May 22, 2020

Skilled Shopper – Rights & Property

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Here’s What You Need to Know About the Gun Laws In All 50 States

They were murdered doing the most mundane of activities: shopping at Walmart, going to work, grabbing a drink at a bar, watching a movie, attending a concert, going to class. And these are just lives lost in the most high profile of cases—the mass shootings that have become the new norm in America. But every day in our country, 100 people die because of gun violence, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Another 100,000 more are shot and injured each year, and between 2014 and 2017 gun violence deaths rose 16%. And yet, lawmakers have repeatedly failed to pass meaningful gun reform measures.

Again and again, legislation on the state and federal level that would introduce “red-flag laws” that allow police or family members to temporarily take firearms from those deemed a danger to themselves or others, background checks, waiting periods, and a ban on assault rifles is stymied by pro-gun politicians. While some states have more stringent restrictions than others, the rules vary so much from state to state that the patchwork of regulations make it difficult for states with stricter laws to keep guns off their turf.

Shooting clubs and ranges

As set out in the Shooting Club and Shooting Ranges Regulations, a “shooting range” is “a place that is designed or intended for the safe discharge, on a regular and structured basis, of firearms for the purpose of target practice or target shooting competitions.”

All shooting ranges operate under the approval of the Chief Firearms Officer (CFO) of the province or territory in which they are located, unless

they are on the premises of a licensed firearms business and are used only by licensed owners and employees of that business; or
they are only used by public agents, such as police officers, in relation to their lawful employment duties.

Call the Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) at 1-800-731-4000 to check whether a club or range you want to join is approved by the provincial or territorial CFO.

Alberta introduces law to protect rural landowners who use force to defend their property

The Alberta government is introducing legislation to protect landowners from being sued if they injure someone while using force to defend their property.

The legislation follows the case of a man in Okotoks, south of Calgary, who shot an intruder on his property, only to be sued by the perpetrator. The case has become a flash-point in the debates about rural crime and property rights, which have been central issues for Alberta’s United Conservative government.

Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer outlined the change to the law as part of a series of legislative and policy measures designed to address rural crime, which he described as a crisis affecting the entire province.

Under the revised law, landowners who lawfully use force to defend their properties against trespassers who are, or are believed to be, committing a crime would not face civil liability. It would not apply to landowners who commit a crime themselves – in other words, if they use an unreasonable level of force.


Study directed by: Dr. F.L.(Ted) Morton University of Calgary

Research Costs funded by:The Responsible Firearm Owners Coalition of British Columbia

The Responsible Firearm Owners of Alberta

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The Recreational Firearms Community of Saskatchewan

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