Firearms Owners Association
25 February 2012
Scott Hennig, Canadian Tax Payers Federation
Bill C-19, Mr. Harper’s latest bid to end the “long-gun registry”, is now in the Senate. Unfortunately this inadequate legislation leaves licencing, the worst part of the Firearms Act, fully intact. Far too many responsible firearms owners do not seem to comprehend the insidious, destructive nature of licencing. Therefore I was very encouraged by your previous suggestions to “go further” and “do away with licencing.”
Canada has a proud history and culture of positive firearms ownership. 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 correctly 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 their Convention in June 2013. We have no intention to sit idly by and listen to hollow elections promises for another three years.
To replace licencing, 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, as you suggested, go back to the 1977 Bill C-51 style FAC, we can do immensely better than being required to pass a course merely to possess our property.
We look forward to working synergistically with the Canadian Tax Payers Federation to effect these changes now while we have this unique window of opportunity.
Edward B. Hudson DVM, MS
Encl: Firearms Prohibition Registry (FPR).
Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association