2021 Dues

Annual SGHA dues are due!  Dues are unchanged for the 2021 year:

Single membership: $53.
Family membership: $63 (member, spouse, and any dependents under the age of 25).
Club membership only: $23 (if already an OFAH member).

Two additional options are available for Single members (sorry, these are not available for Family memberships):

Paperless: $35.  This gives you a digital copy only of the membership card and magazine.  You must provide your email address.
Paperless Plus: $45.  This gives you a digital copy of the membership card and magazine, plus two Ontario Out of Doors issues, the Hunting Annual and the Fishing Annual. Also, a paper card can be supplied as well as digital.  Your email address is required if you want the digital magazine.

Please send your dues by cheque, payable to South Grey Hunters Association, by mail to Jackie Beacon, 263581 Southgate Road #26, RR #4, Durham, ON N0G 1R0.

No October Meeting

Just a reminder, we will not be having a meeting in October.

The Big Buck Award contest will still run.

Good luck during hunting season and if this crazy time settles down a bit maybe we will be able to meet again in Nov or Dec.

If you are submitting anything that needs measured for the Big Buck award – just drop it off at Kirk’s place.  Leave it on the deck with your name attached.

Stay safe and Happy Hunting.

– Jackie

Remington Auctioned Off

From Bloomberg News: Remington Auctioned Off to Seven Bidders in Bankruptcy Court.

The business is being carved up as follows:

  • Vista Outdoor Inc. for its Lonoke ammunitions business and certain IP assets
  • Roundhill Group LLC for its non-Marlin firearms business
  • Sierra Bullets LLC for its Barnes ammunitions business
  • Sturm, Ruger, & Co. for its Marlin firearms business
  • JJE Capital Holdings LLC for DPMS, H&R, Stormlake, AAC and Parker brands
  • Franklin Armory Holdings Inc. for Bushmaster brand and some related assets
  • Sportsman’s Warehouse Inc. for Tapco brands

Vista Outdoor is the owner of Federal Ammunition, so a logical buyer for the Lonoke, Arkansas plant.  I don’t know who Roundhill Group is, but it looks like they’ll be selling the Remington rifles and shotguns going forward.  And Sturm, Ruger will pick up the Marlin brand.

Update on firearms licensing backlog

From the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (with a tip of the hat to Glenn Meads):

In July, the OFAH wrote to Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Bill Blair (see letter below) to express concerns with the backlog of firearm licence processing and the potential for it to prevent hunters and sport shooters from using their firearms.

We received a response from the Director General of the Canadian Firearms Program (CFP), which you can find here.

The CFP also reported to us thorough e-mail correspondence that they are now currently up to date on the printing of firearm licence cards.

If you have not received your firearms licence card, and you get the message stating “Your application has been processed and your licence has been issued” when performing a licence application search though the CFP’s online Individual Web Services, the CFP suggests you contact them by calling 1-800-731-4000.

Do read the whole thing.

No September Meeting

Hi All: We will not be having a meeting in September. We will wait to see how things go and revisit it before the October meeting.

When the meetings do resume, please be prepared to bring and wear a mask in the clubhouse.

— Jackie

Firearms Courses are resuming

This news from the Firearms Safety Education Service of Ontario:

Delivery of the CFSC [Canadian Firearm Safety Course] and CRFSC [Canadian Restricted Firearm Safety Course] will resume on August 14, 2020, for areas in Stage 3 of reopening.

Courses will not resume in any area in Stage 2.

Please keep in mind that since courses have been suspended since March, many of our instructors have long waiting lists and you may experience a delay finding a course in your area.

Thank you for your co-operation as we work at getting programming back to normal levels.

Reclassification of Firearms – Update

From the CSSA we learn that the RCMP has clarified that its recent “nullification” letters are not licence revocations.  According to the RCMP website:

As a result of the May 1, 2020 Order in Council (OIC) amending the Regulations Prescribing Certain Firearms and other Weapons, Components, and Parts of Weapons, Accessories, Cartridge Magazines, Ammunition and Projectiles as Prohibited or Restricted (“Regulation”) under the Criminal Code, a letter was recently sent out to individuals/businesses to inform them that their previously registered restricted firearms are now prohibited and their registration certificates became nullified. This nullification is the result of the legislative change to the Criminal Code Regulations and not the result of any decision by the Registrar to revoke the registration certificates under the Firearms Act. Accordingly, the letter is not a Firearm Registration Certificate Revocation Notice.

The Amnesty Order protects owners who held a valid registration certificate for the newly prohibited firearms on April 30th, 2020.

(Emphasis added.)

Reclassification of Firearms

From the National Firearms Association (NFA) we learn that the RCMP is contacting owners of restricted firearms which are being reclassified as prohibited.

3. Commencing mid-July 2020, the RCMP has been sending out notifications to firearm owners, whose firearms were previously classified as restricted firearms and who are affected by the change of classification. These notices are unusual: they purport to be notifications of the change of classification and of the resulting cancellation of the registration certificate. These notices do not use the word “revocation” but rather refer to a “cancellation” or “annulment”. Further, these notices do not contain the mandatory notification to the affected party of the right to file a reference under s. 74 of the Firearms Act, to challenge the decision.

If you have received such a notification, you should read the whole NFA Media Release to find out what actions you might be able to take.  “Remember that incompetent advocacy may do more harm than good, since your case may set a precedent that will influence decisions in other cases.”

You might earlier have received a letter informing you that your non-restricted firearms may have been reclassified as prohibited.  The Canadian Shooting Sports Association advises

If you own any firearms the government reclassified from Non-Restricted to Prohibited on May 1st, you are covered by the blanket amnesty they imposed under SOR/2020-97.[iv]

Do NOT call the RCMP to ask if your guns are now Prohibited. The only way the RCMP will know you own any newly-Prohibited firearms is if you tell them.

Do NOT surrender your firearms to the RCMP or any other police force until the Liberal government passes legislation to fund their buy-back scheme.

Again, read the whole thing.  If in doubt, seek competent legal advice.