Firearms Owners Association
The Honourable Jim Prentice, P.C., O.C., M.P.
March 2nd, 2007
Edward B. Hudson DVM, MS
Dear Mr. Gingrich,
It was a pleasure to have met you in February at the Saskatchewan Party Convention, and I thank you for your letter. I always appreciate hearing from concerned Canadians and I assure you that I have taken your thoughts under advisement.
I take the promises contained within the Conservative Party’s 2006
platform seriously, and I make every effort to ensure that these promises
are kept. That is why my Cabinet colleagues and I approved Minister Day’s
plan to amend the Firearms Act. Most noticeably, the clauses requiring
owners of non-restricted long-guns to register their firearms will be
remove. This change will put an end to the targeting of responsible firearms
owners with excessive bureaucratic procedure and costly registry processes
that were a hallmark of the previous Liberal governments. Minister Day’s
plan also commits the Government to
That being said, the government will continue to operate a licensing
system (as opposed to the dual licensing and registry system operated
by the previous government) for non-restricted long-guns to ensure that
only those individuals who complete a background and safety checks will
be permitted to possess firearms. This policy is consistent with our 2006
Campaign Platform which, on page 13, emphasized the need for “a
certification system requiring background check and safety training for
I hope this adequately addresses your concerns and that the Conservative Party will continue to enjoy your support. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future with any other concerns you may have.
The Honourable Jim Prentice, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
401 Confederation Building, House of commons, Ottawa, Ontario K1A )A6