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Team CSSA E-News – December 3, 2015


Quebec had data on long-gun ownership until 2012, when Harper government abolished registry

The Quebec government could table a bill as early as today, making way for the province to create its own long-gun registry.

The move comes more than eight months after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled the federal government could destroy Quebec data in the registry.

The province was fighting to keep that data, after the long-gun registry was abolished in 2012 by the Conservative government. 

In a split 5-4 decision, the top court found the federal government’s law requiring the destruction of gun certificate information was lawful under the Constitution, and the province of Quebec had no right to the data.

At the time, the cost of compiling that data was estimated at at least $30 million.

In March 2015, then public security minister Lise Thériault said the government vowed it would have its own registry — with or without the federal government.

It is estimated that 95 per cent of guns in the province of Quebec are long guns.

Thériault said the registry was consulted in Quebec 900 times a day by police officers and officers of the court.



Do you want to tell your children and your grandchildren that you were “on the front line” protecting their rights?

Are you in the following geographic locations: BC Mainland, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Eastern Canada and Quebec?

Team CSSA is working to re-energize and re-focus our corps of volunteer regional directors. Would you like to be part of our exciting new RD Program and help represent Canada’s greatest firearm organization across the nation?

It will require some definite, but modest, time commitments. Time well spent with friendly firearm owners representing the Canadian Shooting Sports Association.

If you’re interested, please send an email to Christine Scott at



The CSSA is reactivating our letter-writing teams. This group of articulate scribes is needed to counter inaccurate or biased media with fact-based points of view. Our previous letter-writing team was very effective in helping Canadians understand the many problems with the now deceased long-gun registry. Some basic training is provided. As well, this group will also be schooled in Access to Information requests and how to properly prepare and submit them on the CSSA’s behalf.

If you are interested, please send an email to Christine Scott at


A RIGHT TO ARMS – A John Robson documentary:  Because your right to bear arms is as Canadian as maple syrup. (By John Robson & Brigitte Pellerin)

Canadians are passionately attached to their rights. Free speech, freedom of association, free and fair elections … and the right to bear arms.

Lately that last one has been portrayed as somehow un-Canadian, even sneered at as distinctly American. But actually it’s a fundamental part of our heritage.

When Canadians fought for self-government in the 1830s they were following a tradition dating back not just to Britain’s Glorious Revolution but to the Magna Carta and even the end of Roman Britain.  

The Canadians who fought for liberty in two world wars handled guns as familiar objects, tools deserving of respect but part of the natural inheritance of free-spirited, independent people.

In A Right to Arms we examine this Canadian tradition, the reasons for it, its history, contemporary challenges and arguments against gun ownership and why it is these arguments, not guns, that are un-Canadian. 

A Right to Arms tells the distinctly Canadian story of a people who have carried weapons in self-defence, including defence against tyranny, since time out of mind. It confronts the arguments against gun ownership today, on grounds of public safety or cultural inheritance, and shows that gun ownership is as Canadian as maple syrup or free speech.

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‘I don’t need the Justice Department to continue to make things up,’ Laura Doucette told court on Monday

A Halifax woman is suing the Nova Scotia government for slander for stories a government employee spread about her.

Laura Doucette was enrolled in the Correctional Worker and Policing Foundations Program at Success College when she applied for a firearms licence.

In August 2012, Doucette was contacted by David Grimes, a firearms investigator for the provincial Department of Justice. In the course of reviewing Doucette’s application, Grimes came across information that she had been working at a Tim Hortons when it was struck by two masked, armed robbers.

“I was held with a gun to my head and put on the floor,” she described in court on Monday.

Experience has been ‘just horrible’

In early September 2012, Grimes went to Success College and met with two of Doucette’s instructors. Grimes told them he was investigating Doucette’s background. He said he’d found her account of the Tim Hortons robbery suspicious and said she was probably a suspect in the crime.

Grimes also told college employees that Doucette had a poor employment record and had been fired from several previous jobs. According to Doucette’s court documents, Grimes never explained the source of his allegations.

“He’s making that up,” she told the hearing. “To say that I was an armed robber is just horrible.”

Grimes also told the Success College employees that Doucette had a criminal discharge in relation to a minor domestic dispute.

Doucette explained on the opening day of her hearing Monday that the discharge came as a result of a fight with her ex-husband and that she has no criminal record.

On Sept. 18, 2012, Grimes phoned Doucette to tell her she’d been denied her firearms application. He cited her discharge as the reason for his decision.

Grimes also contacted Doucette’s supervisors at Dalhousie University’s Security Services and shared his theory about her participating in the armed robbery. As a result, the university terminated her job placement.

‘Basically destroyed my life’

Success College also kicked Doucette out of the program as a result of Grimes’s intervention. The college reinstated Doucette after receiving a letter from her lawyer —however, her graduation was delayed for months.

“This has basically destroyed my life,” Doucette told the court.

For now, Doucette has given up on her dream of working in the policing field and is a personal health care worker. She said she is afraid to have any dealings with the justice system.

“I don’t need the Justice Department to continue to make things up,” she said.

This case has dragged on for more than two years. Just last month, the province filed an amended defence in this case.

“This party admits liability for the torts of defamation and breach of privacy, which are torts upon which the statement of claim is based,” the new defence statement reads.

Given that admission, the week-long hearing is focussed on the damages Doucette is entitled to.

While she says she has never received an explanation from Grimes for the stories he told, Doucette will get to hear him testify later this week.

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The Crown has abandoned its trial against a former log-home builder alleged to have operated a “chop shop” for firearms after a B.C. Supreme Court justice ruled RCMP made too many errors in its investigation.

Justice Hope Hyslop ruled yesterday that RCMP breaches of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms during the investigation were too numerous and serious to allow evidence against Charles Patrick — including guns and ammunition seized after a raid — to be admitted.

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HOW DANGEROUS ARE GUN OWNERS? (By Dr. Gary A. Mauser | Team CSSA Special Report | December 2, 2015)

Are you a threat to public safety? The police think you are.

Every night, the police check all licensed firearms owners. As if that was not enough, the RCMP encourages officers to check before attending a call to see if anyone has a firearms licence at their destination. Licence information is made readily available on the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) virtually without restriction through the portal to the Canadian Firearms Registry Online (CFRO). Typically, police are required to apply to court for a warrant to access important personal information on law-abiding Canadians. But not for firearms owners. The RCMP justifies routine access to information about firearms licences by arguing that merely owning a gun poses a threat to public safety. The police say they need to know who has guns. To make this claim, the RCMP must ignore strong evidence that this policy is wrong headed.

By making firearms licenses habitually available on CPIC, the RCMP encourages police officers to treat law-abiding citizens the same way they would treat dangerous criminals. Doing so violates basic principles of policing as well as good sense. This practice grew out of the gratuitous attack on the firearms community by the Liberal government in Bill C-68 in the 1990s. Not only does allowing access to firearms licences on CPIC systematically subject respectable citizens to police heavy-handedness (thereby jeopardizing public cooperation, or worse), it misleads police officers by confusing upstanding citizens with dangerous offenders. Even worse: encouraging police officers to consult CFRO before attending a call endangers them by falsely implying that virtually all firearms, including those held by violent criminals, are listed in CFRO. This is downright dangerous.

Ordinary law-abiding gun owners are solid middle-class Canadians who make an important contribution to their communities. (See my recent Mackenzie Institute paper). My analysis of Statistics Canada data shows that law-abiding gun owners are far less prone to violence than other Canadians. As I reported to Parliament, Canadians who have a firearms licence are less than one-third as likely to commit murder as other Canadians (Mauser 2012).

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In this week’s episode, Kevin Beasley is taking out Dream Hunt winner Barry Gale to Algoma Country in Northern Ontario where they are treated to first-class accommodations, meals and black bears at Red Pine Lodge. On this hunt, Kevin has a great encounter with a noisy three-pawed black bear.

See the teaser:

Canada in the Rough can be found on OLN, WILD TV, and CHEX. For a full schedule, visit:



According to FBI background check data.

Some people head out on Black Friday to buy a big-screen TV, or a new coffee machine.

But tens of thousands of Americans this year sought a very different kind of item on what is expected to be the biggest shopping weekend of 2015: guns.

Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman Stephen Fischer confirmed to Fortune that there were 185,345 background checks on November 27, easily beating the previous all time high of 177,170 on December 21, 2012, which was shortly after the Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut.

The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) data are widely considered to be the best proxy for gun sales.

With last week’s big jump, four out of the 11 biggest days ever for background checks were on a Black Friday. On the same day last year, the FBI conducted 175,754 checks.

Big retailers such as Cabela’s and Sportsman’s Warehouse were advertising deals for guns heading into Black Friday.

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LOS ANGELES BANS HIGHCAP MAGS – 60 DAYS & NOT 1 TURNED IN – FU LA (By John Farnam | | November 23, 2015)

Ft Collins, CO – City of Los Angeles Council Members recently passed an ordinance banning magazines that hold more than ten rounds.

Of course, that number will soon be reduced to six!

City residents were granted a “grace period” of sixty days within which to “turn them in,” or otherwise get rid of them. That period just expired.

During the sixty-day period, not a single one has been turned in!

Now obviously back-peddling, an apologetic LAPD Police Commander, sounding like a spider talking to a fly, said Angelenos can still surrender now-illegal magazines at any police station without fear of arrest.

Few apparently believe him!

Of course, the ban has been challenged in court, particularly since double-faced council members who voted for it have specifically exempted themselves!

So, what happens now?

Nothing! It’s an election year.

With world events, along with violent domestic crime, spinning out of control, all under liberal “leadership,” Americans, even Angelenos, are in no mood to be told by liberal politicians that they are too stupid to own guns with the “normal-capacity” magazines for which they were designed.

As witnessed in CT, then NY, and now CA, Americans are becoming defiant, actively resisting leftist tyranny,

Imagine that!

About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc.

As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit:

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THIS IS HOW TERRORISTS GET GUNS IN EUROPE (By Hanna Kozlowska | Quartz | December 1, 2015)

Authorities haven’t yet determined where the terrorists who killed 130 people in Paris in November got their weapons–a relatively easy purchase in Europe, where gun laws are fragmented and trafficking widespread. But one potential source is the same gun shop in Slovakia that supplied the guns used in attacks in Paris in January, and in a thwarted attempt on a French train in August.

The shop, owned by AFG Security Corp, sells replica Nazi uniforms and decommissioned guns, The Wall Street Journal reports. Intermediaries buy the guns in Slovakia, where until recently the only requirement to get one was to be older than 18, and sell them on to buyers elsewhere. In Brussels, you can buy a military-grade weapon for 500 to 1000 euros ($530 to $1060) within 30 minutes, Bilal Benyaich, expert on Islamist radicalism at the Itinera Institute told Reuters.

Getting a technically unusable gun and reactivating it is just one way terrorists can get their hands on firearms in Europe. Left over from the Balkan wars, as many as six million guns are already on the continent, according to European security officials interviewed by the Wall Street Journal. International crime organizations also smuggle in arms from the Middle East and Africa on shipping containers, with new routes opening up due to turmoil in Libya and eastern Ukraine.

Experts call arms trafficking in Europe the “Ant Trade,” as it is often individuals carrying one piece at a time instead of large truck transports.

France has strict gun laws, but many weapons fall through the cracks due to a lack of coordination with other EU states and no enforcement agency. “We need a European ATF,” Jean-Charles Antoine, firearms trafficking expert and researcher at the French Institute of Geopolitics told Reuters, referring to the US federal agency Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

After the most recent Paris attacks, the EU has declared it would step up its efforts in gun control. A new package of measures put forth on Nov. 18 by the European Commission includes stricter bans on semi-automatic weapons (automatic weapons are banned for civilians), stricter rules on buying firearms online, and more rigid conditions for the sales of deactivated guns. The package, which will now go to the European Parliament and Council for adoption, also calls for imposing unified standards across the EU and improving information exchange.

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