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.

Another Firearms Petition

Petition e-2574 is now open for signatures:

…We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Prime Minister to immediately scrap his government’s May 1, 2020, Order in Council decision related to confiscating legally owned firearms and instead pass legislation that will target criminals, stop the smuggling of firearms into Canada, go after those who illegally acquire firearms, and apologize to legal firearms owners in Canada.

You can read the full petition here.

2020 Spring OFAH Zone Meetings Update

This just in from the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters:

NOTICE — With the health and safety of our members and volunteers in mind, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all previously scheduled 2020 spring OFAH Zone meetings have been cancelled until further notice.

Any updates on the change of status for those meetings will be posted to www.ofah.org/zones and shared through OFAH social media.

Thank you and stay safe.

New Rifle Prohibitions

The Trudeau government, through an Order in Council, has just banned several kinds of semi-automatic rifles.  According to The Gun Blog this includes the following firearms and related models:

  • AR-10
  • AR-15, M4, M16
  • Beretta Cx4 Storm
  • CSA Vz. 58
  • CZ Scorpion EVO 3
  • CZ 858
  • Robinson Armament XCR
  • Ruger Mini-14
  • SIG Sauer MCX
  • SIG Sauer MPX
  • Swiss Arms Classic Green and Four Seasons
  • U.S. Rifle M14
  • .50 BMG

For the full list of some 1,500 banned models, see here.

Right now it appears you will be able to sell the newly-prohibited rifles to the government, or keep them (as “prohibs”) but never use or sell them.  Details of this are awaiting legislation.  Stay tuned for news.

Carleton U. Firearms Survey

For those who might be interested, a researcher at Carleton University is conducting a survey of Canadian firearms owners and enthusiasts:

The survey is being conducted by Noah Schwartz, a graduate student at Carleton University. The purpose of the study is to better understand the social meanings and personal value that gun owners attach to firearms. Most research done on gun ownership comes from the United States. Little is known about Canada’s over two million licensed gun owners, creating a blind spot for researchers and leading to a misinformed public debate. Your responses will be used in published research.

We request that you respond to the survey by June 27, 2020.

You must be over 18 years of age to complete this survey.

This survey should take about 12-15 minutes to complete.

Please feel free to answer as many or as little of the questions as you would like. If you do not feel like answering a question, you can skip it. You are also free to withdraw from the survey at any time while completing the survey.   

You can learn more about the researcher, Noah Schwartz, at his website.  I also found this article that profiles him and describes some of his previous research.  The survey is here.