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The GOAL – was to create a system to track the movement of small firearms to assist in the prevention of shipments of small arms to areas of conflict around the world. An admirable goal and we support it, but it’s already in place.
The RESULT– In its efforts to comply, the Canadian government at the time created the Firearms Marking Regulations (2003), not realizing that the Canadian Firearms community had already complied with UN Protocol and met the goal, by way of processes already implemented by the firearms industry itself.
Each government since has delayed implementation of this regulation as it searches for a way to cost effectively meet the regulations marking demands – rather than acknowledge this fact.
The COMPLICATION –The law enforcement agencies have weighed in on this issue as they believe that such additional and redundant markings would assist them with their investigations within the country. Given the rapid advances in technology over the last 16 years, this argument is no longer valid.
Technological advances and vastly improved communication capabilities between importers, businesses, individuals and law enforcement agencies make it possible to quickly and cost effectively assess whether the gun in question;
a) Was legally imported into the country and who purchased it
b) Or was it smuggled illegally into the country
This source identification was the perceived benefit of the marking regulations on an internal basis, for law enforcement agencies; and was the only purpose of the additional markings from their perspective.
The additional marking requirement is now even more redundant then it was initially and serves no viable purpose.
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Canada is already in compliance with the UN Protocol as every single firearm legally imported into Canada is tracked by way of the serial number placed on the firearm by the manufacturer and can therefore be efficiently traced.
The Firearms Marking Regulations as written are redundant and should be amended, to state that it is mandatory that all firearms imported into Canada be marked with a unique serial number.
The Downside to Amending the Regulations – there isn’t one. The Trudeau government promised to implement the Regulations, but there is no downside to making the suggested amendment.
There is no downside to Prime Minster Trudeau, standing up and stating that advances in technology over the last 16 years have made the requirement of additional markings redundant. The opposition is certainly not going to object and his flagging support reflected by recent polling could be given a boost, especially if he were to state the focus of any new regulations needs to be on curtailing criminal activity – not on the harassment of trustworthy firearms owners.
The COST of implementing these regulations WITHOUT the amendment – enormous!
Increased prices for Consumer – The federal government reports state that the cost is between $21 and $25 per firearm. Tony Bernardo has repeatedly claimed that the cost to the consumer will be around the $200.00 mark for each firearm.
We strongly suspect that Tony’s assessment of cost is closer to the mark, as the government reports only consider the cost to physically mark a firearm (time spent) and not the upfront costs to each importer to purchase the equipment required to facilitate the marking. These costs, at the present time are too high and will effectively put small to medium businesses at a distinct disadvantage and negatively impact their viability and cause job losses. As well, the addition of the marks could quite likely impact the value and integrity of the firearms involved.
Many individuals who are not part of the firearms community would say too bad so sad no big deal – however if we define the word CONSUMER – they might change their toon.
CONSUMER = EVERY Canadian Taxpayer
What does not seem to be taken into consideration by the greater population - is the fact that the implementation of these regulations will have an immediate effect on our Municipal, Provincial and Federal taxes, and negatively impact the ability of our policing bodies across the board to do the jobs with which we’ve tasked them.
The implementation of the current legislation as it stands will have a direct and lasting impact on every Canadian taxpayer today and in the future.
Please take the time to write a letter to your federal representatives explaining the cost of implementing these regulations to the taxpayers of Canada and to our community.
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Last week I was in Toronto, Ontario attending a conference. While I was in the airport, returning home, I heard several people behind me beginning to clap and cheer. I immediately turned around and witnessed one of the greatest acts of patriotism I have ever seen.
Moving through the terminal was a group of soldiers in their camos. As they began heading to their gate, everyone (well almost everyone) was abruptly to their feet with their hands waving and cheering.
When I saw the soldiers, probably 30-40 of them, being applauded and cheered for, it hit me. I'm not alone. I'm not the only Canadian who still loves this country and supports our troops and their families.
I immediately stopped and began clapping for these young unsung heroes who are putting their lives on the line every day for us so we can go to church, school, work and home without fear of reprisal.
Just when I thought I could not be more proud of my country or of our service men and women, a young girl, not more than 6 or 7 years old, ran up to one of the male soldiers. He kneeled down and said 'hi.'
The little girl then asked him if he would give something to her daddy for her.
The young soldier, who didn't look any older than maybe 22 himself, said he would try and what did she want to give to her Daddy. Then suddenly the little girl grabbed the neck of this soldier, gave him the biggest hug she could muster and then kissed him on the cheek.
The mother of the little girl, who said her daughter's name was Courtney, told the young soldier that her husband was a Soldier and had been in Afghanistan for 11 months now. As the mom was explaining how much her daughter Courtney missed her father, the young soldier began to tear up.
When this temporarily single mom was done explaining her situation, all of the soldiers huddled together for a brief second. Then one of the other servicemen pulled out a military-looking walkie-talkie. They started playing with the device and talking back and forth on it...
After about 10-15 seconds of this, the young soldier walked back over to Courtney, bent down and said this to her, 'I spoke to your daddy and he told me to give this to you.' He then hugged this little girl that he had just met and gave her a kiss on the cheek.. He finished by saying 'your daddy told me to tell you that he loves you more than anything and he is coming home very soon.'
The mom at this point was crying almost uncontrollably and as the young soldier stood to his feet, he saluted Courtney and her mom. As the soldiers began to leave, heading towards their gate, people resumed their applause. As I stood there applauding and looked around, there were very few dry eyes, including my own. That young soldier in one last act of selflessness turned around and blew a kiss to Courtney with a tear rolling down his cheek.
We need to remember everyday all of our soldiers and their families and thank God for them and their sacrifices. At the end of the day, it's good to be a Canadian.
Our Objective: To raise awareness of supporting our Canadian Troops by the sale of recognizable products (eg. pins, badges, bumper stickers/magnets, clothing, etc.) in order to show a nonpartisan Canadian Citizen support for our men and women serving our country. Visit http://www.redfridays.ca/mission.html to find out more.
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The first thing a soldier says when asked 'What can we do to make things better for you?' is....We need your support and your prayers.
Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example; and wear something red every Friday.
The NSFAH is proud to announce the re-launch of Nova Outdoors. Stay tuned for more information as we prepare our first edition in several years, with the June 2017 edition.
NOVA OUTDOORS is a fresh, vibrant quarterly publication primarily focusing on the hunting, trapping and angling community while also highlighting events that matter to those who enjoy the wilds of Nova Scotia.
NOVA OUTDOORS offers a healthy balance of news, community events, club notifications, people and historical features, combined with submitted photos that capture wildlife, nature and angling opportunities, successes, and the one that got away!
Hunters, anglers & trappers turn to NOVA OUTDOORS to find out what’s going in the great outdoors, around the province.
Distribution: NOVA OUTDOORS is a quarterly community magazine, distributed via mail, primarily to subscriptions around Nova Scotia. Paper copies are available through our commercial advertisers as well. NOVA OUTDOORS is distributed in March, June, September and December.
Outdoors writers wanted. We will be publishing local articles and stories from your hunting adventures from time to time. Please send along any articles and color photos you wish to have considered for publication to Ian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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· Entire Firearms Community *: Kellie includes the Sport Shooters (PAL & RPAL holders), Max is hunter focused (PAL only)
· Self-protection *– Kellie only candidate to even address the issue, Max has no comment.
· Immigration* – Kellie says there’s a problem; Max says there is no problem.
· Economic Policy *– Kellie’s statements are more concrete – but both are focused on reducing taxes and promoting overall growth.
· Canadian Rights and Freedoms* – Kellie’s entire campaign revolves her absolute belief in the rights and freedoms of individual Canadians, Max’s policies from all appearances lean towards grabbing the popular vote.
*Voting Issues identified by firearms owners in our ongoing 2016/7 National Community Survey – canadianfirearmsinstitute.ca
We determined our choice by looking at their overall stance and basic attitudes to see how closely and how well they lined up with the survey responses* with respect to voting issues, as the proof is always in the pudding.
Campaign promises, are often designed to grab the popular vote AND are forgotten quickly when it comes down to the crunch - if the politician who made the promises isn’t dedicated to making the changes they’ve promised. Our analysis was based on the written policies of each candidate (or lack thereof as the case may be) not sound bites or comments made while on the campaign trail.
Our Top Two Picks from the Top 5 – Only Two that stated Firearms are Personal Property.
Kellie & Max
· Clearly stated Firearms are personal property (key to moving forward with any firearms legislation)
· Classification System changed( A must have – RCMP need controlling)
· Extension of licensing period (Really Nice perk for us – tax savings for all)
Missing from both
· Stance on UN Marking Regulations
· Promise to focus on crime and criminals
We only looked at the top 5 of the 14 individuals in the Conservative Leadership Race at the time of analysis and they were: Max Bernier, Kellie Leitch, Kevin O’Leary, Erin O’Toole, and Andrew Sheer.
It should be noted that Kevin O’Leary was the only candidate of the 5 that had no stated firearms policy.
The Candidates With A Clear Position:
The Candidates with no stated policy:
Chris Alexander - Steven Blaney –
- Deepak Obhrai
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Every day, we face objections - to our sport, our hunting activities and especially to our clubs all across the country.
... it is experiencing the outdoors and the adventure with family and friends in hopes of filling the freezer. Handed down to me from my grandfather and parents, it runs in my blood and has always been a part of who I am.
Northern Ontario hunting is what I am used to with about 7 years spent in Southern Ontario having my adventures with turkeys and deer it has been different. Learning the differences between these two demographics has been a curve for me as I am used to shooting large calibre rifles and not asking permission as my hunts are on crown land. At first I was surprised and even not impressed with how things are in the south with so many different rules and regulations and it was not what I was used to at all. Becoming more educated on conservation and why things are the way they are started making a lot of sense. In given that, I can talk confidently regarding most hunts in Ontario and Wildlife Management Units regulations.
Turkey is coming up fast and even though I get out there and give it my all, I am still learning about those sneaky fellas, we raise turkeys so it is a little harder to justify the hunt but it is very challenging, I have learned more about turkeys by raising them than by hunting them. The only thing I can say for sure is that when turkey season is over, they show up everywhere!
I have tried many scenarios when it comes to turkey hunting and I will still get up and get out there and scout, call, sit, call, wait, call and so on because it gives me a reason to be outdoors and keep on learning on how to get the job done right but have only been successful a handful of times.
In turkey hunting, you need to remember that you cannot move, DO NOT MOVE, if I say it again, will it sink in? Moving busts you every time, even if you think you are just slightly moving a little bit and you are well hidden, they can see you. Do not wear red, and of course, do not move.
There are a ton of products out there that will assist you in getting your bird and always be careful unless you KNOW you are the ONLY one on private land as I can't tell you how many times I have set up in the dark morning to find out I am sitting 50 yards away from another hunter! If this happens to you, quick give them an owl hoot or some sort of animal to grab their attention and figure out a plan to separate. Also turkey hunting requires no orange safety gear and all camo with even faces covered so be careful going to a new area where another hunter could have permission. When talking to the land owners find if there are other hunters to avoid a potential meet up.
An adventure in the making, a memory forever and a story to share. I'll be sharing my story on JUST HUNT on Canada Hunts on WILD TV airing March 2017 http://www.amandalynnmayhew.com
Amanda Lynn Mayhew - Hunter, Athlete & HOST of JUST HUNT on WILD TV
Official Ambassador, Host of the Great Outdoors Stage - Toronto Sportsmen's Show
www.amandalynnmayhew.com - #JUSTHUNT
Founder of Ontario Women's Hunting Association
"If you don't have anyone to mentor you, how are you going to learn?" - Amanda Lynn Mayhew
TAKE TWO – It’s working
According to data received from the RCMP - the number of women licensed in either category has doubled in less than 7 years. The total number of licenses held has increased by 5% - in a year - WHICH – is a large increase if you take into the high number of older individuals who didn’t renew.
As individuals the most important thing we can do is share our sport with people who know nothing about it. This does not seem important – but it is THE most important thing we can do to save our sport.
Take two to the range. Tell us about it and we’ll send you a “I took Two” t-shirt.
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Most firearms legislation has been driven by emotion but this “emotionally” driven response can be overcome by facts. The Long Gun Registry is a perfect example of this, however it took 10 years and billions of taxpayers’ dollars before we were in the position to effectively refute it. The CFI was the only organization to tally up for an independent polling of Canadians and their opinions with respect to firearms ownership and use.
This poll, once circulated to all politicians, provided statistical proof to the Conservative Government that pulling the plug on the Long Gun Registry was a move that would be supported by the general public and it was.
WE NEED FACTS to Fight to FICTION
The CFI has taken the pro-active lead again – by creating and funding the Community Survey - part 1 of which is currently posted on our site and we encourage you to fill it out – we will be able to provide statistically relevant data to all levels of government across the country.
The analysis of the data collected will be made available to all interested parties, elected officials, provincial organizations, shooting clubs and ranges other National advocacy organizations and businesses.
The overall findings from Part 1 of the Community Survey will be posted on-line and will be available for download to anyone free of charge.
CFI Partner Clubs and Businesses will take precedence and will a receive targeted analysis as a benefit of membership.
There will be a small charge for any other organization or business requesting information that specifically relates to their interests to help offset the cost of the additional analysis required to meet their request.
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Apr 8 - Toronto Military Show
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Apr 29- Shooters Rendezvous
Apr 30 - Crean Hill Gun Show
May 27 - Bracebridge Gun and Military Show
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As we grow as a community, there is a need and a desire for training. The CFI is dedicated to developing and providing this training with attention to safety - to strengthen and support clubs and ranges across Canada.
Having in house instructors at your club – allows your club
· to increase knowledge and ensure a safe shooting environment for all involved.
· the opportunity to earn additional money for the club’s coffers
· offer courses on an as required basis
The cost of for each instructor is $250.00 and the instructor must be a CFI member in good standing. The annual fee is $45.00
The CFI set standard fees for the courses - any individual taking the course must be a CFI member in good standing.
The average income derived for the club is $50.00 per participant.
Currently, the CFI offers club level instructor courses for the following:
Club Level Safety Course
Range Officer Course
Holster Certification course
Action Pistol RO course