‘Restricted’ Gun Licences Rose to 497,686 at June 30

Restricted Firearm Licences CanadaThe number of Canadian licences for handguns, AR-15 rifles and other so-called “restricted” firearms rose to 497,686 at the end of June, the RCMP said today in an e-mailed response to questions by TheGunBlog.ca.

That’s an increase of 26,163 from Dec. 31, and the highest level on record. At that rate, the number of “restricted” licence holders today exceeds the symbolic level of 500,000. (Woo-hoo!)

Canada assigns guns to three classes: non-restricted, restricted, and prohibited, with different laws, rules and licences for each type. In total, more than 2 million Canadians had licences at the end of December, as more men and women sought guns for recreation, competition, hunting and collecting.

The CBC published a related article last week.

Government Rejects Petition to Reclassify AR-15 ‘Non-Restricted’

The Canadian government rejected a petition to simplify buying and using AR-15 rifles, saying it’s the RCMP’s job to decide such changes.

The government doesn’t plan to reclassify the firearm as “non-restricted” from its current label of “restricted,” Ralph Goodale, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, said today in a written response to a petition with more than 25,000 signatures calling for the change.

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Premier Shooting Center Could Become Canada’s Snazziest Range

Derek Jones has a dream. For the past three years, in addition to his job making cameras for military drones, he has been meeting designers, planners, politicians, regulators, architects and investors to build Canada’s snazziest shooting club.

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RCMP Ban on 10/22 Magazines Unconstitutional, CSSA Lawyer Says

The RCMP’s ban on Ruger 10/22 magazines capable of holding more than 10 cartridges is unconstitutional, the lawyer for the Canadian Shooting Sports Association said, urging owners, importers and sellers of the products to join a legal defence.

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Q&A With Team Canada Pistol Shooter Lynda Kiejko

Lynda Kiejko, Team Canada 2016 Shooter
Lynda Kiejko, Team Canada 2016 Shooter. Credit: Heather Rattai Photography

Lynda Kiejko qualified as one of two shooters representing Canada in next month’s Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The 35-year-old resident of Calgary will compete in the women’s 25-metre pistol and 10-metre air pistol.

Kiejko began shooting at the age of 11 after her father, a three-time Olympic shooter, now deceased, set up an air-pistol range in the basement of their home. Her home range today is the Calgary Rifle & Pistol Club. Her older sister, Dorothy, is also an Olympic shooter.

The following are excerpts from a Skype interview with Kiejko on July 14. Click here for the full transcript as a PDF.

For more information, visit Kiejko’s website at CanadianShootingStars.com, or her page on the Canadian Olympic Team’s website.

Q: What excites you the most about Rio?
Once I fire that first shot, I’m officially an Olympian. After that, I just get to shoot. I get to do what I love to do. This is such an incredible opportunity that I get to do it on such a great world stage.

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RCMP Attack on Ruger 10/22 Owners Unites Gun-Rights Groups

Canadian Shooting Sports Association national police attack firearms communityThe RCMP’s attack on owners of the popular Ruger 10/22 small-calibre rifle is prompting Canadian gun-rights groups to unite in opposition.

The RCMP plans to reclassify 10/22 magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of the .22 LR cartridge as “prohibited devices,” Calibre Magazine said July 18, potentially leading to criminal charges for anyone who owns, transports or sells them. Firearms-rights associations said the move isn’t allowed under Canadian laws and regulations.

“Canada’s national police force has chosen to continue its unabated attack on our nation’s law-abiding firearms community,” the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) said July 22 on its website. “We are currently examining several options with our sister organizations and members of the industry, and we will need your participation.”

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