Of Grace Periods, Guns & Gangs and the Liberal Government’s Gun Control Agenda

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Via Email from the CSSA

The first announcement was the (almost) unexpected gazetting of Section 14 of the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act (CSFLA) (C-42), which implemented a 6-month grace period for expired firearms licences. We say unexpected because the Trudeau Liberals campaigned against Bill C-42 during the 2015 federal election.

The second announcement doled out $327 million to police and border services to combat illegal guns and gangs. We support this initiative – albeit with one important caveat – the money is actually spent on efforts targeting criminal gangs and those who commit violent acts with firearms, and NOT targeting licenced, law-abiding firearm owners.

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Australian Gun Control Fails

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Civilian disarmament advocates tout Australia’s gun control program, brought in after the horrific mass shooting in Port Arthur in 1996, as a resounding success.

In April 2015, US President Barack Obama claimed, “When Australia had a mass killing … it was just so shocking the entire country said, ‘Well, we’re going to completely change our gun laws,’ and they did. And it hasn’t happened since.”

Business Insider reports, “Australia hasn’t experienced a massacre similar to Port Arthur since.”

Reuters reports, “The country has had no mass shootings since.”

There is only one problem with all those statements. They aren’t true.

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Bill C-42 Six Month Grace Period Comes Into Force

 

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A provision contained in Bill-C42, the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act, was Gazetted today, The government announced its intention to enact the Six-Month Grace Period for expired licenses on November 30, 2017.

This progressive provision, developed by former Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney, the CSSA and the Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee, establishes a six-month Grace Period for firearms licence holders that inadvertently fail to renew their licences on time.

Importantly, this provision permits the individual to renew without being in criminal possession of firearms they already own, prevents the loss of Grandfathering rights and provides reasonable reminders to encourage the individual to renew in a timely manner.

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CSSA President Steve Torino Testifies Before the Foreign Affairs Standing Committee on Bill C-47

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Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Mr. Steve Torino (President, Canadian Shooting Sports Association): Thank you Mr. Chairman and members of this committee for inviting me to comment on Bill C-47 and to answer any questions I can in this regard. I would also like to present some relevant background information which may be pertinent to this bill.

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EVIDENCE REVEALS UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS FOR ANTI-GUNNERS

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U.S. anti-gun writer Leah Libresco took a radical approach. She researched the effectiveness of gun control laws in the United States. What she discovered caused a 180-degree shift in her stance on gun control.

She analyzed 33,000 deaths caused by firearms over a three-month period. When her research concluded, it was Libresco’s favourite anti-gun policies which lay dead on the floor.

“The gun control policies I had lobbied for crumbled when I examined the evidence.”

Libresco also researched gun laws in Britain and Australia. Both countries instituted draconian legislation in the aftermath of mass shootings – Dunblane in Britain and Port Arthur in Australia.

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The Liberal’s Anti Gun Echo Chamber

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The Trudeau government’s echo chamber on gun control insists disarming civilians will stop violent crime. That’s the problem with echo chambers – those inside the chamber hear only those opinions they already agree with – they can’t hear anything else.

That deafness only intensifies when governments appoint fellow echo chamber members to “advise” them, as with the federal Department of Public Safety’s Firearms Advisory Committee.

Ralph Goodale, in appointing members to his “new and improved” Firearms Advisory Committee, ensured the committee would tell him what Trudeau’s government wanted to hear. And what the Trudeau Liberals want to hear is their 2015 election platform of lies echoed back to them.

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Liberal’s to Introduce New Firearms Legislation

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Nothing stops violent criminals from getting guns faster than an army of paper-pushing Ottawa bureaucrats. That’s the word from Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government. New Liberal gun control laws are coming, just as we predicted two years ago.

The new Firearms Advisory Committee is in place.They are hard at work at examining other ideas and I would expect to have a legislative package consistent with the commitments that we made during the election campaign with respect to firearms before the House of Commons before the end of the year.quoted a spokesperson for Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale to CSSA’s Tony Bernardo early last week.

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