TheGunBlog.ca is:

  • A website created by Nicolas Johnson in 2015. It is independent and unaffiliated.
  • Canada’s leading media for gun rights, politics, policy and the firearm industry.
  • A remarkable success of independent journalism and effective advocacy.
  • A trusted source of exclusive news, original analysis and intelligent commentary for leaders who think about, legislate, regulate, police or do business with people who use guns.
  • A strong community of Canadians who care deeply about our rights and our guns. For many of us, this goes way beyond “gun rights.” It’s about culture, liberty, politics, democracy … and the direction of our country.
  • The largest and most-engaged community of Canadian Gunnies on Twitter via @TheGunBlog. See our Twitter polls here and here.
  • We’re present but not active on YouTube, Instagram @TheGunBlog.ca and Facebook.


TheGunBlog.ca inspires, informs and makes change happen.



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  • Media: Quote us as an authoritative and reliable source of information and opinion (See below.) Consult us for background information and context.
  • Gun Industry, Shooting Clubs, Target Ranges: Recommend and use our publications.
  • Athletes and Competitors: Count on us to report their victories and save their sport.
  • Individuals: Rely on us for information and inspiration.



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Original Introduction (January 2015)

I created TheGunBlog.ca (Twitter: @TheGunBlog) to promote the safe, respectful, responsible, informed and skilled use of firearms in Canada.

TheGunBlog.ca aims to be a hub for information, facts, data, news, analysis and opinion for anyone and everyone wanting to learn about guns in Canada. It seeks to be thoughtful, fair, balanced and fun.

Whether you love guns or hate them or are in between, whether you are a novice or expert with firearms, whether you want to learn about guns for collecting, hunting, competing, relaxing, training, writing, photographing, defence, war, work, fun, as a hobby or lifestyle, or anything else, TheGunBlog.ca aims to serve you.

If you like this blog, please share it with people who might enjoy it.

Thank you for visiting.

Nicolas Johnson
04 January 2015
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Contact me here.


About the Editor

  • Has been into guns since he was a boy.
  • Enjoys handguns, rifles and shotguns.
  • Supports freedom and rights of people to own and use firearms for protection, hunting, recreation, competition and collecting.
  • Has a particular interest in politics, policy and personal protection.
  • Says: The most important part of gun rights isn’t “gun,” it’s “rights.”
  • Is closer to believing that firearm ownership and training should be mandatory than to believing it should be prohibited. But dislikes “mandatory” anything.
  • Current or past member of Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ), Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights (CCFR), Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA), National Firearms Association (NFA), Shooting Federation of Canada (SFC), U.S. National Rifle Association (NRA).
  • Certified range-safety officer.
  • NRA certified instructor.
  • Career in journalism, media and publishing for more than 20 years, mainly for a major global media company.
  • Ran as a political candidate.

Some of My Other Interests

    • Living bliss (love, kindness, fulfilment, authenticity, joy, …). It’s a work in progress.
    • Creative expression, authentic communication, doing work that matters. Strongly inspired by Seth Godin. One of my most rewarding activities besides running this website is running public-speaking workshops.
    • Journalism, media, independent publishing, entrepreneurship, social movements, leadership, political philosophy, risk.
    • The “liberty vs. security” debate: protecting civil liberties as we protect innocent life from potential and actual violence, from random street crime to terrorism to war.
    • Avoiding and recovering from crisis and collapse (emergency management, disaster preparedness, business continuity, crisis communication, system fragility, …). Strongly inspired by two events: (1) covering the global financial crisis of 2007-2010 in real-time as a financial journalist. (2) Living and working in Japan during the March 2011 earthquake + tsunami + Fukushima nuclear meltdown.

TheGunBlog.ca Is Also

  • A remarkable success of digital journalism, advocacy and influence on the most controversial and polarizing technology available to individuals.
  • Thought leadership on how we think about and talk about: guns, freedom, rights, responsibility, intent, agency, ethics, regulation, legislation, safety, security, defence, protection, force, violence, attacks, danger, risk, threats, crime, terrorism, targets, victims, policing, symbols, technology, weapons, and more.
  • A valuable repository of original data and research for policymakers, journalists, academics and industry.

Important Disclosures

This Update: 03 January 2019

Alignment of Interests, Independence, Standards

  • I do my utmost to provide good ideas and information.
  • Nothing on this website constitutes legal advice, tactical advice or any other advice.
  • I am a past, present or future customer or member of many of the businesses, associations and political parties that I write about, e.g. gun stores, manufacturers, clubs, trainers, ranges, CSSA, CCFR, NFA, NRA, SFC, Conservative Party of Canada, Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, …
  • Update 03 Jan 2019: I decide what gets published, nobody else. I have preferred products, but I don’t run annoying or disruptive ads. I don’t run ads or “sponsored content” disguised as news.
  • I am committed to independence, accuracy, credibility, fairness, transparency, accountability, and other values of journalism ethics.
  • Update 03 Jan 2019: I recognize that trust is hard to win and easy to lose. I want to keep your trust.

Payments, Donations and Ads

  • I solicit donations and payments.
  • I receive donations and payments from individuals, businesses, associations, etc. that I write about. In most cases, I don’t know or verify the identity or the affiliations of donors.
  • I earn a commission from the Store.
  • Update 22 Oct 2018: I have a complimentary membership from a target range.
  • Update 03 Jan. 2019: I haven’t run any ads or sponsorships, but it’s something I may experiment with soon. If I run ads, it would be with brands and people I trust, and it would be done in a way that respects the values, principles and design of this website. So no pop-ups and flashing lights.

Role as Media

  • I benefit from advantages generally accorded to media, such as invitations and permissions to attend private events. These include trade shows, factory tours and range events that offer the use of guns and ammo without charge, or for a small fee, and may include meals.
  • I don’t have any direct financial stake or financial interest in any company, association or topic that I cover.
  • I am a past, present or future member of political parties. See above.
  • I have accepted standard trade-show swag, such as pens, pins, keychains, coffee mugs, coasters, a book and a paper target.

Privacy & Security

  • I value personal privacy and information security.
  • If you e-mail me, I consider it private and confidential. I expect the same consideration from you.
  • I will never sell, share, rent or abuse your personal information. In most cases, I will never ask for it.
  • I use subscriber information to share information relevant and related to TheGunBlog.ca, such as e-mail notifications about new posts or campaigns, and related news.
  • I recognize that risks always exist, and I use third-party software (e.g. Gmail, GiveWP, MailChimp, Paypal, Stripe, WordPress, several WordPress plugins, …) to manage subscriptions and donations.

Subscribing & Unsubscribing

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“Appreciate your passion and ongoing direction in support of the industry at large.” — Canadian sales manager for a major firearm manufacturer. 06 Jul 2018


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“Thank you @TheGunBlog for your continued support of shooting sports!” — Allan Harding, Canadian National Pistol Champion, 15 Nov. 2018 in Toronto (14 Nov. in Washington State)

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