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In November 2018 Rob O’Reilly, who at the time was the RCMP’s Director of Firearms Regulatory Services, told a House of Commons committee “We do not know the exact numbers of the firearms, but there has been speculation that they could be in the tens of thousands”. Which leads one to wonder exactly how accurate this statement is?
Recently we wrote an article exploring the myth that Canada is more peaceful than the US. We used the most up to date statistics that we could find at the time of publication which was 2014 statistics. Since these were the statistics we used for that article, and like this article all of the material we source our findings off of was linked at the bottom of the page, anyone with a world view that opposed the article attacked the findings by attacking the 2014 statistics. The angle of attack against the article was that we used out of date statistics on purpose to slant the article into a viewpoint that we supported. Clearly they couldn't argue with the hard numbers that we sourced from trustworthy sites so they had to find a new avenue of attack. So we've done the same research, this time after having found the most up to date statistics at the time of publishing this article, 2015 statistics.
If a world existed where revenue services were allowed to write the tax code, then do you think that they would write a set of laws that would benefit their fellow citizen? If a world existed where police departments were able to write criminal law, then do you think that they would write laws that would decrease their budgets?
One issue surrounding firearm ownership in Canada is mental illness, and the reluctance to seek help due to fear of loss of property. Once Bill C-71 comes into effect this stigma on a already heavily regulated segment of the population will only get worse.
Bill C-71 passed it's third reading in the Canadian Senate yesterday without amendments, which now sends it for Royal assent today to be made into law. The vote passed with 55 in favor, 33 against, and 2 abstentions.
With the coming United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that Canada has signed on to there are provisions in the ATT that forces a backdoor registry.
The Battle of Vimy Ridge was a defining moment for the Canadian Military in the First World War. One hundred years after the battle and Canada's coming of age as a Nation on the World stage the ideals fought for in the battle still live on in Canada today.
There's a new RCMP memo circulating within the Firearms Centre advising staff of a new standard of how to tell the difference and classify semi automatic from full automatic lower receivers.
In their most recent campaign British Columbia Crime Stoppers is encouraging the public to call their hotline to report what they believe to be illegal guns.
We're launching a petition in response to Bill C-47 officially titled "An Act to amend the Export and Import Permits Act and the Criminal Code (amendments permitting the accession to the Arms Trade Treaty and other amendments)". To read the article we've published about this Bill and how C-47 can create a back door gun registry click here.
An 11 year old boy from Garden Hill First Nation community in Manitoba was shot and killed when several children were playing with a gun they found.
Conservative MP Bob Zimmer has introduced Private Members Bill C-346, an Act to amend the Firearms Act (licensing), that would seek to eliminate firearms license expiry.
The Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) has released a statement today on their Facebook page acknowledging that an 'outside organization' has allegedly contacted persons that are on the CPC membership list.
A new petition was launched yesterday that requests that the members assigned to the Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee to have a valid Possession and Aquisition License.
Firearm owners have claimed to have issues with the handling of information that the Canadian Firearms Program collects. In this case the Firearms Program handed over information about firearms owners to EKOS Research Associates Inc.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Canadian Firearms Lab issued a memo yesterday declaring unfinished blocks of metal to be considered a firearm.
Safe storage in Canada is the catch all tool used by prosecutors and recommended as charges by Police forces against civilians in nearly every headline you see.
Popular shooting areas along Fraser Valley forest service roads have now been designated as "no shooting" zones by the province of BC.
This past week has seen a fairly hot topic for firearm owners with Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale bringing forward a Bill that was touted as having the ability to resurrect the long gun registry.
The Liberal Government is working on new firearms legislation that is rumored to be making many people nervous, including rural Liberal MP's.
Earlier in April 2017 you probably heard that we had launched a hard copy petition to protest Bill C-47, the bill that can create a backdoor gun registry. There are a few updates that we need to share with you, the biggest being that it's fully sponsored by a sitting Member of Parliament.
Despite federal promises of tighter gun control Canadians are buying restricted firearms and getting new licenses at a consistent rate.
Recently Wolverine Supplies took to their Instagram feed to show the conclusion of the CZ 858 Spartan rifles. The rifles unceremoniously had their receivers chopped, forever deactivating them and concluding the ordeal.
The recent prohibition of the CZ858 as of January 2017 has raised many questions. First off it's important to note that this does not include all CZ858 that are currently in country, including the ones that had their prohibition reversed under Bill C-42 in 2015. This strictly effects a new import of CZ858 Tactical-2P “Spartan” rifles, which are now classified as prohibited.
It was confirmed today that the UN firearms marking regulations have been deferred until December 2018.
If Bill C-71 comes to pass does it create a gun registry? Isn't this a campaign promise that the Liberal Party of Canada said that they wouldn't do if elected? Wasn't the first firearm registry a waste of taxpayers money with no benefit to public safety?
It's a common misconception, and in fact one that's loudly trumpeted by those opposed to self defense and concealed carry of a firearm, that the US is a more violent country than Canada. Yes, the US leads against Canada in gun related violence. However what someone that is touting Canada's 'superiority' in this matter doesn't take into account is that violent crime no matter how it's committed and no matter what item is used in the offense leaves the victim scarred for a lifetime, assuming the violent attack leaves them alive at all.
Ottawa Matters published an article originally titled "Banning handguns in Canada could reduce local crime, says gun control expert" on June 12, 2019. The frenzy of replies from gun owners online caused the publication to nearly immediately start to back peddle.
The discussion of Gun Rights through all of North America
There was a warning issued that ISIS has released a list of thousands of churches on United States soil that they have threatened to attack. This list covers churches in all 50 States and is said to be planned during the holiday season. A firearm instructor and trainer has come forward to offer armed protection for Christmas day services, and is willing to go as far as a 10 hour drive to assist any church that would desire his services.
The AR-15 has become the Gun Control lobby's ubiquitous poster boy for the need for gun control. However they were once massively disappointed to have it not become prohibited by a grass roots campaign launched by a sport shooting organization.
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Everyone in the firearm community has seen it, and everyone knows of at least one journalistic hatchet job aimed at firearm owners. It evokes the usual reaction of letters to the editor, rebuttals, and backlash. However with the recent trend of centering on digital media, is this the proper approach from the firearm community?
As you may be aware there is new firearm legislation tabled that has been fast tracked by the Liberal Party of Canada. The debate on this bill has been limited by the fast tracking, and Bill C-71 is being strongly opposed by every Canadian law abiding firearm owner that has read it.
With the rumours coming from Parliament Hill of a upcoming prohibition of the AR-15 rifle Canadians are doing something that has been rare; buying everything.
With Bill C-71 being a political hot button with firearm owners Andrew Scheer has promised that the Conservative Party will repeal Bill C-71 and replace it with legislation that targets criminals.
Firearm owners are often given the comparison that “if you have to get a license to drive then you should get a license to own a firearm”. Then along that same logic if your car is required to have a muffler to reduce the amount of noise it creates, why can’t Canadians use suppressors on their firearms to reduce the amount of noise they create? If the train of logic is good enough to create a law, then why can’t it be applied to amend law for actual public safety?
When Magpul Industries pulled their operations out of Colorado in protest of the laws that limited the capacity of magazines to 15 rounds in 2013 the State lost 200 jobs and a 100,000 square foot operation that paid taxes and supported secondary industries in the State. Magpul has since grown to 380 employees in a new 185,000 square foot facility in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Recent announcements also have Magpul becoming the supplier of magazines to the US Marine Corps, a further loss to Colorado and a further boon to Wyoming.
If Bill C-71 passes into law the CZ-858 and the Swiss Arms family of rifles will become prohibited. If this sounds like old news, it kind of is, but it's the second kick at the can of bringing these rifles into the prohibited classification.
It's that time of year again, where Canadian media fixates on the tragic events of École Polytechnique always accompanied by some kind of 'expert' that's using the tragedy to call for stricter nationwide gun controls. This dark day in Canadian history is used every year as a rally cry for stricter gun control from a small, but vocal, segment of the population. The fact that they would use such a tragedy to advance a political agenda is beyond sickening.
Rumours have recently surrounded the Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference in Vancouver that Prime Minister Trudeau would use the venue to announce a ban on AR-15's and restricted category rifles. The Prime Ministers speaking dates at the conference have passed, but is it time to breathe a sigh of relief?
While billed the world over as "sensible" and "common sense" when new gun control measures are proposed, it would seem that the same people touting such buzz words could have ulterior motives of profit behind their campaigns.
With the controversy in the past of the pistol brace constituting a redesign into a SBR, the BATFE issues a new decision letter in 2017 that changes that opinion, again.
If you haven't heard already Zach Peters (pictured) a 23 year old man from Broken Arros, Oklahoma made headlines recently when he shot and killed three home invaders in self defense.
Bill SB-1657 passed in Illinois today by a one vote margin. This bill mandates state licensing for Illinois gun dealers, and it restricts all others to nine firearm transfers per year.
With firearms rights seemingly secure under the Trump administration people that were once politically active for their firearms rights have relaxed a little. Is now the time to take a break from securing your firearms rights?
Massachusetts police impounded 98 firearms and a variety of ammunition after reports of improper storage.
With protests and riots occurring across the country Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro declared he would arm thousands of his supporters.
With the gun control debate ramping up in the US and Canada one term that you hear thrown around in the narrative is "assault weapon". Gun control advocates and Politicians are using this term to paint entire makes of rifles in a negative light, but do they really know what they are talking about?
With Bill C-71 having passed the Senate and moving to Royal Assent to become law, combined with the talk of bans of AR-15 rifles and pistols, Canadian gun owners are currently in a buying frenzy. But will you be able to use that new firearm into the future?