Firearms Owners Association
Mr. Harper Has Not Kept his Promise to Firearms Owners
"I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch
what they do."
In protecting our Right to own and use firearms we need to pay close attention to what Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said as compared to what Mr. Harper has actually done. These are Mr. Harper’s words:
Regrettably, Mr. Harper has not honoured his words with his actions.
While constructing the Conservative Party’s firearms policy in March 2005, the framers referred to the Liberals' 1995 Bill C-68 as the “gun registry legislation”. I know; I was a voting delegate at those firearms policy discussions in Montreal. The term “long-gun registry” is not an equivalent to Bill C-68. Mr. Harper’s Government coined this misleading phrase shortly after gaining power in January 2006. Simply scraping the 'long gun registry' does not meet Mr. Harper’s promise and certainly does not fulfill the Conservative Party of Canada's Firearms and Property Rights policy.( 2 , 3 ) Mr. Harper is deceiving Canadians into believing that it does.
The Conservative Party’s Firearms Policy contains several vital points.
First, the CPP Policy calls for the "repeal of Canada's costly gun registry legislation" (the Liberals' 1995 gun law, Bill C-68). Repealing Bill C-68 - not simply scraping the ‘long gun registry’ - would have ended firearms registration AND owner licensing. Repealing Bill C-68 would return twelve of our suppressed civil rights back to Canadians.(4)
Secondly, passing legislation "respecting the rights of law-abiding Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly" would prevent future governments from reintroducing future civil rights infringing gun laws like Bill C-68.
Third, changing the Liberals' licensing scheme to "a certification screening system", a system similar to the old FAC, would be acceptable to most within the firearms community.
Mr. Harper has not promoted the Conservative Party of Canada's policies as he should have. His Government erroneously states that simply destroying the long-gun data will prevent another 'long-gun registry' from being revised. This is utter hogwash; licenced gun owners’ names still exists on a national registry.(5)
Thus in passing Bill C-19, “Ending the Long-gun Registry Act", Mr. Harper used a deceptive “bait-and-switch" tactic and betrayed Canadian gun owners.
Some have suggested that Bill C-19 was a "good first step." Unfortunately that is sadly not the case. The Liberals’ Bill C-68 of 1995, now specifically called, "Statutes of Canada 1995 Chapter 39, an Act respecting firearms and other weapons" is flourishing well. Mr. Harper's Government is now using this unjust law for civilian disarmament in direct violation of the Conservative Party of Canada's Constitution and the Party's policies.
When previously fighting the Liberals, former Conservative Firearms Critic, Garry Breitkreuz, MP said,
Section 117.15(2) is part of Bill C-68 and under Mr. Harper still remains vital law. All the legal appeals to retain private possession of these handguns have been lost. Theses seizures and confiscations are being done under the Harper Government’s watch. For example, the Conservative developed and deployed the RCMP CFP Mobile Service Delivery Vehicle Unit. These trucks now travel across the country, providing firearms and ammunition destruction and disposal to all law enforcement agencies.(7)
In addition to seizing and destroying handguns, on December 20, 2011, the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program served hundreds of registered owners of Armi Jaeger AP80, a .22-calibre semi-automatic carbine rifle, with a 'notice of revocation'. As a result, the AP80 can now be owned or used only by people possessing certain rare "grandfathered" prohibited licences.(8)
And as the NFA called to our attention, on December 30, 2011, the RCMP issued a second notice of revocation for the Walther G22 rifle. This rifle, also a .22-calibre semi-automatic, was prohibited because the stock on the rifle is now considered a "prohibited device" – a prohibited aftermarket stock.(9) Sadly firearms confiscation without compensation contrary to Conservative Party principles and policies has been the creed of Mr. Harper’s Government.
Mr. Harper’s actions make a sad mockery of his words.
For Mr. Harper to regain the trust and support of firearms owners, I offer him four suggestions:
Until Mr. Harper has implemented these suggestions, repealed the entire Firearms Act, and deleted Criminal Code section 91(1) that makes the mere possession of a firearm a criminal offence, he does not deserve our respect, and certainly not our vote.
1. Mr. Harper’s Promise to Firearms Owners
2. Firearms Policy
The Conservative Party Policy - March 2005
The Conservative Party Policy - March 2005
4. How Bill C-68 Violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Dr. Ted
5. The Conservatives’ Statements in Praise of the Licencing Mandate
of the Liberals’ 1995 Firearms Act, Bill C-68
6. Registration does Lead to Confiscation, Garry Breitkreuz, MP
7. The RCMP CFP Mobile Service Delivery Vehicle Unit
8. RCMP to confiscate more guns before registry ends(Canada)
9. RCMP Reclassifying Firearms and "Rifle Stocks" In Run Up
To The End Of Long Gun Registration.
10. Draft Apology to Responsible Firearms Owners
* Andrew Carnegie