May 092012

RIP long-gun registry. Now let’s take aim at licensing

by Ryan Shervill
Outdoor Canada

Firearms licensing as we now know it in Canada needs to go. I’m sure that statement will set off alarm bells from coast to coast, with people shaking their heads in disbelief over such nonsense, but let me explain.

Over the last decade, hunters banded together with other shooters of all stripes to get rid of the reviled long-gun registry. This was a giant step forward for law-abiding firearms owners, but unless we address the major problems with the current licensing laws, the elimination of the registry isn’t really enough to help anyone who owns and uses guns.

The key issue that needs to be understood is the difference between licensing and certification. In the days before Possession and Acquisition Licences, or PALs, we had a card known as the Firearms Acquisition Certificate, which allowed people to purchase firearms. Known as an FAC, it was proof you’d undergone a criminal background check, had an interview with a police officer and there was no reason you shouldn’t own a firearm. This was a form of certification, and the only people who had to worry were criminals and those otherwise prohibited from owning firearms. Continue reading »

Oct 072011

Here we are again, following Emily whilst she does her best Theseus impression.  I have to admit, I find it amusing that she finds it confusing (say that ten times fast).  If she thinks her trials so far are a pain, I’d love to see her try to get just a regular PAL up here.

Hey, at least they aren’t grilling her about her love life* …

Inside D.C.’s gun registry

The D.C. Gun Registry office is not where you go for help getting a legal gun; it’s where you go to get more confused by bureaucracy.

After going thorough the magnetometers at D.C Police headquarters on Wednesday, the first door I saw said “GUN REGISTRY.” That was easy, I thought. I went through the glass doors and entered a narrow office with a desk in front manned by a single female unformed police officer.  Continue reading »

Oct 052011

For those of you who don’t know (I sure didn’t), Emily Miller is a senior editor at the Washington Times.  Lately, she’s been up to seeing what can happen as she legally tries to get her hands on a gun in America’s capital (recently divested of its idiotic gun ban by the US Supreme Court’s Heller decision).

Since this seems like an interesting thing, I’m going to follow her too…

Emily gets her gun

I want a gun. I don’t feel safe living in Washington, D.C. and want to protect myself. I’m starting today by going down to City Hall to find the gun permit office to tell them, “I want a gun.” This series will follow me as I navigate the city bureaucracy and outdated rules in order to legally buy a firearm.

My desire for a gun started when I had to face down over a dozen criminals on an empty cul de sac in Washington, D.C., armed only with a Blackberry. Continue reading »

Jan 102010

Lies and conceits of gun control

Canadian gun lawby Bruce N. Mills

The basic, default condition in a free society must, of course, be “freedom.”  “Freedom” is the ability of individuals to conduct their lives, and exercise their rights, as they see fit, without let or hindrance from the State or others.  The proper role of the State is to maximize the level of “freedom” for its citizens.

“Crime” occurs when one person contravenes the rights of someone else, thus causing them “harm;” laws that establish and proscribe punishments for these kinds of acts are malum in se laws – acts that are bad because they are inherently bad.  Laws that restrict or deny the free exercise of your rights are inherently bad; these laws are malum prohibitum laws – acts that are bad because the State says they are bad. Continue reading »

Apr 152009

Want a gun permit? Tell us about your sex life

by George Jonas
National Post

‘What’s your topic?’ my editor wanted to know. “Guns once more, with feeling,” I replied, although I could have saved a syllable by saying simply “Guns more with feeling.” The late opera composer Tibor Polgar urged his librettists to save syllables. “To make the world a better place,” he used to say.

No doubt. Saving a syllable here, a question there, a requirement or prohibition somewhere else, to say nothing of a policy or law, might make the world more livable. Saving our breath is the best solution in the end — but in the interim it’s hard not to talk about guns once more. Continue reading »

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