TheGunBlog.ca Is

  • My personal project, a blend of hobby, passion and mission.
  • Independent. (See disclosures below.)
  • Canada’s leading source of information and commentary on firearm politics, policy and industry. (Occasional product scoops like this one, but no product reviews.)
  • Canada’s largest community of shooters on Twitter via @TheGunBlog.

TheGunBlog.ca inspires, informs and makes change happen.

TheGunBlog.ca Is Trusted and Quoted.

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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 CCFR, CSSA, NFA, ORA in Canada, and NRA in U.S. (See below.)
  • Certified range-safety officer
  • NRA certified instructor
  • Previous career: Senior editor for a major global provider of real-time news on finance, investing and business. Once ran as a political candidate.

Important Disclosures

This Update: 27 July 2018

Alignment of Interests, Independence, Standards

  • My goal is to advance the interests of the shooting community with good information and data. That includes individuals, businesses, associations, clubs, ranges, trainers, instructors, etc. The way I see it, we all rise together or we all sink together. I want us to rise.
  • 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, Conservative Party of Canada, Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, …
  • I decide what gets published, nobody else. I have preferred products, but I don’t run paid ads or marketing materials disguised as regular articles.
  • I am committed to independence, accuracy, credibility, fairness, transparency, accountability, and other values of journalism ethics.

Payments and Donations

  • I solicit donations.
  • 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 of donors.
  • I earn a commission from the Store.
  • I get paid as an independent consultant, contractor and freelancer. My clients range from education to marketing to financial services and technology. Please contact me here.

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.
  • I have accepted standard trade-show swag, such as pens, keychains, coffee mugs, a book and a paper target.

Privacy & Security

  • I value personal privacy and information security. (In general, and especially considering what we’re dealing with here.)
  • If you e-mail me, I won’t share your identity without your permission. (See below for Reader Testimonials with first name only, unless it was public.)
  • I will never share subscriber information with a third party, will never sell or abuse your information. In most cases, I will never ask for your information.
  • I use subscriber information to share content relevant and related to TheGunBlog.ca, such as e-mail alerts about new posts or campaigns.
  • 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 publish.

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By hunters, farmers, collectors, recreational shooters, competitors, industry executives, government employees, and others:

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“Thank you Nicolas for the support and promotion of our sport! … The work you’re doing is more important now than ever.” — Allan

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“Thank you for all the hard work you do, I live in Halifax and own several handguns and an SKS and I am worried they are going to try and confiscate guns here too.” — Steve

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“You are doing stellar work getting the word out, I thank you, sir.” — Gerry, British Columbia