Government Says Gun Owners Shouldn’t Face ‘Unfair Treatment’

It sounds like the Canadian government is offering gun owners a glimmer of hope.

“The government believes in balanced, effective gun control that prioritizes public safety while ensuring law-abiding firearms owners do not face unfair treatment,” a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said today in an e-mailed response to questions by TheGunBlog.ca. (See below for full transcript.)

At least two elected officials from the ruling Liberal party have said previously in parliament that the law shouldn’t subject gun owners to unfair treatment. Kevin Lamoureux, a parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, used almost identical language to today’s statement on May 1, 2015, and May 16, 2016. Michel Picard, a parliamentary secretary to Goodale, used similar words right after Lamoureux on May 16, 2016.

Goodale’s office also said today that it’s working hard to fulfill its campaign commitments from October 2015. TheGunBlog.ca considers that many of these would increase the unfair treatment of gun owners beyond what we already face as a result of the Firearms Act, passed under the Liberals.

Following a letter by Goodale to employees yesterday reiterating pledges “to increase gun safety and reduce gun violence,” TheGunBlog.ca contacted Public Safety for more information. The following is a complete transcript of today’s response, with a link from the original e-mail.

(Click here to compare today’s statement to a short comment by the government in July.)

To: TheGunBlog.ca
From: Public Safety Canada, Media Relations
Date: 08 December 2016
Subject: Re: Request for info on Minister Goodale’s comments related to gun safety, violence

Dear [TheGunBlog.ca],

Thank you for your inquiry. I’m pleased to provide you with a statement on behalf of Minister Goodale’s office:

The government made clear promises to Canadians in our election platform to achieve the shared goal of reducing gun violence in Canada. We are hard at work on these commitments.

The government believes in balanced, effective gun control that prioritizes public safety while ensuring law-abiding firearms owners do not face unfair treatment.

We are working with our counterparts to develop a strategy on how the federal government can best support communities and law enforcement in their ongoing efforts to make it harder for criminals to acquire and use firearms and to reduce gang violence.

We are also committed to continuing to make major investments in social infrastructure to address social roots of violence.

The government will not interfere in the police’s decision-making about weapons classifications, as they are the experts in these technical decisions.

Federal officials have met with the government of Quebec to assist with their efforts to create a firearm registry. We will not recreate a federal long gun registry.

The Government of Canada will reconstitute the membership of the Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee (CFAC) to include law enforcement officers, public health advocates, representatives from women’s groups, and members of the legal community. The objective is to achieve a balanced, inclusive and truly representative committee. We hope to announce progress on this work in the near future.

Work on these and other commitments is on-going.

Missing CFSC Exam Results Block Gun Licences in Ontario

The organization that stamps Canadian Firearms Safety Course exams in Ontario said half the tests passed in July and August weren’t processed because of an office mistake, blocking hundreds of people from applying for their gun licences.

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Three Questions for Al Flaherty’s Owner Domenic Saverino

Al Flaherty’s Outdoor Store, founded in Toronto during World War II, has grown to become one of Canada’s biggest firearms retailers. It’s also the last remaining gun shop in Canada’s largest city.

Pressure on the company and its peers continues to mount. The government is preparing new gun laws, a costly requirement to mark new firearms is set to become mandatory next year as part of a UN treaty, and the pending combination of Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Inc. threatens to increase competition and squeeze profit margins at smaller stores.

The following are comments by Domenic Saverino, the owner of Al Flaherty’s. He made them by e-mail on Dec. 5 in response to questions from TheGunBlog.ca (Follow on Twitter: @TheGunBlog).

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Goodale Confirms Plan for New Gun Laws, Advisory Committee

Canadian Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale said he’s preparing new gun laws and will overhaul an advisory committee, reiterating last year’s campaign pledges by the Liberal-led government.

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Gun Policies of Conservative Party Leadership Candidates (2)

(New in this update: Chris Alexander, Maxime Bernier, Kellie Lietch, Erin O’Toole, Andrew Scheer, Brad Trost.)

TheGunBlog.ca is compiling the policies and statements of candidates running for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada related to the freedoms and rights of firearms users and owners. The party’s own policy is at the bottom. Party members are scheduled to elect the next leader in May 2017.

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Gun Policies of Conservative Party Leadership Candidates (1)

(Update on 04 Dec. 2016: Go to www.TheGunBlog.ca to find the latest update of this post.)

This is a collection of policies and statements by candidates running for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada about the legal possession and use of firearms, as well as the party’s own policy. Party members are scheduled to elect the next leader in May 2017.

Each candidate’s comments were copied from their websites.

Updates will be published as often as practicable. Contact: thegunblog.ca@gmail.com

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Getting It Right: It’s Not a Browning ‘Hi-Power’ or ‘High Power’

Browning 9 mm pistol Canadian army
Browning 9 mm pistol. Source: Canadian Army website.

One of the world’s most-popular pistols is based on a design by John Browning of the U.S. and was completed by Dieudonné Saive at Fabrique Nationale in Belgium.

What is the name of that 9 mm handgun? Many of us get it wrong, and TheGunBlog.ca wants to help us get it right.

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