February 1995


"Supporting You and Your Firearm Rights"

Volume 1 No. 1

Who Are We?

The Sporting Clubs of Niagara is an organization of concerned local citizens like yourself who believe that the Government is trampling on the rights of law-abiding gun owners in an effort to make the Canadian public believe that they are doing something about crime.

What Have We Done About It?

To date, members of our group have organized or participated in the following activities to promote the rights of legitimate firearms owners:
- met with and submitted briefs to local politicians explaining the problems the present and proposed legislation creates for honest gun owners while having little effect on criminals
- organized the bus trip to the pro-gun rally at Allan Rock's office
- organized the bus trip to the Ottawa gun rally in September 1994
- organized the November 1994 firearms meeting at Alexander's Restaurant
- organized the Town Hall Meeting at the CAW Hall in January 1995
- sent representatives to the Waterdown Gun Rally in January 1995
- met with local hunting clubs to inform them about the effects of the upcoming firearms legislation on hunters
- made a presentation to Niagara Regional Council which helped prevent the passage of an anti-gun policy statement
- made a presentation to Niagara Falls City Council which helped stop a proposal to further limit local hunting areas
- written numerous "Letters to the Editor" of local papers to express the pro-gun point of view

What Is The Aim Of Our Organization?

Politicians make the laws. So far, the laws have hurt legitimate gun owners. By representing a large group of voters we can influence politicians into drafting laws that protect our rights and property or make sure that they lose theirs seats in government if they don't.

How Can We Do This?

This can only be done with your support. Politicians will listen to gun owners if they believe we can affect their chances of being elected. If we approach a local politician and tell them we represent 5000 firearms owners who vote, they will listen to us. If we tell them we represent 50, they will not. By joining our organization you are helping to form a recognizable voting block large enough to determine which way a politician will vote when your rights are on the line.

What If I Already Belong To A Pro-Gun Group?

Organizations like the National Firearms Association, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and Ontario Handgun Association are working hard to protect your shooting and hunting rights. Unfortunately, they operate on national or provincial levels and don't have the time or resources to deal closely with local politicians. That is where we come in. While we encourage you to join these large organizations and will always strive to cooperate fully with them, our main objective is to represent and work for the interests of local sporting citizens like yourself.

What Can I Do To Help?

1. Join the Sporting Clubs of Niagara. For as little as $10 per year (the cost of 1 or 2 boxes of shells) you can aid the fight to protect yourproperty and recreational activities. As a member you receive the following:
- a quarterly newsletter with interesting articles and useful information
- an opportunity to win draw prizes
- free classified ads in the newsletter

2. Encourage your family and friends to join. The more voters we represent the more influential we can be.

3. Volunteer your assistance. We need people to submit articles, help deliver newsletters, organize local rallies, etc. This is going to be along, hard battle and we need all the help you can provide. If you are willing to help out in any way write a note to that effect and mail it in with your membership application.

4. Make an extra donation. Advertising, hall rental, postage, etc. all cost money. Any amount you can spare helps in the battle to achieve the goals of the organization.

Enclosed you will find membership applications. Fill one out for yourself and pass on the others to friends. Detach the membership card, fill it in and keep it. Complete the information half of the card (please make any name or address corrections) and send it in with your remittance to:

The Sporting Clubs of Niagara
P.O. Box 21047
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2M 7X2