March 13, 2015

Daily Fix: Friday, March 13, 2015

Emily PrattRebel Correspondent

PM Stephen Harper says there are too many restrictions on gun ownership when asked about firearms bill C-42. PLUS:

* The CRTC loosens daytime TV "Can-Con" requirements

* Canada's economy lost 1000 jobs last month as unemployment hits 6.9%

* Ukraine makes formal request for UN peacekeeping mission

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commented 2015-03-14 04:50:20 -0400
Peter Leblanc has it correct in his comment. Law abiding adult should be enough. That is how it worked in Vermont when I lived there. Should work just as well elsewhere.
commented 2015-03-14 00:26:56 -0400
Law abiding, tax paying, honest, red blooded, educated, hard working, Canadian,.that should be criteria enough for a firearm permit.
commented 2015-03-13 23:22:26 -0400
I’m retired now, but I spent most of my adult life working in the bush, often alone. When I was working alone in bear country, I carried a pump-action 12 gauge shot gun with a short barrel and a pistol grip, loaded with slugs, slung over my shoulder. Fortunately, I never had to use it. I came close a couple of times, not with bears, but with moose. In the time it toke to un-shoulder the gun and chamber a round, I could easily have been stomped into oblivion. If I could have worn a side arm, life would have been so much easier. It would have been much quicker and easier to get at in an emergency, plus it would have freed up both my hands for the work, without the constant distraction of having to readjust the shot gun and shoulder strap on my back. Those working in the US bush, in Alaska for instance, don’t have that problem. Of course this isn’t a problem for liberal city folks, so I guess it isn’t a problem.
commented 2015-03-13 21:56:43 -0400
I have a trapline and would love to carry a sidearm rather than a BULKYrifle because I use the rifle quite often in dispensing of animals that do not die in short order in the trapsw or snares
commented 2015-03-13 16:42:01 -0400
@douglas & @joan & @stephen – I must have missed the part that would allow easier access to a Permit for Carry or Concealed Carry or any provision to expand any permission to use for protection. The only demonstrable use for protection is as a job related duty. Other than Weebo Ludwig shooting at teenagers on his commune, and another Known Criminal who shot a Police Officer, attempting to gain entry to his residence, I can not recall any other instances where a firearm was used for “protection” in Canada by a civilian and the person was not Jailed for it. I don’t know where that misinformation seems to come from but I have heard it quite a bit recently.
commented 2015-03-13 16:12:54 -0400
Finished my review of the Firearms Act F-11.6, Criminal Code C-46 and the new Common Sense Firearms Licensing Bill C-42. Most of it is updated terminology and some grammatical house keeping but the meat of the Bill is what I was interested in.
1) This bill provides protection for people close to the individual in question with regards to Domestic Abuse towards :
a) Previous and Current Intimate (Spouse, Common Law or Dating) Partners
b) Children and Parents
c) Room mates
2) It appears to reduce restrictions on :
a) Transportation within a province and any Registered Gun Clubs, Gun Shows or Competitions
b) Possession of firearms up to 6 months after licensing expires.
3) Allows for lifetime prohibitions for Domestic Abuse
Is it just me or does section 19(2.3)(b) appear to contradict section 19(2.1) or do you just need the authorization of a chief firearms officer under 19(2.2) ? I might have missed something going back and forth between the Bill and the ACTs. :-/
commented 2015-03-13 15:44:48 -0400
Hey Douglas McEwen, quit being such a pessimist, with that attitude we’ll never get anywhere. It wasn’t that long ago that every Canadian could own a fully automatic firearm, not just a few privileged individuals that got grandfathered in.
commented 2015-03-13 14:01:11 -0400
Appreciate your comments, Hugh. Somehow I doubt that folks like JT or TM would ever consider carrying a firearm in their wildest dreams. Note I mentioned responsible, trained, and licensed individuals. It’s pretty obvious that a person should be background vetted and obligated to take a training course before being licensed to conceal carry. Having said that, I also doubt that the law would ever change to allow it.
commented 2015-03-13 13:36:00 -0400
Too many restrictions on gun ownership? You bet. I want to be allowed to legally carry a gun for self protection so thugs will think twice about assaulting and/or harrassing me.

Awful that Alberta is taking that hit. The IS trade in black market oil doesn’t help anyone’s economy. Including Russia and the Sauds who have artificially lowered their prices in retaliation while others have followed to compete.

Good for Ukraine. I hope the UN responds positively and swiftly.
commented 2015-03-13 13:27:13 -0400
Most gun crimes committed in Canada are with smuggled or stolen guns. It is strange the mainstream media neglects to tell us whether the weapon used in a crime was legal or illegal.
commented 2015-03-13 12:28:33 -0400
Great news on the gun law changes. If liberals don’t want to carry guns, they have that option. But for the rest of us, having a gun handy when some breaks in or threatens to assault levels the playing field quickly. And remember this liberals, cops don’t prevent crime. Cops show up after the crime has been committed and bring the perps to justice – in most cases.
commented 2015-03-13 12:24:11 -0400
Of course there are too many restrictions on responsible firearms ownership The liberals don’t need a rifle to hunt tofu at Safeway stores. The new lady in my life got a crash course in firearms and firearm safety when
we started dating. It’s up to us in the firearms community to educate those who are uninformed. I don’t know as I’m comfortable with Mr. McEwan’s ideas of carry permits, imagine the scenario of someone like Tom Mulcair or Justin Trudeau whipping it out.
commented 2015-03-13 11:55:36 -0400
When I was younger I was fervently anti-gun in all ways, with the one exception being legitimate hunters and people who must venture into our wilderness areas needing protection. Well, that was then and this is now. The more I study and think about the issue, the more I have come around to the idea that I am just fine with handguns carried and concealed by responsible, law-abiding people, who have had appropriate training and licensing. My liberal friends will never forgive me but that’s okay. I suspect there are many more like myself who are in the process of rethinking this whole thing.