Owning a Gun Doesn’t Make You a Criminal, By Steve Barta

The following was written by Steve Barta in December 2015 after a shooting massacre in San Bernardino, California, and tweeted to the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights. The CCFR replied today, just as news was breaking of a shooting attack against police officers in Paris.

Timeless relevance?

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Gun Owners and the Charter of Rights After 35 Years: Some Links

Today is the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The document’s legal and political significance and symbolism are as important as they are controversial for all Canadians, especially those of us who buy, sell, own, use or work with guns.

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We Paid $380,600 to Coalition for Gun Control in 2002: Hoplite

Canadians paid $380,600 to the Coalition for Gun Control in 2002 through government funding, according to a report by the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada and published by Hoplite Tactical. Even if it was 15 years ago, it shows how gun owners, shooters and hunters finance those fighting us.

This isn’t just ancient history.

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The Bigger Story of CBC’s Video Recall Is What It Shows About Us

The bigger story of what happened this week, beyond the micro-victory of getting the CBC to remove and fix a short video on Canada’s gun laws, is the display of power by grassroots, decentralized, uncoordinated, independent, networked actors.

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CBC Briefly Pulls ‘Guns in Canada 101’ Video to Fix a Few Errors

The CBC temporarily removed its video on “Guns in Canada 101” to correct a few errors following a complaint to the ombudsman, after shooters, gun-rights groups and media criticized the clip and the company for the inaccuracies and misrepresentations.

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How Long and How Much for a Gun Licence in Canada?

(Update 18 April, 21:00 Toronto time: Adds details from Jay in Nova Scotia. Thank you to everyone who shared their experience by e-mail and on Twitter.)

Fodollah (his username on Reddit) of Toronto got his gun licence this week after roughly four months and almost $500. Congratulations! TheGunBlog.ca asked him for details on timing and costs as a guide for the rest of us.

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Gun Industry Faces Turmoil, Costs as UN Marking Deadline Nears

Canada’s firearm industry is in turmoil over import-marking rules that start June 1, threatening gun shops, importers and consumers with surging prices, business closures and more than 5,000 job losses.

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