CANADIAN FIREARMS LEGISLATION PAGES
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Firearms Act And
To actually read the
Firearms Act and Regulations, go here.
James Buck Court
To read about how the
Firearms Act and that which it creates has already resulted in abuse of
other firearms owners in my area, I have provided a copy of the Buck
decision. James Buck was a fellow I.W.A. Local 1-405 member. The Area
Firearms Officer was local RCMP Cst. Dennis Johnson, seconded to BC's
CFO. Cst. Johnson felt he was more intelligent and more suited to
determine how Mr. Buck should have been dealt with than the
judge, Crown Counsel, and police who dealt with Mr. Buck several years
later. The events, search, trial, and legal costs that resulted
were a result of Cst. Johnson's inappropriate and unethical efforts to deprive Mr. Buck of both his
firearms license and his firearms. After you read Judge Carlgren's
opinion in his verdict, feel free to ask yourself why Dennis Johnson was
not only not disciplined, but is STILL the area firearms officer local
hunters and firearms owners suffer under. You can read the Buck
What if You
Complain To Police And The Media About This Kind Of Abuse?
First of all, you can expect Firearms Officers to start behaving
like Soviet Union state security agents - they will keep secret files on
you that even include keeping track of what members of your family write
in letters to the local newspaper. Sounds too hard to
believe? Well check out Dennis Johnson's efforts (yes, the same
guy that the Judge criticized in the Buck court decision) here.
Dennis Johnson was never disciplined for either his behavior in the
James Buck incident, or for the guilt-by-association files he was
keeping on individuals who criticized his conduct. And after
that... well, read about it here.
Canadian Labour Congress
Support For Firearms Act
Approximately 30% of
Canadian workers are unionized. Accordingly, somewhere in the
neighborhood of 30% of Canadian firearms owners are also members of a
trade union. At this time (March 2003) it is more evident than
ever before that Canadian firearms owners are opposed to measures within
the Firearms Act such as universal registration and the home
"inspection" legislation. Despite this, the Canadian
Labour Congress - of which practically all Canadian unions are members -
has been and continues to be a strong supporter of both the Coalition
For Gun Control and the Firearms Act. This should be a grave
concern for all unionized firearms owners.
To read the CLC's presentation to Parliament
advocating the Firearms Act, click here.
To read the CLC's appearance before Parliament
to defend their position, click here.
Canadian Firearms Owners Actually Have Civil Rights And Freedoms?
Apparently not... read on:
legal history of Canadian rights does not start with the Constitution
Act which was passed in 1982. As our Charter of Rights and
Freedoms clearly says, it includes our historical and pre-existing
rights, going back to at least the English Bill of Rights, articulated
by the writings of constitutional scholars like Locke and Blackstone,
and the inclusion of the principles they identified in the BNA Act, the
Canadian Bill of Rights, and of course now the Charter. Those
rights have been recognized and expanded upon by the Supreme Court of
the Firearms Act clearly exhibits a belief that Canadians lose many of
their civil rights and freedoms the instant they become the owner of a
firearm. Professor Ted Morton has written an excellent paper
outlining some of the ways in which the Firearms Act deprives Canadians
of their most basic civil rights and freedoms. You can read the
Firearms Legislation; The Slippery Slope For Civil Rights
The Firearms Act goes far beyond the issue of firearms. It
goes to the heart of how insecure ALL our civil rights are, and where
the slippery slope of "reasonableness" can lead us to.
The abuse and elimination of civil rights is not limited to firearms
issues, and in the name of "security" many civil rights and
freedoms are being infringed upon or outright disappearing. The
past history of how this is happening in Britain - a country we share a
common civil rights and legal heritage with - should be a wakeup call to
those who believe the Firearms Act infringements are reasonable.
Or that it will not extend beyond the subject of firearms... The
legal paper on the page this links to was prepared for the Hamlin Law
Review; it discusses the slippery slope that leads to bureaucratic abuse
and the outright loss of civil rights. Read it here.
Attitudes Towards Firearms Owners
The attitude that political elitists have towards firearms owners -
and their willingness to violate firearms owners' rights with Draconian
firearms legislation in support of their prejudices - is becoming a
global issue. Why is it that politicians are so prepared to abuse
the rights and freedoms of law-abiding firearms owners because they
MIGHT do something while at the same time they do everything they can to
ensure they don't violate the rights of convicted violent
criminals? Dr. Lech Beltowski has written an excellent commentary
of this issue in New Zealand, but it applies equally well in Canada and
you can read it here.
Has Canada Spent Over A Billion Dollars To Register Firearms?
Think you know the answer?
Public safety? Deter crime? Prevent suicide? Aid police investigations?
None of the above; a government insider tells why the Chretien
government brought in our billion dollar registry here!
Its Cost Two Billion Dollars? But Allan Rock & The Liberals Said It Would Only Cost Two Million!
The Auditor General found that we have already spent over a billion
dollars - and that was just the expenditures she could track down.
She gave up on a complete audit after finding out she was not being
provided with all the cost information to enable a complete audit.
But, you can read her 2002 report to Parliament about the wasted billion
dollars she WAS able to track down here.
For Columbine: Fact Or Lucrative Myth Created By Michael Moore?
I am constantly amazed at the number of coworkers and other
Canadians who have seen this movie and think it is a factual documentary
of the events and circumstances relating to the criminal acts at
Columbine. If nothing else, I suppose that is a testament to the
power of the media. There is an excellent article that was sent to
me that dispels any illusion of Moore's film being a documentary, and
you can read it here.
Canadian Pediatricians Are Telling You You Shouldn't Have Guns And
Canadian Paediatric Society
released a "study", Youth And Firearms In Canada. On the one
hand, it is disturbing as it depends from beginning to end on references
to fraudulent research which has not only failed peer review, but the
author has since admitted it was deliberately biased. A parent
that would hope their pediatrician understands scientific methodology
and the importance of peer review when evaluating research in deciding
how to treat a child. Apparently, these doctors missed that part
of medical school. With that aside, however, it is curious that
the good doctors focus on the handful of deaths of children every year
in this country that are caused by firearms - but seem determined to
turn a blind eye to the number of children wrongfully killed every year
by their own doctor. The wrongful deaths of children by firearms
should never be ignored. But for the Canadian Paediatric Society
to focus on this small number of deaths and firearms owned by parents
instead of the far greater numbers of children who die at the hands of
their own members is simply shameful and an indictment of the ethics
of this Society.
The Canadian Medical Association
has recently published a study in their own journal that indicates the
magnitude of the number of wrongful deaths each year in Canada, where
errors and negligence by doctors leads to disability or death. To
quote from their study:
Our study showed that an estimated 7.5% of patients
admitted to acute care hospitals in Canada in the fiscal
year 2000 experienced 1 or more AEs. We found that 36.9% of
these patients were judged to have highly preventable AEs.
Most of the patients who experienced an AE recovered
without permanent disability; their AEs contributed to
longer stays in hospital or temporary disability. However,
a small but significant proportion of patients died or experienced
a permanent disability as a result of their AEs. By
extrapolation, our results suggest that, in 2000, between
141,250 and 232,250 of 2.5 million similar admissions to
acute care hospitals in Canada were associated with an AE
and that 9,250 to 23,750 deaths from AEs could have been
Think of that for a moment. As many
as 23,750 Canadians each year are killed by their doctor - if only 10%
of those who die are children, doctors kill 2,375 Canadian children each
year. That number totally eclipses the number of children killed
each year as a result of firearms in the home - but the Canadian
Paediatric Society wants its' members to go after parents who have
firearms, rather than concerning themselves with the deaths that they
themselves are a cause of. Think of that - having a doctor is more
dangerous to your health than owning a firearm. Just something to
think about the next time you hear some politically correct doctor
parroting how dangerous it is to have firearms in the home.
The CBC coverage of the CMA study can be found
here, and the actual study itself can be found
If you want to actually read the Canadian Paediatric Society's drivel...
well, it can be found