Firearms Owners Association
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
Sheldon Clare, President
I was very encouraged by the NFA’s Press Release of 15 February 2012. I was especially impressed with your statement, "This program (licencing) is not about saving lives, it is about excessive state control." Far too many otherwise responsible firearms owners do not seem to comprehend the insidious, destructive nature of the licencing mandate of the Firearms Act and therefore “celebrated” the passage of Bill C-19. I appreciate your calling attention to this distressing, but vital issue of our elected Government “trying to change how people live.”
Canada has a proud history and culture of positive firearms ownership. Rather than trying to change/control us, the Government of Canadian must recognize our Right to property and the Right of responsible Canadian citizens to possess, own, and use our firearms. Unless Mr. Harper and his Conservative Government enact laws that genuinely and truly adhere to the CPC Policy to respect the “Right of law-abiding Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly”, they are no different than Jean Chrétein’s Liberals.
Because we are now in a “normal” four-year election cycle, we believe it is essential for Mr. Harper to introduce legislation repealing all of the Firearms Act and its supporting Criminal Code provisions not later than June 2013. We have no intention to sit idly by and listen to hollow elections promises for another three years.
To make Canadian safer, CUFOA has proposed a Firearms Prohibition Registry (FPR). I have enclosed a handout demonstrating the method and advantages of the FPR. Whether Canada adopts the FPR, an USA-style ‘instant background check’, or the Bill C-51, 1977 FAC, we can do immensely better than having “to take a course merely to own one's own property".
We look forward to working synergistically with the NFA to effect these changes now while we have the opportunity.
Edward B. Hudson DVM, MS
CC: Blair Hagen, Executive VP Communications
Encl: Firearms Prohibition Registry (FPR).
Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association