Bureaucratic Buffoonery

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And they can’t figure out why we get our dander up

by Dr. Michael Ackermann M.D.

I am attempting to wade through the bureaucratic quagmire that is the required trial by ordeal in order for me to legally take possession of my own personal property, to wit, a .223 semi-automatic rifle I purchased at the CSSA AGM on April 26.

The seller and I reached a mutually agreeable price, I showed my PAL, and paid. So far so good.

Under any sane system of laws, that would be the end of it and I would then arrange transport of my new tool to my house via Canada Post.

But we don’t have sane, evidence-based laws. We have knee-jerk, emotionally driven laws.

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So, the seller has to initiate a transfer with the Canadian Firearms Centre (CFC), stating that they sold so-and-so gun to me and my PAL # is such-and-such. Which he did.

Again, any sensible person would think that would be the end of it, but, no, the CFC for some reason wants to talk to me personally about it. So I wait for a call from the CFC that never comes.

Finally, I decide to call them. I first call their Nova Scotia office and after listening to a robot list off a bunch of non-applicable information, I am finally directed to call the 1-800-731-4000 number. There is no option to talk to a human, only listen to the recordings.

bangheadhereI call this number. Again, there is no option to talk to a human, only listen to the recordings. After another bunch of non-applicable menu choices, I am finally told that in order to deal with Application to Transport requests, I must call 1-800-731-4000.

Yes, that’s right – in order to deal with my issue, I have to call the number I just called. What different response can I expect to get by calling the same robot I was just listening to?

On May 16th I got a call back from the NS office. Advised to press the keypad in a certain order. This done, I then waited on hold for about 10 minutes for the next available representative. Then a polite lady asked me a few questions and then stated all was in order and they would forward the file back to the NS office and then they would issue new ATT, then the transfer of my personal property can proceed with the blessing of the State.

So nice that my papers are all in order at last. Now I wait…

And they wonder WHY we gun owners have had it up to our eyeballs with this crap – crap that in no way affects the violent activities of criminals. For this, dear taxpayer, you are paying $60 million each year above the $2 billion start-up costs.

Do you feel safe yet?

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