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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or online
For more information:
Canadian Institute for Legislative Action (CILA)
Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA)