Sheldon Clare, president of @CanadasNFA: “We’ve been revamping and rebuilding our organization. ... We’re stronger than ever.” Annual General Meeting today in Hamilton, Ontario
Blair Hagen, Executive VP, @CanadasNFA : “If you own a gun in Canada today, you need to be politically motivated, or at least politically educated.”
Charles Zach, Ontario Director, @CanadasNFA : Out of 2.1 million PAL holders, “Less than 1 percent of people belong to a gun org. Not just the NFA, but any gun org.”

#JoinAGunOrg
#WeNeedYou
#StandUnited
#StopC71

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“The new attack on firearms is lead.” - Jerrold Lundgard, @CanadasNFA
Bill C-71 is being rushed through House of Commons and could pass third reading in June, says Fred DeLorey, PR advisor to @CanadasNFA

Cites “rumour” Liberal govt may prorogue parliament for a few days, and reintroduce bill.

#StopC71
Bill C-71 PAL validation to buy a firearm could be delayed or denied, says Blair Hagen at @CanadasNFA AGM

“A right delayed is a right denied,” Hagen says.

#StopC71
Why only check gun licence when buying or selling under Bill C-71? What’s the point?

“If there is an issue with public safety, why is the firearm licence not be revoked immediately?” Blair Hagen @CanadasNFA

#StopC71
Bill C-71: “Destroying legitimate use and economic potential of that firearm.” Blair Hagen @CanadasNFA

Member at AGM says many ranges don’t allow “Prohibited” firearms. So ~14,000 CZ 858 and Swiss Arms rifles would essentially be confiscated.

#StopC71
Many of the ~70 rural MPs in House of Commons are “very nervous” about Bill C-71, says Fred DeLorey at @CanadasNFA AGM.

————

—> Tell them their job is on the line.

#StopC71
“If they’re against us, we’re against them,” says Fred DeLorey @FredDeLorey at @CanadasNFA AGM.

#StopC71
“I am one of the few physicians who sees gunshot wounds in this country,” says @Dr_Langmann MD, PhD at @CanadasNFA AGM.
“My recommendation: just get rid of firearm classification altogether. It’s expensive and it makes no difference,” says @Dr_Langmann after long-term analysis of gun ownership, homicide and suicide statistics, and changes in legislation.

Speaking at @CanadasNFA AGM.

#StopC71
Police say gun registration helps trace guns used in crime. But isn’t the point to stop crimes in the first place?

Registration is expensive and has no effect on deterring crime, says @Dr_Langmann at @CanadasNFA AGM. He has analyzed decades of data on laws and crime.

#StopC71
Bill C-71 measures on firearm transfers are a way to clog up the system, slow down transfers and turn people into criminals over regulatory paperwork “offences,” lawyer tells @CanadasNFA AGM.

#StopC71
Bill C-71 rules on buying and selling guns would only frustrate honest people.

“A gangbanger is not calling in to do a transfer.” Lawyer tells @CanadasNFA AGM.

#StopC71
“We need to simplify firearm laws. You should not have to go to school for four years and be a gun nut to understand firearm laws,” lawyer says.

“You need to move the punishment for regulatory offences outside the criminal system.”

#StopC71
If police stop you while you’re driving, you have to give your name, address, licence and that’s it. You don’t have to answer where you are coming from, where you are going, and what’s in your car. You have the right to silence. Use it.

@CanadasNFA AGM.
If you are transporting firearms while driving and police ask you, you are not obliged to disclose.

If they have grounds to suspect you, they don’t need your permission to search your car.

“If you don’t answer questions, you don’t give them grounds.”

-Lawyer at @CanadasNFA AGM
Lawyer speaking at @CanadasNFA AGM was Fady Mansour, colleague of @SolomonFriedman at @EdelsonLaw on Ottawa

#FirearmLawyer

#StopC71
NFA Lawyer Guy Lavergne now addresses @CanadasNFA AGM.

“Bill C-71 is strictly focused on law-abiding firearm owners.”

“It does not address gangs or violence.”

#StopC71
Chief Firearms Officers are already look beyond five years for firearm licences.

Bill C-71 will look at whole life:
- did you ever have a breakup?
- were you ever depressed?
- were you ever treated for mental illness as a child?

#StopC71
“The Prime Minister is wrong” when he tweeted that you don’t have to show your licence to buy a gun.

Criminal Code puts onus on seller to verify. How to verify? View PAL.

-lawyer Guy Lavergne

#StopC71
#StopLying
“Gun shows may be on the endangered species list,” says Guy Lavergne.

How are you going to contact the RCMP Registrar on the weekend?

(Try calling now. Long hold times. Often saturated.)
Bill C-71: “Those people who have illegally held firearms, even though they are not criminals in the proper sense of the term, are going to be selling to others like themselves or to real criminals.”

#BiggerBlackMarket
#StopC71
#PolicyFailure
Bill C-71 “is putting back together a long-gun registry, they’re just doing it one reference number at a time.”

- will be exempt from Access to Information program.

“It’s not only a registry, it’s a secret registry.”

-Guy Lavergne
Bill C-71 New Section 12(9) is a “warning sign.” “My belief is that more prohibitions are on the horizon.”

E.g. AR-15: Govt might say: “You can still shoot it, but there won’t be any more coming into the country.”

#StopC71
Guy Lavergne says AR-15 is most likely next target of prohibition if Bill C-71 passes.

#StopC71
Bill C-71 possible rifle prohibitions: “Anything that is black or green or has some appearance that is military is on the endangered-species list.”

If Bill C-71 passes: “... will soon be moved to the ‘Prohibited’ list.”

-Guy Lavergne
Personal story from member at at @CanadasNFA AGM shows police keep personal info of crime victims in CPIC database.

Why it matters? CPIC is supposed to be a database of crime perpetrators, not victims.
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