Bruce and Donna Montague have reached a settlement with Ontario Civil Remedies for Illicit Activities to keep their house after a 15 year court battle that ensued when the couple let their firearms licenses expire in an act of civil disobedience over Bill C-68.
Bruce was a licensed gunsmith and well respected member of his community. His only crimes were paper crimes associated with letting his license expire deliberately so he could fight the constitutionality of the bill in court.
What transpired was unexpected. Bruce was charged with 26 offences related to letting his license expire, 18 months in prison, his business gun inventory was seized and he was given a lifetime prohibition from being licensed and owning firearms.
But that wasn’t enough punishment so the Ontario government applied to take the Montague’s home under civil forfeiture laws.
The civil forfeiture was dismissed and the couple can keep their home.
I had a chance to talk to Bruce about why they thought it was important to stand up to the government, about his time in jail and what’s next after a long court battle.
Bruce and Donna have nothing left but he believes if enough people speak out and know their rights, change can happen. Despite everything, he says the government has limits and people need to challenge them at every opportunity.
Viewers have asked how to help the Montagues. They say the best way to help is to donate to the Canadian Constitution Foundation who represented them through this nightmare, at no cost.