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Bill C-71 — Canadian Senate Committee on National Security and Defence (SECD) resumes review of Bill C-71, the government's planned law against hunters, farmers and sport shooters.


Senate: senparlvu.parl.gc.ca/XRender/en/Pow…

CPAC TV: cpac.ca/en/direct/sen2…

Senator David Richards on Bill C-71 against hunters, farmers and sport shooters:

"I think it’s a subtle bureaucratic way of profiling rural Canadians."

If you are afraid your spouse/bf/gf is going to murder or beat you, call the police or helpline immediately. Maybe consider a new relationship?

Don't lobby the government to pass new laws. Murder and beatings are already illegal.
Did you notice ... Senator You-Know-Who doesn't ask certain panelists if they are funded by the NRA or how many men/women are in their organizations?

It's beautiful — and rare — when politicians are so honest and transparent about their agenda.

Senator Diane Griffin @SenDianeGriffin (Independent Senators Group), who said she applied for a firearm Possession and Acquisition Licence: Bill C-71 was advertised as delivering more than it is able to deliver.

Great news for Minister Ralph Goodale: Break and enter to steal a firearm is dropping. So ... Drop Bill C-71?

Also: The Liberals pitched C-71-ish policies in 2015 when crime rates were at a historic low. So this has nothing to do with crime.


Minister says Bill C-71 will require licence validation.

- Don't force buyer+seller to check licences jointly. Who I talk to isn't police business.
- If we can't trust licence card, scrap it. We've spent billions of dollars on licensing. Has it been a failure?
I have great respect for politicians who can say what they say with a straight face.

Possibly illustrates training by a very experienced drama teacher.
Minister Goodale suggests Senate could update Firearms Act to address Indigenous rights.

[Could Senate update Firearms Act on other matters?]

Bill C-71 is a move against international and world-class shooting competitors, such as IPSC or Olympic pistol shooters.

They are the ones who drive to the U.S. or the airport.

Please, stop punishing the the country's top athletes.
Bill C-71 acts retroactively on gun shops and gun owners.

Is there any precedent in Canadian law or any other democracy for retroactive application of a law?

Goodale says Bill C-71 Authorizations To Transport firearms will affect "only 5%" of PAL holders.

- Olympic pistol shooters
- IPSC, IDPA, etc. pistol competitors
- 3 Gunners
- Anyone who wants to take a "Restricted" to gunsmith, gunshow

Someone read The Bill C-71 Book! Thank you, Senator!

Download yours here:

Minister Goodale mentions advocacy by Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, which lobbies govt for more restrictions on lawful hunters and sport shooters and was a member of the Coalition for Gun Control (When Bill Blair was CACP president)


Canadian Senators are asking basic questions about Bill C-71 and safety.

Minister Goodale's responses show Bill C-71 has nothing to do with safety.

Senator Pratte @pratte asks about Long-Term Authorization to Transport firearms.

He nails it. It's just more useless paperwork that has a cost:
- to submit
- to process
- to issue

It represents valuable police funds that are being diverted from solving real problems.

RCMP refers to hunters, farmers, sport shooters as "clients."

Can we take our business elsewhere?

Senator Griffin asks for number of shooting ranges in Canada.

RCMP Commissioner of Firearms report says: "There were an estimated 1,400 shooting ranges in Canada in 2017."

(Doctors may find it interesting that it's the same as the number of hospitals.)

The debate on Bill C-71 and guns in general shows a fundamental property of law that people fail to understand. It costs lives.

Laws work ONLY on people who choose to obey them.

Laws don't work on people who commit intentional, deliberate and determined violence.

People who choose to obey the law don't need the law. They don't do bad things.

The law pretends to aim at law breakers. It's useful for prosecution and punishment (if we catch the perp). It's useless for prevention.

This law punishes exactly the wrong people: The good guys.
Are these the 3 Worst parts of C-71?
1. Connections Registry. Police build map of who knows whom. Privacy!
2. Democracy Destroyer. RCMP as law maker + enforcer on gun classifications. No transparency, no accountability, no appeal.
3. Disarmament. Hello confiscation.

What else?
Calibre Magazine @Calibremag Owner Dan Fritter opposes Bill C-71. Cites principles, ballooning costs.

[This could be a sign of hope. Bill C-71 may cost so much it will be unenforceable.]
Edward Burlew, lawyer, says Bill C-71 could be known as "Indigenous People's Disarmament Act."

Senator Dagenais @SenatDagenais says "Long-Gun Registry" cost $2.5 billion (much over budget) and created "false sense of security."

You sell Bill C-71 promising it will save lives?


When it fails, it's on you. We won't forget.

Edward Burlew says he is the only lawyer in Canada recommended by the U.S. NRA when their members have legal issues in Canada.

Oops. That one backfired!
Gerry Gamble corrects Senator Pratte on confiscations: Many firearms are confiscated when their owners die.

Bill C-71 will immediately prohibit and eventually confiscate more firearms, and open the way to ban / confiscate any gun.

Pratte refuses to see this as confiscation.
Edward Burlew: "Going to court is an onerous process."

"It's also made very difficult when you have licensing in the same court as criminal matters."

In licensing: civil.

In criminal: Beyond a reasonable doubt.

Edward Burlew: “We have to work together and build a system that recognizes the needs of industry, parliament, society and police.”

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