “he took action” after the massacre in 2018.
Pollack’s daughter, Meadow, was one of the 17 people killed in the shooting.
“She was just months away from graduating and beginning a new life,” Pollack said. “We were so proud of the woman she had become. But in the hallway on the third floor, the gunman saw Meadow and shot her four times. After she was shot and on the floor, she crawled over to another student, a freshman girl, to protect her. She draped her body over her. And then the gunman — the animal — shot Meadow five more times.”
In the aftermath of the tragedy, a number of the survivors turned their attention to opposing the National Rifle Association, advocating for stronger gun-safety legislation and holding the high-profile March for Our Lives. Pollack pushed for changes at the school level, lobbying for legislation in the Florida Statehouse that allowed school employees to go through firearm training.
Democrats Predict Forced Citizen Disarmament will be a Winner This Time Around
David Codrea | Ammoland | August 23, 2020
U.S.A. -(Ammoland.com)- “Democrats [are showing an] unprecedented embrace of gun control,” The Atlantic noted Thursday. “The party is betting that support for restrictions is more likely to attract moderate voters than turn them off.”
If nothing else, this shows the goalposts are continuously being moved to the left. If the “centrists” of the party are all in for eviscerating a keystone right and ignoring the crystal clear mandate of “shall not be infringed,” you know what those pulling sentiment in that direction intend to end up with. That also allows those previously considered “moderate” to now be smeared as “extremists,” with accusations of being haters not far behind.
KAMALA HARRIS & THE SECOND AMENDMENT, YOUR COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE…IT’S NOT GOOD
Guns in The News | August 24, 2020
U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- With her selection as the Democratic Party’s nominee for Vice President of the United States, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) would be the proverbial heartbeat away from the presidency should Joe Biden win on November 3rd, 2020. So where does she stand on major issues surrounding the Second Amendment? This is no small matter – Harris could potentially be making decisions that would affect the rights of millions of law-abiding gun owners.
KAMALA HARRIS AND THE SECOND AMENDMENT – HOW SHE WENT FROM A CAREER PROSECUTOR TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE
Senator Harris has touted her career as a prosecutor. According to the official site of California’s Office of the Attorney General, she spent eight years with the Alameda County District Attorney’s office (1990-1998) and six years with the San Francisco District Attorney (1998-2004). During her time in those offices, she also picked up two side gigs.
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The Citizen’s front page of Aug. 20, 1942 declares the raid on Dieppe a great success. DIGITAL DOWNLOAD / POSTMEDIA VIA NEWSPAPERS.COM
The raid on Dieppe: ‘Only a miracle saved us from annihilation’
Bruce Dechman | The Kingston Whig-Standard | August 21, 2020
“Canadians Lead Commando Raid On Dieppe” announced the Citizen on Aug. 19, 1942, and readers pressing on would have been bursting with national pride.
“Attack… Reported To Be the Greatest Yet Made on French-Occupied Coast. Details of Attacking Forces Not Revealed, But All Objectives Were Carried Out. Sky Over Channel Filled With Planes During Operations. Returning Units in Good Spirits. Was First Test of Canadians Against Germans.”
Actual details of the raid were few. The Canadian Press offered the opinion of those familiar with the area that Dieppe was heavily fortified by the Germans, their extensive minefields and hidden forts making a raid there “daring and difficult.”
“This was the first opportunity since the Canadians participated in the famous Spitsbergen raid that they had had to carry out an attack for which they had been especially trained.
“That they had learned their tasks well was shown by the Combined Operations report that one landing party was initially repulsed but managed to carry the beach by assault.”
Public safety task force to tackle ‘substantial’ rise in Calgary gun violence
Sammy Hudes | Calgary Herald | August 22, 2020
A “concerning” uptick in gun crime will be a key focus when Calgary city council’s public safety task force meets next month.
Last week, a man was taken to hospital after he was shot twice in the southeast community of Ogden, according to Calgary police.
Police also responded to two unrelated shootings on the morning of Aug. 7. One man in his late teens suffering soft-tissue damage was hospitalized after being shot at a home in Lynnwood.
Later that same morning, police responded to a scene in Calgary’s northwest after a group of people were arguing in the streets and multiple gunshots were fired.
Four Ontario men charged for smuggling guns across Canada-US border
Sam Edwards | The Post Millennial| August 18, 2020
Four men are facing charges after guns that were allegedly smuggled into Canada were seized close to Cornwall, according to the RCMP.
The guns were allegedly smuggled from the United States into Canada by three Ottawa men and one Toronto man, reports the Ottawa Citizen.
RCMP said the four men were arrested after a traffic stop where police found 14 prohibited devices and nine firearms.RCMP began the “complex investigation” with the Canada Border Services Agency on June 10 when a man was spotted carrying a duffle bag after getting off a boat close to Glen Walter—roughly 10 kilometres east of Cornwall. After leaving the boat, the man entered a vehicle.
Letter – Gun ban is baffling
Richard Green | Nelson Star | August 22, 2020
Our prime minister and minister of public safety seized a golden opportunity — no parliament, a horrendous rampage in Nova Scotia, and the nation’s focus on the pandemic — to continue their harassment of law-abiding firearms owners.
On May 1 they announced that, by order-in-council, 1,500 makes, models, and variants of firearms — the legally purchased property of non-violent hunters and sports enthusiasts — would be banned immediately. This was presented as somehow an effective strategy to reduce gangs and gun violence. The justification for this confiscation of lawfully acquired property was baffling.
Justin Trudeau claimed the firearms being banned were unsuitable for sporting or hunting purposes but Indigenous hunters could continue using them for hunting as they were accustomed to. He stated they were only useful to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time. Please explain, then, why two models – specifically, an H&K sub-machine gun (up to 700 RPM) and a Colt Canada C8 assault rifle (US army M4, up to 950 RMP), as well as a Remington sniper rifle (US army M24) are being provided to the RCMP? GooglE “what firearms do the RCMP use” to see the full list of weapons in the RCMP arsenal.
Although Prime Minister Trudeau prorogued the first session of the 43rd Parliament on August 18, 2020, Parliament’s petitions website remains active and petitions can still gather signatures. Only difference is that certified petitions cannot be presented to the House of Commons until after the opening of the new session. That new session is set to begin September 23, 2020.
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Our democracy is under attack.
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NOTE: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, public events, including many gun shows, have been cancelled for the coming months. Please check with your local gun show coordinators before heading out to any scheduled local events. Thank you.
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