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Team CSSA E-News – June 6, 2015

Team CSSA E-NEWS – June 6, 2015

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COMMENTARY – CANADIAN SHOOTING SPORTS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Annual General Meeting of the CSSA on Saturday, May 30, 2015, was everything we anticipated it would be: uneventful, sedate, quick, yet filled with information about what we’ve accomplished in the past 12 months. It’s a good list.

CSSA’s Executive Director, Tony Bernardo, announced that the House of Commons passed Bill C-42, the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act, the previous day. The bill is now before the Senate. All indications are that the Senate will deal with Bill C-42 very quickly – meaning this should become the law of the land well before the federal election this October.

Bill C-42 is an important piece of legislation. Ridding licensed Canadian firearms owners of the additional layer of bureaucracy better known as an Authorization to Transport (ATT) is huge. As the CSSA has long maintained, if citizens are deemed safe enough to own a firearm and keep it in their homes, surely time has proven that they can also be trusted to safely transport them to and from the shooting range.

The Opposition would have you believe that the streets will now run red with blood. If those bureaucrats aren’t filling out forms and sending us another useless piece of paper, they are claiming there is nothing stopping law-abiding firearms owners from mass murder and hunting ducks with machine guns.

It’s a ludicrous position and Trudeau’s Liberals and Mulcair’s NDP know it’s untrue.

Firearms owners also can no longer be instantly criminalized because their firearms licenses expire. A six-month grace period will ensure that good and decent Canadian citizens aren’t sent off to prison because of paperwork infractions.

That is common sense – well, to everyone but Trudeau and Mulcair, anyway!

Then there is the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision that rids Quebec of the long-gun registry. That is another huge win, and we thank the Harper government for steadfastly and tenaciously fighting it all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada on behalf of Quebec gun owners. Now they too can live under the same law as the rest of Canada – just as they should.

All of these are big wins for the CSSA and all Canadian gun owners. They aren’t the only ones, but they are arguably the most important ones reported at the AGM. There are many more things occurring on the legislative front that will be announced as they happen.

Membership in the CSSA continues to grow at an amazing rate. In just three short years, we have more than doubled our membership. The CSSA, as of Saturday, May 30, hit 23,007 members! This is the highest membership number in our history and one of which to be very proud. It must also be noted that these are 23,007 FULL members. The CSSA doesn’t have “associate members” or “insurance-only members” so our membership numbers cannot be artificially inflated.

While a financial summary for the CSSA was distributed at the AGM, the fully audited financial statement – all 23 pages – is available upon request by any CSSA member. The CSSA is in a very positive financial position, and its future looks bright. We aren’t going anywhere. You can rest assured that we will continue to fight, as we always do, for the rights of each and every Canadian firearms owner.

Mr. Steve Torino, President of the CSSA, also announced three awards at this year’s AGM.  The first award, the John Holdstock Memorial Award, was created in honour of the man whose motto and continual exhortation to gun owners was simple: The world is run by those who show up.

John Holdstock was a dedicated firearms enthusiast who learned to shoot in Saskatchewan by helping keep the gopher population in check. From there, he went on to compete in the 1974 Pan Am Games. He maintained a blog called Total Recall but was probably best known for his “alerts” used to inform other firearms enthusiasts, hunters and anglers. John also served on CSSA’s board for many years.

The 2015 John Holdstock Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to Canada’s firearms community went to Dr. Gary Mauser. For those of us in the firearms community, Dr. Mauser needs no introduction. He is one of the few Canadian academics to perform quality research in study after study about Canada’s firearms laws, their effectiveness or lack thereof, and is a constant voice for reason that has not wavered for decades.

From his website:

Gary A. Mauser is a Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Business Administration and the Institute for Urban Canadian Research Studies at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. His interest in firearms and “gun control” grew out of his research in political marketing. He has published two books, Political Marketing, and Manipulating Public Opinion and more than 20 articles. For the past 15 years, Professor Mauser has conducted research on the politics of gun control, the effectiveness of gun control laws, and the use of firearms in self-defence.

Next, the award for Regional Director of the Year went to Pat Doyle from Alberta. Over the past three years or more, Pat Doyle has worked almost every single Alberta gun show and public event on behalf of the CSSA. Over that time, he has sold dozens and dozens of memberships, raised thousands of dollars in donations for the CSSA’s efforts and has represented the CSSA tirelessly and professionally. Pat is dedicated, selfless and always there when you need him – an exemplary example for all gun owners.

The CSSA President’s Award went to Dave Arrowsmith for his commitment and dedication to the CSSA. Last year, he revamped the entire safety course program – from schedules and delivery of courses to recruiting and implementation. This past year, he personally raised $10,000 in course fees for the association, signing up over 100 members in the process and donating $10,001 of his own money to the CSSA.

The reason for the funny number? Dave wanted to say he donated OVER $10,000 to the CSSA! He may be the largest individual donor the CSSA has ever had.

As you may know, the CSSA elects one third of its board members every year for a three-year term. This is an excellent way of ensuring the retention of the association’s corporate memory as well as ensuring there is always a board majority to help new board members get up to speed with everything we’re doing.

Gerry Gamble, Herb Stone, Dr. Judith Ross, Norm Gardner, and Jack Wallace were all re-elected to their positions on the Board of Directors. This year’s election brought one new member to the CSSA’s board, Mr. John Evers. John is a knowledgeable and welcome addition to our very impressive Board of Directors.

Finally, there was a draw for a fine firearm at each CSSA AGM.

“Larry” was the winner of the gun draw, and he is now the proud new owner of an ATA – CY Synthetic Camo Shotgun 12 ga x 3.5 “28″ w/5 Choke tubes. Only 52 tickets were available for this fine firearm, and those who bought multiple tickets were – as you can imagine – saddened by their loss, while at the same time happy for Larry’s win.

A very special THANK YOU goes out to Phil O’Dell of O’Dell Engineering for donating this shotgun! Thank you Phil!

For those of you who were unable to make it to the AGM this year, we hope we will see you next year. It is an excellent opportunity to meet those people you’ve “known” for years on the Internet and finally sit down face-to-face and brainstorm with them. If you can make it next year, we wholeheartedly encourage you to do so.

As John Holdstock said so often … “The world is run by those who show up.”

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GUN/MILITARIA SHOW – SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2015 – ORANGEVILLE, ONTARIO. Located at the Orangeville Fairgrounds. 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests $5. Ladies and accompanied children under 16 are FREE. Directions from the Toronto area, north on HWY #10 and then just 3 km north over the junctions of HWY #10 and HWY #9. Turn right on Hockley Road, just a short distance and watch for Fairgrounds & Gun Show signs on the right. 230 tables so lots to see Buy/Sell/Trade. Plenty of free parking and a good snack bar are available. Other upcoming shows can be seen at www.ontariogunshows.com. For more information, please call Monica at 905-679-8812.

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“Allan Rock said he came to Ottawa with the belief that only the police and military should have firearms. I believe that firearms ownership is a right, but a right that comes with responsibilities.” – The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety

HELP SUPPORT THE GREAT WORK THE CSSA DOES TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS.   DONATE HERE

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HOUSE OF COMMONS ADOPTS COMMON SENSE FIREARMS LICENSING ACT (News Release | Public Safety Canada | May 29, 2915)

OTTAWA, May 29, 2015 – Today, the Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, issued a statement to mark the passage of Bill C-42, the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act, through third reading in the House of Commons.

“Our Government is pleased to follow through on our plan to support law-abiding firearms owners while keeping communities safe and secure. With the adoption today by the House of Commons, this significant bill now moves to the Senate for the next stage of the legislative process.

I introduced the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act in the House of Commons on Oct. 7, 2014, to help achieve our government’s goal of enshrining safe and sensible firearms policies. Among other things, the Bill calls for mandatory safety training for potential first-time owners, a streamlined licensing system and no more requirement to carry a separate document to transport firearms to such activities as target practice or a competition at a shooting range.

Our Government has always stood up for law-abiding hunters, farmers and sport-shooters. Our Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act, simplifies and provides clarity to the firearms regime and reduces administrative burdens for law abiding firearms owners while protecting the safety of Canadians.”

Follow Public Safety Canada (@Safety_Canada) on Twitter.

For more information, please visit the website www.publicsafety.gc.ca.

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GUN CULTURE PROJECT: DEBUNKING STEREOTYPES ABOUT GUN OWNERS (Brian Lilley | REBEL MEDIA | May 31, 2015) 

Brian Lilley of TheRebel.media talks to Professor Brian Given of Carleton University, about his research into firearms ownership. He interviews gun owners across Canada as part of the Gun Culture Project, which will debunk many popular stereotypes about Canadian gun owners and ownership.

See the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ztph-u1oldY

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OPEN HOUSE – KINCARDINE NIMROD CLUB – SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 2015 – KINCARDINE, ONTARIO. Located at 2334 Concession #12, Huron-Kinloss (Aintree Road) east of Lake Range Road (south end of Kincardine) just down from the golf course. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy a barbecue prepared by the local 4-H Club. Watch demonstrations of cowboy action and soldiers from 1812. Try your hand at various rifles, black powder guns and handguns under the direct supervision of qualified members. Young, old and in between, including ladies, are welcome. Come out and see what we are all about!

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HIGH RIVER FORCED ENTRIES AND THE CHARTER? (Letter by Dennis Young | May 30, 2015)

Airdrie, Alberta

May 30, 2015 

K1A 0A6

Dear Minister MacKay:

Re: HIGH RIVER FORCED ENTRIES & THE CHARTER?

Firstly, let me thank you for your many years of service to Canada. As a person who decided not to run for a seat in Parliament over concern for my family, I do understand your decision to step out of politics for the time being. I also admire your decision to continue to serve your country as Minister of Justice until the fall election.

My reason for writing today is to ask you a simple question. Something I just can’t understand about the RCMP Public Complaints Commission report on High River: FINDING NO. 3: Pursuant to the Emergency Management Act, the Emergency Operations Centre authorized and instructed the RCMP’s entry without warrant and search of every High River building as part of the Emergency Operations Centre’s emergency plans.

Set aside for the moment that the procedures under the Act for authorizing the unwarranted searches were not followed, I have this question: How is it possible that the legal authority under the Alberta Emergency Management Act took precedence over the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Alberta Bill of Rights?

Section 18 (5.1) of the Alberta Emergency Management Act states: “Unless otherwise provided for in the order for a declaration of a state of emergency, where an order for a declaration of a state of emergency is made, and there is a conflict between this Act or a regulation made under this Act and any other Act or regulation, other than the Alberta Bill of Rights or the Alberta Human Rights Act or a regulation made under either of those Acts, during the time that the order is in effect, this Act and the regulations made under this Act shall prevail in Alberta or that part of Alberta in respect of which the order was made.” 

I am really looking forward to your reply. Please call or e-mail if you need more information or have any questions. All the best with your future endeavours. 

Yours sincerely, 

[Original signed by] 

Dennis R. Young

New E-Mail: dennisryoung@telus.net

cc: Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada; Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety; Ian McPhail, Chair, Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP

  1. Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP – Chair-Initiated Complaint and Public Interest Investigation into the RCMP’s Response to the 2013 Flood in High River, Alberta – February 12, 2015 https://www.crcc-ccetp.gc.ca/en/chair-initiated-complaint-and-public-interest-investigation-rcmps-response-2013-flood-high-river

HIGH RIVER FORCED ENTRIES, UNWARRANTED SEARCHES & SEIZURES 137 More Pages Of RCMP Handwritten Notes Raises 74 Questions
By Dennis R. Young — Bio and Archives May 12, 2015 http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/71908

COMMENTARY #5 – RCMP HIGH RIVER REPORT
SO MANY QUESTIONS LEFT UNANSWERED BY THE RCMP PUBLIC COMPLAINTS COMMISSION HIGH RIVER INVESTIGATION
By Dennis R. Young — Bio and Archives March 31, 2015 http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/70833

COMMENTARY #4 – RCMP HIGH RIVER REPORT
OPEN LETTER TO ALBERTA JUSTICE MINISTER JONATHAN DENIS
When did you know the RCMP were kicking in doors in High River, why didn’t you stop it before it got out of hand and why did your government defend the RCMP’s actions?
By Dennis R. Young — Bio and Archives March 24, 2015 http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/70655

COMMENTARY #3 – RCMP HIGH RIVER REPORT
DO YOU WANT A REPEAT OF WHAT THE RCMP DID IN HIGH RIVER FOR YOUR TOWN? RCMP’s DRAFT PLAN FOR TOWNS DECLARING A STATE OF LOCAL EMERGENCY
By Dennis R. Young — Bio and Archives March 16, 2015 http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/70457

COMMENTARY #2 – RCMP HIGH RIVER REPORT
LONG-GUN REGISTRY DATA USED IN HIGH RIVER GUN GRAB By Dennis R. Young March 9, 2015 http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/70294

RCMP PUBLIC COMPLAINTS COMMISSION’S HIGH RIVER REPORT
A LESSON FOR POLICE & COMMUNITIES – HOW NOT TO ACT IN AN EMERGENCY By Dennis R. Young February 22, 2015 http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/69956#disqus

COMMENTARY #1 – OPEN LETTER TO RCMP PUBLIC COMPLAINTS COMMISSION WHY DIDN’T THE RCMP TELL REPORTERS THE WHOLE TRUTH IN 2013?
By Dennis R. Young -February 17, 2015 https://cssa-cila.org2015/02/enews_20150218.html

CANADA FREE PRESS – WHO AUTHORIZED RCMP TO MAKE WARRANTLESS ENTRIES INTO HIGH RIVER HOMES DURING THE 2013 FLOOD?
Guest Column by Rick Hemmingson, J.D. October 25, 2014 http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/67027

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GALLANT CALLS WATCHDOG POWERS A ‘LOOPHOLE’ HER GOVERNMENT WILL CLOSE (By Derek Dunn | Arnprior Chronicle-Guide | June 1, 2015)

Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant says only the Conservative party will protect gun owners.

Parliamentary levers used to expose the sponsorship scandal more than a decade ago are now considered “bureaucratic loopholes” by Cheryl Gallant.

The MP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke said in her May newsletter to constituents that only a Conservative government will prevent the return of the long-gun registry. Attempts by the opposition and watchdogs in the civil service to ensure all laws are followed during the dismantling of the registry, have been met with what the right-leaning National Post calls “the Harper Conservatives’ chronic misuse of power.”

But that’s not how Gallant sees it.

“This time law-abiding firearms owners are being attacked by a federal bureaucrat and the use of an administrative loophole by a gun registry supporter, to claim the RCMP have not acted lawfully administering the law, a charge they vigorously reject,” Gallant wrote.

It was the federal information commissioner, Suzanne Legault, who was promised months ago by the government that no records would be destroyed before legislation closing the gun registry had taken effect. The RCMP went ahead and destroyed records at the same time they were being sought under access laws.

Now the Conservatives are retroactively exempting long gun registry data from access laws to cover up the paper trail. The exemption will be contained in the mammoth omnibus budget bill expected to be passed hurriedly in June, the last chance before next fall’s election.

PERILOUS PRECEDENT

After the records were destroyed, Legault recommended criminal charges be levelled against the RCMP for its role in the case. And she had a dire warning for what could follow, no matter the party in power.

“I think that this retroactive application and the retroactive stripping of the application of the access to information act is a perilous precedent,” Legault said, testifying before Parliament’s Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics committee. “I think it could be used in any other file, of course. It could be used in any of our further investigations.”

Many observers from across the political spectrum pointed to the likelihood that current and future scandals could be covered up and the chance of criminal charges quashed. They point to the one involving suspended Conservative Senator Mike Duffy as an example.

For his part, Prime Minister Stephen Harper indicated that his party won a majority; his party wanted the gun registry destroyed; the RCMP was simply following his party’s demands.

“The government, the Parliament of Canada, has already decided to abolish the long gun registry,” Harper said. “The RCMP have acted fully within Parliament’s intention in destroying the data in the long gun registry.”

He, too, called it a nothing more than a loophole that the government is about to close.

See the story: http://www.insideottawavalley.com/news-story/5655345-gallant-calls-watchdog-powers-a-loophole-her-government-will-close/

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INFORMATION COMMISSIONER SEEKS COURT ORDER TO PRESERVE CONTESTED QUEBEC GUN DATA (By Bruce Cheadle | The Canadian Press | June 3, 2015)

OTTAWA – The federal information commissioner has filed what she calls an “urgent” preservation order with the Federal Court in an effort to keep the RCMP from destroying more contested gun registry records. 

Suzanne Legault wants Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney to either hand over the remaining long-gun registry data from Quebec to the Federal Court or have the court prohibit its destruction. 

It’s all part of Legault’s bid to protect the quasi-constitutional right to access government information in relation to the destruction of millions of long-gun registry records for the rest of Canada. 

And it ups the ante in yet another nasty brawl between the Conservatives and an independent officer of Parliament. 

In testimony Wednesday evening before the Senate finance committee, Legault said she still doesn’t understand why the government did not allow the dispute to play itself out through the proper channels.

“If I’m wrong about all of this, let’s let the procedures take their course,” she said. 

At issue is the application of the Access to Information Act – over which Legault has jurisdiction – to government records.

The latest Conservative omnibus budget bill includes measures to retroactively rewrite the application of that access law in an effort to erase the RCMP’s mishandling of records from the now defunct registry back in 2012.

Legault recommended two months ago that charges be laid against the Mounties for their role in withholding and destroying registry records, which were subject to an active access-to-information request, before Parliament had passed the law ending the long-gun registry in April 2012. 

But instead of Justice Minister Peter MacKay moving on the recommendation to lay charges, the Harper government rewrote the law and backdated the changes to the day legislation proposing to end the registry was first tabled in Parliament in 2011.

The Ontario Provincial Police have since begun an investigation of the RCMP actions after receiving the file from the Office of the Public Prosecutor.

“Let the police investigate,” Legault told the Senate committee.

“Why set the precedent?” 

In a special report to Parliament late last month, Legault called the government’s move a “perilous precedent” that sets the stage for retroactive coverups of more serious government wrongdoing, including electoral fraud and spending scandals. 

The government has responded with derision, insisting that Parliament is supreme and that there’s nothing wrong with rewriting the law retroactively to absolve the RCMP of an alleged crime.

Blaney has repeatedly described the amendments as technical, saying they simply close a “bureaucratic loophole” in the original law to end the gun registry.

Legault told the Senate the dispute is not over a loophole, “but rather is an attempt to create a black hole.” 

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CANADA IN THE ROUGH – ONTARIO WILDERNESS BLACK BEARS

This week’s episode has Kevin Beasley 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: http://www.canadaintherough.com/ontario-wilderness-black-bears/

Canada in the Rough can be found on OLN, WILD TV, and CHEX. For a full schedule, visit: http://www.canadaintherough.com/schedules/

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SELF-DEFENSE IN THE UK IS ILLEGAL (By New American | Bob Adelmann | June 3, 2015)

British citizens seeking advice on what’s legal to use for self-defense found some answers at www.askthe.police.uk, a website sponsored and operated by the government’s Police National Legal Database.

Question 589: Are there any legal self-defence products that I can buy?

Answer: The only fully legal self-defence product … is a rape alarm.

There may be other products, according to the website, but they haven’t been fully tested and “if you purchase one you must be aware … there is always the possibility that you will arrested and detained until the product, its contents and legality, can be verified.”

In an effort to reduce any anxiety, the website goes on to point out that any product a British citizen purchases, other than a rape alarm, “must not be a product which is made to cause a person injury. Possession of such a product in public (and in private in specific circumstances) is against the law.”

It offers some suggestions, along with a disclaimer. A British citizen may use a squirt bottle filled with a safe but brightly colored dye that may help police find and apprehend a criminal after the attack has been successfully completed.

But, says the website, a citizen “should be aware that even a seemingly safe product … would become an offensive weapon [if] it would be used in a way that is intended to cause injury.”

And, the disclaimer: “The above advice is given in good faith. You must make your own decision and this website cannot be held responsible for the consequences of the possession, use or misuse of any self-defence product,” with the exception, of course, of a rape alarm.

This is not someone’s idea of a bad joke, or a parody. Readers may verify the veracity on their own by going here: https://www.askthe.police.uk/content/Q589.htm

The National Rifle Association (NRA), when it learned of the presence of the website and its response to the question about self-defense products that are legal to own in Great Britain, confirmed “that British subjects continue to live at the mercy of their potential attackers.

” It reads, says the NRA, like an appeal for victims to graciously suffer criminal violence while removing “any remaining vestiges of the traditional right to self-defense.”

Real people have experienced the absurdity of such rules being enforced with diligence across the country.

Three knife-wielding burglars [guns are illegal in England] invaded a home in England, tied up the family members and threatened to kill the father.

One of the members managed to escape and get help. The family member and the helper returned and inflicted permanent brain damage on one of burglars — a criminal, by the way, with more than 50 previous convictions — using a cricket bat.

Authorities arrested the defendants — the victims — and sent them to prison for more than two years. The attacker? He escaped punishment.

A well-known television personality was sitting at her kitchen table with her daughter one evening when she caught several young men peering through the kitchen window.

Looking around for something to defend herself and her daughter from imminent attack, she found — oh, no! — a kitchen knife and waved it in front of them, chasing them away.

Hertfordshire police arrived at the scene and informed her that the knife was an “offensive weapon” and therefore was illegal. She avoided being arrested, but the Sunday Telegraph explained:

“She was not looking to be a vigilante … but … police explained to her that even if you’re at home alone and you have an intruder, you are not allowed to protect yourself.”

There are precious few Hollywood actors who see the absurdity of such laws, but one of them, Vince Vaughn (The Internship, The Watch, Couples Retreat) was interviewed by the British version of GQ Magazine:

I support people having a gun in public … not just in your home. We don’t have the right to bear arms because of burglars; we have the right to bear arms to resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government. It’s not about duck hunting: it’s about the ability of the individual. It’s the same reason we have the freedom of speech.

It’s well known that the greatest defense against an intruder is the sound of a gun [being cocked].

Since 1979, International Living magazine has offered people advice on where to live if they are looking for alternatives to where they are.

“Retiring abroad has never been more attractive,” says its website, and among the 25 countries on its list are places with great climate, excellent and inexpensive healthcare, modest living costs “and more.”

American citizens observing the changes that appear to be making the United States more and more like England may be tempted to subscribe to International Living for advice.

Economist Gary North, on his members-only website, is often asked the same question, with variations: Where would you go if you were looking to get out of the country, Gary? North outlined his list of requirements:

  • A country that collects no more than 20 percent of its GDP in taxes.
  • A country where foreigners are trying to get in.
  • A country with English as the common language.
  • A country with a common law tradition.
  • A country where an entrepreneur can start a business in one day.
  • A country with a highly developed system of roads.
  • A country where cartoons lampooning politicians and their policies are not only legal but welcomed.
  • A country where home schooling is legal.
  • A country where police on the streets do not carry machine guns.
  • A country with no history of military coups.

Despite its problems and threats to liberty that appear to be mounting on a daily basis, America is still a pretty nice place to live, especially compared to Great Britain.

A graduate of an Ivy League school and a former investment advisor, Bob is a regular contributor to The New American magazine and blogs frequently at www.LightFromTheRight.com, primarily on economics and politics.

See the story: 

http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/20985-self-defense-in-the-uk-is-illegal

Ask the police – 

Q589: Are there any legal self defence products that I can buy?

The only fully legal self defence product at the moment is a rape alarm. These are not expensive and can be bought from most local police stations or supermarkets.

There are other self defence products which claim to be legal (e.g. non toxic sprays), however, until a test case is brought before the court, we cannot confirm their legality or endorse them.

If you purchase one you must be aware that if you are stopped by the police and have it in your possession there is always a possibility that you will be arrested and detained until the product, it’s contents and legality can be verified.

However, accepting there is a lot of concern about street crime, we can try to clarify matters a little by putting forward the following points.

You must not get a product which is made or adapted to cause a person injury. Possession of such a product in public (and in private in specific circumstances) is against the law.

There are products which squirt a relatively safe, brightly coloured dye (as opposed to a pepper spray). A properly designed product of this nature, used in the way it is intended, should not be able to cause an injury.

However, be aware that even a seemingly safe product, deliberately aimed and sprayed in someone’s eyes, would become an offensive weapon because it would be used in a way that was intended to cause injury.

Any products bought from abroad have a greater chance of being illegal.

The above advice is given in good faith, you must make your own decision and this website cannot be held responsible for the consequences of the possession, use or misuse of any self defence product. See Q85 for information on the use of reasonable force.

See the question/answer: https://www.askthe.police.uk/content/Q589.htm

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RCMP STONEWALLS CITIZEN INVESTIGATION INTO HIGH RIVER “GUN GRAB” (Brian Lilley | Rebel Media | June 3, 2015)

The Media Party is very interested in knowing all about the RCMP deleting the gun registry data before an access to information request was fulfilled, but they remain silent still on the issue of the Mounties blocking info on the High River Gun Grab.  In fact, they’ve never cared about one of the biggest violations of civil liberties by police in Canadian history. I talked to gun rights activist and researcher Dennis Young about the latest tales involving the Mounties, including pages reportedly ripped out of officers’ notebooks, which is against the law.

See the interview: http://www.therebel.media/_rcmp_stonewalls_citizen

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THE 11 BEST US STATES FOR GUN OWNERS (By Daniel Xu | Outdoorhub | May 29, 2015)

Gun laws can vary wildly from state to state. Depending on where you live, you might either be frustrated with your state’s iron-clad gun laws, or praising your lawmakers for standing up for your rights. Did your state make this list? We have ranked what is, in our opinion, the top 11 states in the country for gun owners. Our determinations are based primarily on the state’s gun laws, whether they have any restrictions placed on modern sporting rifles like the AR-15, the amount of states that recognize carry permits issued in that state, and other details. Also, “no-net loss” laws (which protect hunting land) and laws protecting the privacy of gun owners are also considered.

The states on this list do not require a permit to purchase, do not license gun owners, do not have a state-level firearm registry, and do not require a permit to carry long guns. Some states do require a permit to carry concealed handguns. With the exception of Florida, all listed states also allow open carry of handguns. Included with each entry is an excerpt from or related to the state constitution. Information is provided by the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.

Without further fuss, here are our top 11 gun states in loosely ranked order.

See the rest: http://www.outdoorhub.com/stories/2015/05/29/11-best-us-states-gun-owners/

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THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

The CSSA is the voice of the sport shooter and firearms enthusiast in Canada. Our national membership supports and promotes Canada’s firearms heritage, traditional target shooting competition, modern action shooting sports, hunting, and archery. We support and sponsor competitions and youth programs that promote these Canadian heritage activities.

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