“Safety, discipline, and trust”

With our Youth Shoot about a month away, I thought this article from the New Yorker magazine, about teens in the U.S. becoming shooting enthusiasts, was relevant and respectful. (Notice the kids’ trigger discipline, too. They had good teachers.) — Brad

All but one were born in the decade after Columbine; like the student gun-control advocates activated by the recent massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, most are in their teens. But the children depicted here — hunters, target shooters, competitors in trap and skeet — occupy a parallel realm, where guns signify not danger, alienation, and the threat of death but safety, discipline, and trust.


Grey Highlands Firearms Meeting Postponed


GREY HIGHLANDS – The Municipality of Grey Highlands has postponed the public meeting scheduled for April 4th regarding the Draft Firearms Discharge By-law.

Mayor McQueen stated “We have received significant feedback and some terrific suggestions on how we might revise the draft by-law. We want to make sure that the by-law fits the needs of the community when we take it to the public as this will affect all our residents.

There was no venue available to accommodate the numbers expected at the meeting. Further review of the information received from various agencies and the public will be forwarded to Council for direction and next steps.

Information regarding the next steps in the process will be communicated.

Additional information may be available at the Grey Highlands web site.

Firearms Bill C-71 Introduced

I received this information from the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA).

Bill C-71 has been introduced and the CSSA was there. Here is a quick run down of the provisions of this bill.

1. Background checks for criminal violence and any mental illness will be conducted over the life of the individual, not the previous five year period.

2. Both business and private sales of all firearms are subject to computerized license verification. Non-Restricted firearms transfers will not have the information regarding the firearm recorded.

3. Business are required to keep records which will include the individual’s information and all information regarding the firearm(s) transferred. The business must keep the records for 20 years unless the business ceases to be a business. In that case all records must be surrendered to the authorities.

4. Authorizations to Transport have been gutted. The only permitted uses are to shooting ranges and Purchase-to-Home, but will still include “all ranges in province”. All currently held ATTs will be revoked upon passage of Bill 71.  [Brad note: this applies to restricted firearms, not to non-restricted rifles and shotguns.]

5. All of the Swiss Arms Classic series and all CZ-858s will be made 12(9) Prohibited. The owners of these rifles will be Grandfathered. Grandfathered individuals will be able to acquire other 12(9) firearms. Grandfathered owners will be permitted to transport these firearms to a range for the purposes of target shooting.

6. The powers of the Governing Council to declare any firearm to be Non-Restricted has been revoked. The Governing Council may still be used to declare any firearms to be restricted or prohibited.

7. UN Firearms Marking will be issued in a Technical amendment.

More to come – Stay tuned.

Spring Turkey Contest

Turkey Contest — You must register with Glenn Meads before April 25th and pay the $5.00 entry fee. Take your turkeys to Eckhardt’s Shell Station to be weighed and have the spurs / beard measured. Prize will be 50% of the total entry fees, a trophy and bragging rights

March 2018 Bulletin

Upcoming EventsClub ExecutiveClub DuesClub Meetings

If you can help kids build bluebird boxes at MapleFest on April 14, please give Wolf a call 519-369-6727.

Meeting Highlights: Contest Awards Winners
Biggest Deer — Rifle — Jackie Beacon
Biggest Deer — Black Powder — Dan Elchuk
Biggest Moose — no entries
Spring Turkey Shoot — Wayne Cargoe

When you receive your OFAH membership card — please note the discount sticker on the back of the card. It is a barcode and can be used for discounts on certain items at Marks, and TSC.  Please ensure that you read and sign your membership card in order that it be valid!

A reminder: effective January 1, 2016 all OFAH individual and club insurance coverage has been increased from $3 million to $5 million.

The club is selling OFAH tickets — if you would like a book to sell or want to buy some tickets contact Tori Runyon — 519-379-1082.

The OFAH runs some great camps for kids — check out their website for details!!

Send Jackie your email address & receive the newsletter online — jbeacon (at) sympatico (dot) ca