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Ethics, Interests and Payments
This Update: 05 November 2019
Alignment of Interests, Independence
- I do my utmost to provide good (accurate and beneficial) 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, …
- I am committed to independence, accuracy, credibility, fairness, transparency and other values of journalism ethics.
- I choose what to publish. Nobody pays me to publish anything.
- I seek payments through subscriptions, memberships, donations and sales.
- I receive payments and donations from individuals, businesses, associations, etc. that I write about. In most cases, I don’t know or verify the identity or the affiliations of payers.
- I earn a commission from the Store if you use my links to buy products from Amazon.ca or Cabela’s Canada.
- Update 22 October 2018: I have a complimentary membership from a target range.
- Update 09 June 2019: I have a complimentary subscription to a newspaper.
Benefits 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 may offer the use of guns and ammo without charge or for a small fee, and may include meals.
- I don’t have any financial interest in any company, organization or topic that I cover, beyond wanting a strong and profitable firearm industry.
- I have accepted standard trade-show swag of nominal value, such as pens, pins, keychains, baseball caps, coffee mugs, coasters, a book and a paper target.
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