CILA

Jul 152011
 

Canada tries to exempt hunting rifles from UN Arms Trade Treaty negotiations

by Bryn Weese
Sun Parliamentary Bureau

The Canadian government is trying to spare hunting rifles and sporting arms from a United Nations one-size-fits-all international standard to regulate the flow of weapons around the world.

Gun advocates in Canada praised the feds Friday, but gun control advocates and the opposition blasted the move as an irresponsible ploy to hamper the UN’s efforts to save lives. Continue reading »

Oct 292010
 

Sport shooters show disgust at feeble ploy to “fix” gun registry

CSSA/CILAby CSSA/CILA

Private Members’ Bill C-580 tabled by NDP MP Charlie Angus earlier this month is ill-conceived and leaves firearms owners to conclude it is nothing more than a confiscation tool.

Bill C-580 is highly flawed legislation that tightens the screws on sport shooters by promoting gun bans, more bureaucracy and more red tape without contributing to public safety. The bill is designed to punish without cause sport shooters who enjoy Canada’s heritage activities, says Tony Bernardo, Executive Director of the Canadian Institute for Legislative Action.

“This bill was designed to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and it took Canadian sport shooters about two seconds to figure that out,” says Bernardo. “It’s the worst kind of insult to Canada’s two million firearms owners because it pretends to compensate for the shortcomings in the wasteful long-gun registry. Instead, it drives a stake deeper into the collective heart of the sport shooting industry.” Continue reading »

Mar 262010
 

The inevitable abuse of RCMP authority rears its ugly head

CSSA/CILAby CSSA/CILA Alert

Since the early days of Bill C-68 the classification of firearms has been a real and valid concern of Canadian gun owners. The arbitrary reclassification of some firearms and the refusal to classify others has not only been a violation of our rights, it has resulted in the confiscation of personal property. This has had a significant financial impact on numerous law abiding citizens. Continue reading »

Apr 012009
 

The Senate’s April Fools Joke on Canada’s Firearms Owners

CSSA/CILACSSA/CILA

The Canadian Shooting Sports Association is deeply mystified by the Senate’s proposed Bill to scrap the long gun registry.

“Bill S-5, only removes the requirement to retain registration certificates. It does not shut down the gun registry.”, said Tony Bernardo, Executive Director of the Canadian Institute for Legislative Action. “By including a statutory requirement to report all transactions of non-restricted firearms to the Chief Firearms Officer, and by having to receive approval for that transfer, the Bill proposes to morph theregistry to a paperless system.” He added, “ As the Chief Firearms Officer is a police official in most jurisdictions, the collected information regarding the buyer, seller and the firearm, will simply be retained as ‘police files’, a registry by any other name”

As the Chief Firearms Officer is provincial in jurisdiction, a system of sharing transfer information from CFO to CFO must be in place to facilitate inter-provincial transfers. The maintenance of thirteen interconnected registries, combined with the time required to transfer many thousands of firearms per day, will increase the cost of operation of the long gunregistry tenfold over the current system.

“Bill S-5 may rid the Conservatives of their Gun Registry commitment but Quebec will maintain it’s beloved registry and Canadian taxpayers will once again be required to fund another giant white elephant disguised as public safety.” stated an unnamed source in the government of Canada.

“Bill S-5 is bad legislation, pure and simple, no matter what branch of government introduces it. It is simply a re-hash of the failed Bill C-24 that died on the Order Paper because of its lack of quality. Any Canadian who cares about where their money is being spent would do well to ignore this legislative disaster and support Bill C-301”added Bernardo.

Bill C-301 is the widely popular Private Members Bill introduced by Garry Breitkreuz February 9, 2009. It has received accolades from all sides of the House of Commons and the Canadian public.

For more information:

Tony Bernardo
Canadian Institute for Legislative Action (CILA)
(905) 571-2150
abernardo343@rogers.com

Larry Whitmore
Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA)
(905) 265-0692
l.whitmore@cdnshootingsports.org

Dec 052008
 

CSSA/CILA website

And now, from the It’s About Time file, we have word from the CILA that the CSSA won’t be taking the So-Called Mayor Of Toronto®’s abusive total shooting range ban (City of Toronto By-Law 1151-2008) lying down and has filed an appeal with the Ontario Municipal Board, challenging the city’s heavy-handed ban on the existence of lawful shooting ranges and businesses.

There, the CILA will be arguing, amongst other things, that “This By-Law has been enacted against federally licensed firearms owners using federally registered firearms at a federally approved range and is contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

This alert from the CILA arrived in our inbox earlier today and is reproduced here in its entirety as a public service to Canadian gun owners.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CSSA/CILA CHALLENGES MILLER TO THE
ONTARIO MUNICIPAL BOARD

It’s (Mayor) Miller Time!

December 4, 2008

CSSA/CILA has filed an appeal with the Ontario Municipal Board, challenging the City of Toronto’s heavy-handed ban on the existence of lawful shooting ranges and businesses.
The challenge is headed up by General Counsel Edward L. Burlew L.L.B. and was filed in regard to By-Law 1151-2008, stating, “The purpose of the by-law is to frustrate and prohibit the establishment and operation of facilities by licensed persons to lawfully manufacture, store and sell registered firearms and lawfully use restricted and non-restricted firearms on premises regulated, inspected, approved and licensed pursuant to the Firearms Act and the Explosives Act (federal statutes) in compliance with the Criminal Code of Canada. These licensed persons constitute an identifiable group of persons, who have met the strict standards of safety, training, manufacture, sale and use of lawfully possessed firearms.”

Mr. Burlew also states, “By-Law 1151-2008 exceeds the jurisdiction of the municipality in that it seeks to control activities that are subject to federal regulation: This By-Law has been enacted against federally licensed firearms owners using federally registered firearms at a federally approved range and is contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

CSSA Executive Director Larry Whitmore says “Legitimate firearms owners are being used as a scapegoat to distract attention away from Mayor David Miller’s inability to deal with violent criminal activity. There are no public safety issues in respect of the manufacturing of firearms o the discharge of firearms at the licensed ranges. There are strict and complex regulations in respect of such places that are designed to ensure public safety. Those involved in the businesses and clubs are individuals and clubs who have already been through strictly governed federal licensing tests and then fully investigated. On top of that, they are regularly inspected by the Chief Firearms Office for compliance to a very rigid set of standards. If unchallenged, other municipalities might be tempted to propose the same ridiculous by-laws.”
“It is painfully obvious that the serious issue of the criminal use of firearms by drug gang members will not be affected by depriving the licensed, registered gun owners from pursuing a federally regulated sport. The issue of gang violence needs to be centred on the actual perpetrator and not on the law abiding licensee,” claimed Tony Bernardo, Executive Director of the Canadian Institute for Legislative Action.
You can read the entire appeal document on www.cdnshootingsports.org at: http://www.cdnshootingsports.org/2008/12/OMB_appeal_form.pdf
WILL YOU HAVE A PLACE TO SHOOT TOMORROW? 
This is a very relevant question and the answer is “nowhere,” unless we aggressively challenge those who would shut us down.  The CSSA/CILA is now involved in 3 major court challenges to defend our rights and our sport.  The Special Authority to Possess challenge goes so the Ontario Court of Appeal on January 6.  The prohibited handgun 12(6) challenge is slated for May 20.  And now we are taking on the City of Toronto.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Our costs are mounting and we cannot continue without your support.  Our membership fees were never intended to cover the legal costs we are now incurring.  If we do not have the resources to stop the “Millers” in this country, the answer to the question above is obvious.  Please contribute by phone (1-888-873-4339), e-mail (info@cdnshootingsports.org) or online.
For more information:

Tony Bernardo
Canadian Institute for Legislative Action (CILA)
(905) 571-2150

Larry Whitmore
Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA)
(905) 265-0692

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