Regarding pending Bill S-223, introduced by Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette

by Al Flaherty's April 19, 2016 5 Comments

Regarding pending Bill S-223, introduced by Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette

We apologize for this somewhat long winded posting, but while core of what it involves is quite important to firearms owners from all backgrounds, the expense is something that we would all bare.

In the last few days the rumbling has begun regarding a bill introduced by Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette, one whose title is misleading and pandering in a way that would damage the trust of the sporting community for decades to come. The "Strengthening Canadians' Security and Promoting Hunting and Recreational Shooting Act" would introduce a number of measures that would be expensive, profoundly restrictive, and do very little to assist with those activities.

The act would remove our current system for firearms, removing Prohibitted, Restricted, and Non-Restricted from the classifications, and introducing a reworded class system. This in itself is not entirely a bad thing, but a clause of the the restrictions introduced for the "Circumscribed" subset of firearms would be a disaster for the sport shooting & hunting industry in Canada, in addition to requiring a new framework which has historically been a monstrous expense. The previous Long Gun Registry cost over $1-Billion to bring about, in a time of belt tightening across the country, the money required would have to be diverted from many other programs Canadians need, or with costly new taxes and prohibitive service fees.

Two major elements of the new Circumscribed class of firearms have stood out as being deeply discouraging and unreasonable for hunters and recreational sport shooters. Currently our firearm laws accept semi-automatic firearm as a long standing traditional hunting platform, popular among people from a wide variety of backgrounds across the country. These firearms date back over 100 years, and include the extremely popular Browning Auto-5, a shotgun that was patented in 1900, designed over 116 years ago, and manufactured up until 1998! This gun, and many like it would over-night become ineligible for use in hunting or recreational use despite being a traditional favorite used by multiple generations of Canadian families, damaging to the trust of many future generations in our governments capacity to craft reasonable and well thought out regulations.

Currently we have regulations in place limiting the magazine capacity on these firearms which have been quite successful in ensuring that the rules work towards a balance between safety & sport, but the new classification would throw this balance right out the window. One of the most concerning of the elements of the proposed Circumscribed class would be the introduction of centralized storage for the pending "Circumscribed" or "Prohibited" firearms. Many of these items are quite valuable, and sensitive to mishandling. Moving them to a centralized storage ignores the liability of damages or the increased value of the items as a target for theft. This act proposes no financial elements to support these security & liability issues, nor the additional costs of transport to and from centralized locations, how they may be setup, or where they may be located. The issue of storage locations could additionally be a serious concern in more remote communities where a local neighbor may be several hours away, and centralized storage being even further.

An additional complication of the proposed Act comes for businesses that may have sold semi-automatic firearms now classified as Circumscribed for sporting & hunting, requiring that all employees of be fully licensed for Circumscribed firearms, regardless of department. This would likely end in many businesses reducing staff, or entirely removing departments due to the logistical difficulties this would introduce. In a time of huge unemployment across the country, this would be salt in the wounds of an already suffering public. It is important for the people involved with this law to understand the depth of impact on finances in the daily lives of many Canadians this would make. There is no mention in the act of what costs or requirements may be in place for any education or training for these licenses, a serious oversight which highlights the short-sighted nature of the legislation.

We encourage you to contact your local representatives, and politely let them know that this proposed act is simply not suitable for the finances, safety, or recreational benefit of Canadians.




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5 Responses

Bruce
Bruce

May 02, 2016

My family fought in ww1 and WW2 and my father with other WW2 vets founded our Hunt Camp in 1958.We all have to do what it takes to preserve our Hunting and shooting heritage.
I will not give up my fire arms.

TJ
TJ

April 29, 2016

This bill was ridiculous, and displayed tremendous ignorance of the reality that hunters and sports shooters have worked within, safely, for many years. There is no crisis of violence. Gun crime is down, gun homicides are down, gun suicides are down, by 40-50% or more over the past few decades, all despite more guns owned by more Canadians than ever before. The only source of increased gun crime is criminal gang activity, and they are not going to be influenced by any gun control measure.

However this bill pans out, we can be certain that some form of renewed attack on gun owners is coming from this Liberal government. Our response to this foolish bill of the Senator should make it clear that we will fight whatever comes next hard and long. So people should write their letters now, and maybe we can reduce some of pain that will be coming our way in the future, and prepare for the political battles ahead. Dark times are ahead for freedom in Canada.

Scott Suter
Scott Suter

April 23, 2016

Thanks for enlightening me regarding this ridiculous and unnecessary change. It seems the Liberal government is intent on punishing the sporting community as a spontaneous reaction to convince the public that they are enhancing safety. I wrote my Liberal MP, Kyle Peterson:

Dear Sir,

As a recreational sports shooter and hunter I am completely opposed to further regulating/changing existing regulations which are currently sufficient for the purposes of public safety. Changing the classification of semi-automatic hunting shotguns and prohibiting them from use for hunting purposes will do nothing to enhance public safety and will have a deleterious impact on my ability to hunt. I have aged and recently selected a semi-automatic shotgun for hunting purposes due to the reduced recoil being easier on my aging body. This proposed act is simply not suitable for the finances, safety, or recreational benefit of Canadians.

Regards,

Miguel TM
Miguel TM

April 23, 2016

Apparently she had to retire on April 22, 2016 due to reaching the age of 75 . I think this was solely a last chance effort to get her name in the history books. None of it makes any sense. Storing firearms in large quantities at ranges etc is a recipe for disaster .

Dave Bigras
Dave Bigras

April 22, 2016

Do the people who come up with these ridiculous rules (laws?) even have the slightest understanding of what we,as gun owners go through every time we handle and use our guns?
It is not the responsible law abiding gun owners that are committing crimes with their legally purchased and stored guns,it would be the criminals with illegally purchased or stolen guns.
Magazine capacity does not affect or deter criminals from acts of violence,they can just carry more magazines,which does not greatly affect the rate at which they can inflict damage.
What is wrong with the way our guns are stored,locked up in a gun cabinet or safe in our homes? Nothing! A centralized lock up would be at the least ,the most idiotic thing to do. It would open up a whole new avenue for criminals to obtain our guns.
Through safety and proper training guns are not dangerous, they are enjoyed by millions of hunters,sport shooters and collectors. Who by the way are not evil murderous conniving criminals! Why don’t you work on getting the illegal guns off the streets and leave the law abiding, honest people alone. Before I went for my license, I read a lot about the laws and regulations, it made me feel like gun owners are looked down upon. Usually by those that are uninformed and ignorant or heard this or that about guns and how the color of a gun makes it more dangerous. Or how all gun owners are guilty until proven innocent, even though chances are you will not get a firearms licence if you have an extensive and violent criminal background.
This is just my opinion or is it? Could be the opinion of a million others !

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