"Sheldon Clare, President of the National Firearms Association, is pushing for changes in legislation."(1)
"Gun lobby wants more from Conservatives"
Thanks, Sheldon, excellent interview. Job well done.
I particularly liked the way you ended this article by emphasizing our disappointment with Mr. Harper's refusal keep his promise to repeal the Firearms Act.(2) You declared for all of us:
"We were expecting more."
"I'd be misleading you if we said we weren't disappointed in the lack of effort in a number of areas."(1)
Thanks for reminding everyone that this battle is about the licensing of firearms owners. In 1994 Kim Campbell's conservative Government passed Bill C-17; the prime evil of that bill was a firearms owner licensing system.
The Liberals in their turn made the owner licencing mandate explicit in 1995 with Bill C-68. Those changes to the Criminal Code made the mere possession of a firearm without a licence a criminal offense that carries very serious jail time.
You are dead-on when you declared that Mr. Harper's Bill C-42 that keeps licensing in place is "not good firearms legislation."
During his nine years in power, Mr. Harper has steadfastly made the Liberals' licencing mandate his own policy. Mr. Harper's Minister of State Lynne Yelich openly declared:
"Our Conservative government has always been clear: we support the licensing of people who own firearms."(3)
Professor Gary Mauser has clearly identified that the licensing of firearms owners is worse than the registration of firearms.(4) Firearms licencing destroys our Right to have a firearm for self-defense.(5)
We need a Government that truly respects our Right of armed self-defense. If we do not "see some true changes," there is not need to vote for Mr. Harper in the next election.
Thanks again for standing up for us.
1. Gun lobby wants more from Conservatives, Andrew Seymour, Ottawa Citizen
2. Mr. Harper’s Promise to Repeal Bill C-68
"I was and still am in total agreement with the statement made in the House of Commons by former Reform Leader Preston Manning on 13 June 1995:
'Bill C-68, if passed into law will not be a good law. It will be a blight on the legislative record of the government, a law that fails the three great tests of constitutionality, of effectiveness and of democratic consent to f the governed. What should be the fate of a bad a law? It should be repealed ... .'
"Bill C-68 [The Firearms Act] has proven to be a bad law and has created a bureaucratic nightmare for both gun owners and the government. As Leader of the Official Opposition, I will use all powers afforded to me as Leader and continue our party’s fight to repeal Bill C-68 and replace it with a firearms control system that is cost effective and respects the rights of Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly."
- Stephen Harper, 19 January 2002
3. CUFOA NewsLetter June 2012
4. Dr. Gary Mauser, The Federal Firearm Licence Will Destroy Traditional Canada
5. The Firearms Act, chapter 39, Statues of Canada -1995; p. 5
The Governor in Council may make regulations
(a) regarding the issuance of licenses ... prescribing the circumstances in which persons are or are not eligible to hold licences; ...
(c) prescribing the circumstances in which an individual does or does not need firearms
(1) to protect the life of that individual, ...