Firearms Owners Association
“I hereby declare my open defiance of the Government
and the Courts of Canada
Today the Supreme Court of Canada rejected my application for “leave to appeal,” thus ending CUFOA’s eight-year court battle to prevent the Government from destroying the firearms that the police have confiscated from us without criminal charge, trial, or conviction.1
In 1995 the Liberal Government passed Bill C-68, the Firearms Act and its consequent amendments to the Criminal Code. In a complete perversion of Canada’s proud history and culture of responsible possession and use of firearm, Jean Chrétien, Allan Rock, and Anne McLellan made the mere possession of a firearm a criminal offence and declared that:
This law seemed to go against basic common sense. I have always believed that a person has the Right to armed self-defence as was first articulated and recognized in the 1689 English Declaration of Rights. 3 After many years of simply ‘believing’, I was forced to take a good, hard look at the historical record. From everything I was able to find, the Right of armed self-defence is not merely an American ideal, but was indeed ‘imported’ into all of British North America. The Right to “have Armes for their Defence” is truly a significant part of our Canadian heritage and culture.4, 5, 6
Being convinced in my belief that the Liberals were legally wrong and that it is total insanity to submit to a Government that presumes the ultimate authority over our lives, I therefore chose not to obey this so-called law. I refused to ask the Government for permission to possess the means to defend myself. Obviously citizens have to have a very good reason not to obey ‘the law of the land.’ But as John Locke declared:
Following the principles of Henry David Thoreau, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr., my associates and I chose to engage in an open, public campaign of active, peaceful, non-violent, civil disobedience to challenge to the licencing mandate of the Firearms Act and its amendments to the Criminal Code. We based our actions upon John Rawls’, A Theory of Justice:
Beginning on Parliament Hill on New Years Day 2003 and over the next two years, in open defiance of the law, we challenged the police to arrest us for possessing our firearms without a licence. In response, the local city police and the provincial RCMP seized and confiscated several of our firearms. But an amendment to the Criminal Code - section 117.03 - introduced by the Liberals along with the Firearms Act, gives the police the authority to seize and confiscate our property without laying any charges against us.2
With three separate court submissions we challenged these confiscation of our property through the three levels of the Saskatchewan “justice” system. We twice applied to have our cases heard before the Supreme Court of Canada.1, 9 After eight years in court, the Supreme Court of Canada on 29 March 2012 refused to hear our last argument. Thus, that honourable Court grants that the Government may “legally” destroy our property without giving us benefit of criminal charge, trial, or conviction.
Since the Government of Canada presumes the authority to pass such an unjust law that allows the police to seize, confiscate, and obtain court orders for forfeiture and destruction of the most vital piece of private property a person can possess, and the Supreme Court of Canada will not even consider this worthy of review, I will no longer regard either the Government or the Courts of Canada as having the “moral basis” to guide my life.
I will at all times remain peaceful and non-violent, but I hereby declare my open defiance of the Government and the Courts of Canada on all items respecting the acquisition, possession, and use of firearms.
Edward Burke Hudson, DVM, MS
1. Application for Leave to Appeal, 11 November 2011
2. "Bill C-68" - the Firearms Act and the consequent amendments
3. English Declaration of Rights, 1689
4. The Canadian Right of Armes for their Defense
5. Boiling Frogs – and Gun Owners, Dr. Gary Mauser, Simon Fraser
6. How the Firearms Act (Bill C-68) Violates the Charter of Rights and
9. Armes for Their Defense; An Inherited, Historical, Canadian Right
Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association