Posts Tagged ‘federal gun registry’

Farewell to the firearm registry?

February 16, 2009

Canadian firearm owners are actually looking at a real possibility of getting rid of the long gun portion of the federal firearm registry.

On February 10th Saskatchewan Member of Parliament Garry Breitkreuz presented a private member’s bill, C301, that would eliminate the long gun registration for Canadian gun owners. This is a long awaited step for farmers, ranchers, hunters, collectors, sport shooters or just generally anyone that legitimately owns a rifle or shotgun in Canada.

Background information on the bill details the other aspects of the proposed legislation that will be of interest to a lot of gun owners.

  • It will streamline Authorizations to Transport (ATT) and make them part of the individual’s licence. Something that should have been done right from the beginning.
  • It will merge the Possession Only Licences (POL) and Possession & Acquisition Licences (PAL) which is something that also should have been done a long time ago.
  • It will extend a license from 5 to 10 years. A lifetime licence would have been a better, but apparently there was opposition to that option.

Of course being tabled and being passed are two different things. But this one may actually have a good chance of making the grade, especially since it looks as though the opposition parties will allow a free vote by their members and there are a good number of Liberal, NDP and even Bloc MPs that come from rural areas where the firearms registry is an issue. We can only hope.

The catch will be how strong the backlash will be from the anti-gun groups, some of which had a direct hand in writing the original bill, C-68, and who will be lobbying heavily to convince MPs to oppose the Breitkreuz bill.

It behooves every gun owner to contact their local MP and tell them how important this bill is.


Happy New Year: We can only hope!

January 1, 2009

To all of you who wander by this site from time to time, I wish you all the best in the coming year.

We can only hope that the economy finally stabilizes and starts a steady upward climb. It may be overly optimistic, but 2008 did end on a bit of an upturn. Maybe that’s an omen.

It would be nice to see the federal gun registration disappear off the books. I think the government could really make it happen if it was a priority for them. But unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case. We get lip service, but no serious action. Actually, the Federal Firearms Act needs to be completely re-written with the intent of making it more friendly to law-abiding gun owners, but unless we can get someone sympathetic to the issue, whether a senior bureaucrat or a highly ranked politician with the balls to push for an intelligent review of the current mess, that is unlikely to happen.

Will 2009 be the year when the media finally figures out the animal rights movement and quits pimping their message? Probably not, but you would think that there would come a time.

Is this winter the turning point for the global warming religion? As much as I would rather see some global warming rather than a cooling phase it might be worth it to hear the sound of silence coming from the “settled science” group. (Which takes me to a pet peeve of mine – if it’s settled it’s not science).

And of course – World Peace. No danger of that coming to be, but if that was ever to happen I can’t imagine the amount of Britney Spears stories we would have to endure on TV.

At best we can wish for the simple things. Good health and happiness in our lives. I wish that for you all. Oh, plus an improved golf game for me.