Firearms Owners Association
12 February 2012
Ms. Candice Hoeppner, MP, CPC, Portage-Lisgar
Dear Ms. Hoeppner,
I appreciated the opportunity of meeting you after your Bill C-19 presentation to the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation last Saturday in Lloydminster. While I would like –as you suggested - to “celebrate” the passage of this Bill “to amend the Criminal Code and the Firearms Act”, regrettably and sadly I will not be able to do so.
Bill C-19 is grossly defective. In stark contrast to Mr. Harper’s voluminous rhetoric, this Bill does not fulfill Mr. Harper’s promise to firearms owners.1 Bill C-19 leaves, as you are very well aware, mandatory licencing firmly in place in both the Firearms Act and in sections 91(1) and 92(1) of the Criminal Code.
As your SWF host Greg Illerburn said later in the afternoon, many firearms owners incorrectly expect Bill C-19 to repeal all of the Firearms Act – especially licencing. Responsible firearms owners did not dedicate seventeen years of support and monetary contributions to the Conservatives to have them merely “scrap the long gun registry”. Even after royal assent to Bill C-19, responsible unlicenced firearms owners will still be criminals.
As every Conservative MP knows, we totally rejected the Liberals for their attempt to destroy our Canadian Right to own the most vital piece of personal property that a person could possess. We penalized the Liberals by electing Conservatives who promised to repeal the Firearms Act (Bill C-68) and to remove ss 91(1) and 92(1) from the Criminal Code.
We voted for Mr. Harper and the Conservatives trusting that they would protect our property and recognize our Right to own firearms. Unless you restore sanity to the Conservatives’ view of firearms ownership, your chauffeur for last Saturday, Saskatoon Police Sergeant Murray Grismer will still have the obligation to arrest me and the many thousands of honest, responsible unlicenced gun owners all across Canada.
Please do not destroy the faith we placed in the Conservatives. Repeal licencing and establish a Firearms Prohibition Registry.1
Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association