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Team CSSA E-News – January 6, 2016


The New Year is upon us and with it comes a whole host of challenges for Canadian gun owners. The recent federal election will likely mean nothing good for us or perhaps for Canadians as a whole.

Aside from acknowledging (in writing) the expiry of all members of the Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee, little has been publicly done on the “gun issue.” However, it seems reasonable to believe that Prime Minister Trudeau’s promise to attack law-abiding Canadians and rescind the improvements made under Bill C-42 are near the forefront of his agenda.

Trudeau and the Liberals promise to, among other things: 

  • repeal changes made by Bill C-42 that allow restricted and prohibited weapons to be freely transported without a permit” even though C-42 does no such thing. 
  • modify the membership of the Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee” to permit the inclusion of people who are simply gun control advocates and know little regarding the real use of firearms by licensed and law-abiding people.
  • require enhanced background checks for anyone seeking to purchase a handgun or other restricted  firearm” even though this is already done with every restricted firearm purchase.

Trudeau promises to do things that are already done under existing law and amplify a costly and bloated bureaucracy that does little to enhance public safety. Government loves government, and nothing pleases them more than creating more government.

With these thoughts in mind, there are some very important steps that we Canadian gun owners can take to help ourselves in 2016.

  1. Join and support the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA). The CSSA’s Board of Directors are arguably the most knowledgeable and diligent in the nation when it comes to defending the rights of Canadian gun owners. To join, go to
  1. Join a political party. For a tiny pittance per year this is a no-brainer. For example, by joining the CPC today, you have a vote in who becomes the next leader of the party and perhaps the next Prime Minister of Canada.
  1. Get involved in your local Electoral District Association (EDA.) This is where much of the politics in Canada really takes place – not at the ballot box as so many mistakenly assume. It is the local EDA who decides who is on the ballot come voting time. If you want a pro-firearm person on that ballot, this is where you ensure that happens.
  1. Educate your friends about the politics of gun ownership in Canada in 2016. Be kind yet firm, knowledgeable – but not browbeating. Nobody wants your opinion rammed down his or her throat. Learn what Bill C-42 ACTUALLY means to public safety and contrast it with what the new government’s sound bites claim. Those assertions are a far cry from reality and the more Canadians we educate about these facts, the better off we firearm owners will be.
  1. Communicate your thoughts clearly and politely to our new government. As when communicating with your friends and acquaintances about this issue, be polite and knowledgeable. If feasible geographically, ask for a meeting with the Cabinet ministers listed below.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

Fax: 613-941-6900

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale

Minister of Public Safety
House of Commons
Ottawa, Canada K1A 0A6

Minister of Justice and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
284 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H8


Write your Member of Parliament and request a meeting with him or her. The more personal contact your local M.P. has with you and other gun owners, the better. But always – always – be polite and courteous, even if your meeting does not go the way you would like. Never allow yourself to be written off as some crazy ‘gun nut’.

Find your local Member of Parliament here: or

Take these six New Year’s resolutions and make them your own. Help us bring common sense to the firearms’ issue – yes, even under a hostile majority government.

Activist and CSSA board member, John Holdstock, said the following every day before his tragic passing: “The world is run by those who show up.”

With our current political situation, putting those nine words into action has never been more important.

Join the CSSA today at and work with a great group of gun owners who show up each and every day to defend our rights and freedoms.



With the arrival of the New Year, many members of the Canadian firearms industry will be heading to Las Vegas, Nevada, to attend the 2016 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show. The SHOT Show is the largest trade show of its kind in the world and features more than 1,600 exhibitors filling booth space covering 630,000 net square feet. This trade show attracts more than 62,000 industry professionals from all 50 states and over 100 countries.

The Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) and the Canadian Small Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA) are holding the Third Annual SHOT Show reception on the evening of January 20th. The event showcases the Canadian industry and provides a social networking opportunity to our industry members. This event is possible through the sponsorship of the following companies:

Canadian Shooting Sports Association, Canadian Small Arms and Ammunition Association, 5.11 Tactical, Air Gun Source, Big Rock Sports, Browning Canada, Calgary Shooting Centre, Calibre Magazine, Canada Ammo, Genesis Enterprises, Grand Power, Holosun, O’Dell Engineering, PGW Defence Technologies, Select Shooting Supplies, Shooter’s Choice, Stoeger Canada, The Right Edition, Think Insure, Thundershot, T.E.C. Trade Ex Canada, and Wolverine Supplies.

The CSSA and CSAAA wish to thank each of these companies for their support of our third annual event that encourages the Canadian firearms community to take a look at these businesses and explore what they have to offer!

For those who are interested in attending but have not yet registered, please email Mike Duynhoven at and include your company name and names of attendees.





President Obama on Tuesday will formally announce plans to expand background checks and make other changes to America’s gun rules via executive action‎, going around Congress and fueling allegations of executive overreach.

At the centerpiece of Obama’s plan is a more sweeping definition of gun dealers that the administration hopes will expand the number of gun sales subject to background checks. At gun shows, websites and flea markets, sellers often skirt that requirement by declining to register as licensed dealers, but officials said new federal guidance would clarify that it applies to anyone “in the business” of selling firearms.

Obama’s actions, detailed by the White House Monday, mark a renewed bid by the president to enact gun control measures with or without Congress.

Republicans accused the president of going too far, and already have threatened to fight the new measures by withholding DOJ funding. The guidance, though, aims to achieve a long-time administration goal of at least narrowing the so-called gun show loophole.

Under current law, only federally licensed gun dealers must conduct background checks on buyers, but many who sell guns at flea markets, on websites or in other informal settings don’t register as dealers. The ATF has issued updated guidance that says the government can consider someone a gun dealer regardless of where the guns are sold.

In an attempt to prevent gun purchases from falling through the cracks, the FBI will hire 230 more examiners to process background checks, the White House said.

The FBI has a computerized system that can process background checks for many in seconds, but in instances where the FBI needs more time, the government only has three days before prospective buyers can return and buy the gun without being cleared.

Earlier Monday, Obama vowed to press ahead with new executive actions on gun control after meeting with top law enforcement officials, claiming he has the “legal authority” to act – and defying congressional critics who say he’s pursuing a “dangerous” overreach.

The president spoke after meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey and other top officials to review their proposals and finalize his plans.

Obama said their recommendations are “well within my legal authority” and would be supported by “the overwhelming majority of the American people, including gun owners.” 

“The recommendations that are being made by my team here are ones that are entirely consistent with the Second Amendment,” Obama said, claiming they could “potentially save lives.”

The revived push to tighten America’s gun laws via executive action, however, has resulted in a backlash on Capitol Hill and the campaign trail.

Republicans made clear they would fight the administration and accused the president of overstepping.

“While we don’t yet know the details of the plan, the president is at minimum subverting the legislative branch, and potentially overturning its will,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said in a statement. “This is a dangerous level of executive overreach, and the country will not stand for it.”

Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, who chairs a key appropriations panel, warned Lynch on Monday that he would “use every tool at my disposal to immediately restrict” DOJ funding if the department proceeds with “new restrictions on our Constitutional rights.”

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump vowed to reverse any such actions if he’s elected.

“We’re not changing the Second Amendment,” Trump said Saturday at a campaign rally in Biloxi, Miss. “I will veto that. I will un-sign that so fast.”

While Obama took heat from Republicans, supporters of stronger action on gun control applauded the president’s new push.

“We definitely think there are things he can do,” said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which advocates for expanding background checks. Gross says his recent conversations with White House aides have left him hopeful.

“It’s very clear that the White House is feeling emboldened,” he said.

Obama announced the meeting with Lynch in his weekly address from his Hawaii holiday vacation. On Thursday, he’ll take his argument to prime time, participating in a town hall discussion of gun violence on CNN. He’s slated to make his case for changes in his State of the Union address on Jan. 12.

The high-profile rollout reflects a White House continuing to look for ways to wrap up unfinished business despite an uncooperative Congress.

After all but ignoring the issue in his first term, Obama changed course after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012. Nevertheless, the president failed to push a package of gun measures through Congress, including one expanding background checks.

At the same time, Obama took nearly two dozen executive actions to tighten gun laws, but left a major expansion of background checks out of the mix.

But after the shooting at a community college in Roseburg, Ore. in October, Obama ordered his staff to redouble the effort to look for ways to work around Congress.

Under current law, federally licensed firearms dealers are required to seek background checks on potential firearm purchasers. But advocacy groups say many sellers are currently exempt from having to register, increasing the chance of sales to customers prohibited by law from purchasing a gun.

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DO BACKGROUND CHECKS ON PRIVATE GUN TRANSFERS HELP STOP MASS PUBLIC SHOOTINGS? (By John R. Lott Jr. | Crime Prevention Research Center | January 2, 2016)

 Persistent claims have been made that expanding background checks to include any private transfers of guns would reduce mass public shootings. Yet, this is the first study to systematically look to see if that is true. In fact there is no evidence that these laws reduce the risk of these attacks. Examining all the mass public shootings in the US from 2000 through 2015, we find that states adopting additional background checks on private transfers they see a statistically significant increase in rates of killings (80% higher) and injuries (101%) from mass public shootings. There is not one mass public shooting that occurred over that period where these checks would have prevented it from occurring.

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OTTAWA – A retroactive Conservative law buried in last spring’s omnibus budget bill fundamentally undermines the rule of law and government access-to-information systems across Canada, according to court submissions in a paused constitutional challenge.

Twelve of Canada’s 13 provincial and territorial information commissioners, as well as the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, are seeking intervener status in the case, which challenges the former government’s unprecedented rewrite of an old law to get the RCMP and any other government official off the hook for illegally destroying long gun registry records.

The case, brought by federal information commissioner Suzanne Legault on behalf of individual Bill Clennett, is one of the messier legal challenges the new Liberal government will have to mop up in 2016.

The retrospective Conservative changes, backdated all the way to October 2011, served to short-circuit an active investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police into the government-backed actions of the RCMP. Repealing the changes, which became law last June, would presumably put the Mounties back under investigation.

“Should this legislation withstand this challenge, it would have far-reaching implications for criminal law principles,” the Criminal Lawyers’ Association says in its submission to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, calling the retroactive legal rewrite ground-breaking.

“State actors obtained the benefit of a retrospective immunization that ordinary citizens have never obtained.”

The new Liberal government asked for, and received, a three-month delay in the start of the trial last month as it mulls over its options.

It’s been a long legal road.

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THE NEW BACKDOOR LONG-GUN REGISTRY (By Lorne Gunter | Postmedia Network | December 29, 2015)

One of the federal Liberals’ campaign promises in the recent election was to reintroduce a long-gun registry.

Of course they didn’t call it a registry. Rather, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proposed making gun sellers file records of every sale – purchaser’s name and personal information, model of gun, serial number and so on.

That’s a registry by another name, a registry via the backdoor. But it’s still a registry.

There’s nothing more persistent than a “progressive” with a bad idea. And trying to reduce crime by controlling the guns of law-abiding citizens is a bad idea that “progressives” have believed in for decades.

A registry is a bad idea not because it encroaches on an ancient right (which it does) or because it says symbolically that government, not the people, is the boss in our democracy (although it does that too).

It’s a bad idea because it doesn’t work.

And before governments tell free citizens what to do on any issue (not just guns), they had better be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the restriction they want on freedoms will really, truly improve the situation.

But the reason progressives (liberals) cling to bad ideas so long is that they don’t believe in independent proof. Their confidence in their own brilliance is so complete the very fact they believe in an idea is proof enough to them that it must be good. Don’t waste their time with facts!

If criminals got report cards, one of the comments might be something like “Has trouble obeying rules and instructions.”

It’s the very nature of criminals to disobey laws. Indeed, it’s impossible to become a criminal without breaking the law.

So it has always been laughable that progressives imagine criminals who are prepared to break much more serious laws against robbery, assault, drug trafficking and even murder could be persuaded by the passing of a bill to tell Ottawa and the police how many guns they have and where.

But in light of the recent horrific murders of two overnight convenience-store clerks in Edmonton there have been calls, especially online, for tougher gun laws. And, of course, the Progressive-in-Chief, Barack Obama, has called for stricter gun control in the States in the aftermath of the San Bernardino terrorist attack that killed 14 earlier this month.

Since Obama is a hero to Canada’s new Liberal government, it likely won’t be long before Trudeau et al begin suggesting anti-gun laws are a good way to confront the threat of terror here, too.

Consider what a futile exercise gun control would be, though, either in making all-night clerks safer or reducing the threat of terrorism here in Canada. The two suspects in Edmonton’s ghastly, execution-style clerk killings late last week both had court orders against them prohibiting their possession of firearms.

A court order is a stronger former of gun control than a registry, in part because it is a total ban and in part because it is directed at a specific individual. Yet despite that, both of the adult suspects – Colton Steinhauer and Laylin Delorme – used restricted weapons in the alleged killing spree.

More than that, both men posted pictures of themselves on social media sites playing with machine guns. And machine guns aren’t just restricted, they are outright prohibited. Still, both career criminals managed to get a hold of machine guns despite laws and court orders.

Former Ontario Premier Mike Harris used to have a great line in his stump speech: “How come every time a criminal commits a murder in downtown Toronto, Ottawa’s first reaction is to restrict the guns of duck hunters?”

That’s as true as it ever was.

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Available in French only – Please consider signing the petition in opposition to Quebec’s Bill 64, An Act respecting the registration of Firearms


Pour signer cette pétition, vous devez compléter 3 étapes :

Étape 1 : remplissez le formulaire sous le texte de la pétition et envoyez-le (vous devez accepter les conditions à respecter pour pouvoir signer la pétition avant d’envoyer le formulaire).

Étape 2 : consultez votre boîte de courriels et ouvrez le message envoyé par l’Assemblée.

Étape 3 : dans ce message, cliquez sur le lien vous permettant d’enregistrer votre signature.

Vous ne pouvez signer la même pétition qu’une seule fois.

Texte de la petition

CONSIDÉRANT QUE les armes à utilisation restreinte et les armes prohibées continuent d’être enregistrées;

CONSIDÉRANT QUE plusieurs Québécois, propriétaires ou non d’armes à feu, sont défavorables à l’implantation d’un registre québécois des armes d’épaule;

CONSIDÉRANT QUE la liste des personnes en droit de posséder des armes est accessible aux policiers;

CONSIDÉRANT QUE l’examen des données sur les homicides disponibles sur statistiques Canada n’a réussi à démontrer aucun bénéfice relié à une des lois canadiennes sur les armes à feu adoptées entre 1974 et 2008, incluant le défunt registre fédéral des armes d’épaule;

CONSIDÉRANT QUE le jugement Dalphond reconnaît que « Les forces policières ailleurs au pays fonctionnent sans un registre des armes de chasse depuis octobre 2012 et que rien ne m’indique qu’il en a résulté un préjudice irréparable ou même sérieux. »;

CONSIDÉRANT le désastre financier du défunt registre canadien des armes d’épaule;

CONSIDÉRANT les soupçons de collusion dans les contrats informatiques;

CONSIDÉRANT QUE le Québec est en période de rigueur budgétaire, que les ressources sont limitées, que les besoins sont illimités et que cet argent pourrait être mieux utilisé;

Nous demandons au gouvernement du Québec:
De renoncer au projet de loi n° 64 visant, entre autres, la création d’un registre québécois des armes d’épaule;

De tenir des audiences publiques permettant aux Québécois de se faire entendre sur le sujet, qu’ils soient propriétaires d’armes à feu ou non;

De gérer les ressources de l’État de façon responsable en visant l’efficacité plutôt que la satisfaction des groupes de pression.

Date limite pour signer : 11 mars 2016

Nombre de signataires : 15036

Pour signer la pétition

To sign this petition, go to:


2,986 SHOOTING VICTIMS IN GUN-CONTROLLED CHICAGO DURING 2015 (By AWR Hawkins | Breitbart News | January 1, 2016)

On January 1, the Chicago Tribune reported that the number of shooting victims in gun-controlled Chicago for 2015 was 2,986.

Mind you, Chicago has a “violence tax” that raises the price of every gun and bullet sold at retail, an “assault weapons” ban, limits on the number of gun stores and the locations of those stores, and what the New York Times describes as handgun restrictions that let city leaders “get as close as they could get legally to a ban without a ban.”

The result? According to the Chicago Tribune, there has been nearly 3,000 shooting victims in one year’s time.

And the Tribune reports approximate 470 homicides for Chicago in 2015, which means gun-controlled Chicago had “the most violent year of all major U.S. cities.” It is the worst year the city has seen since 2012, “when 500 people were killed.”

On October 27, President Obama tried to blame Indiana and Wisconsin for the gun control failure in Chicago. His line of reasoning was that the pro-Second Amendment stance of Indiana and Wisconsin led to guns flooding into Chicago from out of state. Bretibart News previously reported that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) made a similar move on September 17, when he blamed southern states for New York City’s soaring rate of firearm-related homicides.

Follow AWR Hawkins on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at 

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14 THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD UNDERSTAND ABOUT GUNS (By Sean Davis | The Federalist | February 24, 2015)

Guns aren’t that complicated. Learn a little bit about them before lecturing other people about gun safety.

Guns can be dangerous in the wrong hands. But so are articles about guns written by people who don’t understand anything about them.

There’s sadly no excuse to be ignorant about firearms. They’ve been around for hundreds of years. They’re owned and operated safely by tens of millions of Americans each year. Our Constitution guarantees our individual right to possess guns so that we might be able to defend ourselves from those who would violently take away our freedom. Many gun controllers, however — some of whom have bylines for major media organizations — don’t actually know the first thing about firearms.

Unfortunately, Reilly is hardly alone in his complete ignorance of how guns work. Our nation is facing an epidemic of gun-related misreporting. As a public service to those who have opinions about guns but don’t really want to spend much time learning anything about them, I’ve compiled a simple list of 14 basic things everyone should understand before writing or talking about guns.

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This week on Canada in the Rough, two giant black bears on opening day is how the season kicked off for Paul Beasley and his father, Ken. They didn’t have to hunt very hard as the bears were abundant and very active in Northern Ontario. 

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




TEXAS BECOMING 45TH STATE TO LEGALIZE CARRYING GUNS IN PLAIN SIGHT (By Natalie Roterman | Latin Times | December 27, 2015)

It might come as a surprise to many that one of the main centers of American gun culture, Texas, did not allow guns to be carried at plain sight, especially since shotguns and rifles are allowed to be visibly carried around. Now, on the first day of 2016, Texas will become the 45th state to let licensed firearms owners to openly carry a handgun in most places. A law signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this year will make Texas the most populous state in the U.S. to allow the practice, known as “open carry.”

Both, a group from the Tea party conservatives and a group of Democrats agreed on the original open carry bill, which came with a “no-stop” provision barring police from demanding to see the license of someone simply for openly carrying their gun. T.P. conservatives wanted to avoid 2nd Amendment rights infringement, while Democrats were worried about racial profiling, thinking blacks and Hispanics could be asked for their licenses more than their white counterparts.

Some officers are taking a step back, saying they won’t stop gun carriers “if there is no reason to ask for their license,” but concerns are high on the police side since passing a “no-stop” law could help potential criminals walk around with guns and no fear of getting caught.

Texas already had over 800,000 concealed licensed holders in 2014, and all of those wanting to carry a gun (now openly) have to get the same license and pass the same requirements: have clean criminal and psychology records, pass a shooting test, be 21 or over and complete a training course.

However, private businesses and other establishments have the right to ban open carry under the law. Counsel for Gringo’s, Al Flores, says his concern is that they are “primarily a family environment” and knowing his costumers, they’d feel a little uncomfortable if someone walked in carrying a gun. Their plan is to post signs up in all 14 restaurants in English and Spanish, warning customers about the policy. Joining them are at least three grocery giants including H-E-B, Whole Foods and Safeway, amongst many other businesses.

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THE SPLIT BETWEEN THE STATES OVER GUNS (By Russell Berman | The Atlantic | December 31, 2015) 

Owners of firearms will have more rights in Texas and fewer rights in California in the new year, thanks to the nation’s deepening cultural divide.

Will restrictions on guns expand or contract in 2016? It depends entirely on which state you’re in.

Guns are about to become a lot more visible in the nation’s second most populous state. With a law that takes effect in the new year, Texans licensed to carry firearms won’t have to conceal them anymore—they can wear them out in the open, so long as they are in a belt or shoulder holster. Later in 2016, Texans will be allowed to take guns into campus dorms and classrooms, although those will have to remain hidden from view.

Gun laws are also set to change this week in California, but the country’s biggest state is going in the opposite direction. Concealed weapons will now be banned on college campuses, and police and families will have new powers to seek court orders to strip firearms from relatives believed to be a threat to themselves or others. 

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Fairfax, VA -( Two New York legislators have announced that they are introducing legislation in 2016 that would severely limit ammunition purchases.

State Senator Roxanne Persaud (D-19) and Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon (D-52) want to pass a law that would limit ammo purchases to twice the capacity of the firearm during a 90-day period (3 months)!

Undeterred by the failed SAFE Act, anti-gun lawmakers in Albany seem determined to pursue the same failed policies and will not stop until the Second Amendment is completely dismantled. The SAFE Act has done nothing to lower crime in New York and has turned law-abiding citizens into criminals. The SAFE Act had its own ammunition restrictions and required ammunition background checks which were suspended after Governor Cuomo embarrassingly realized that such a system was impractical. In addition, the last attempt to regulate how many rounds a person could load into a gun was overturned by a Federal District Court in New York and ruled unconstitutional.

Persaud and Simon are justifying this bill by pointing to terrorism, as if terrorists are going to voluntarily ration ammunition. There are so many problems with this legislation that it would be impossible to highlight them all herein. Again, for the sake of New York citizens, we would hope legislators start focusing on the serious issues facing the state and stop introducing these embarrassing ideas.

It’s readily evident that the two lawmakers know next to nothing about the subject of firearms and ammunition. Manufacturers don’t even package ammunition with such a random number of cartridges in many cases. This is one of the most absurd bills being introduced in the entire country.

However, because anti-gun legislators in New York have a history of defying logic, we will treat this legislation as another serious attempt to infringe on your constitutional right to self-defense.

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 “You won’t get gun control by disarming law-abiding citizens. There’s only one way to get real gun control: disarm the thugs and the criminals, lock them up and if you don’t actually throw away the key, at least lose it for a long time … It’s a nasty truth, but those who seek to inflict harm are not fazed by gun controllers. I happen to know this from personal experience.”



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