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.)