BILL C-68 PASSES AND WE LOST...OR DID WE???
As most members know by now our last hope to defeat Bill C-68, the Senate, caved in and voted for it. Unfortunately, there now seems to be a feeling among some gun owners that we have lost the war. Nothing could be further from the truth. Despite our cautious optimism we knew from the beginning that the Liberal majority, with an anti-gun Prime Minister and Justice(?) Minister would not be very interested in hearing anything constructive that gun owners had to say. They have simply proven to us that we were correct. While we are disappointed we are not surprised or discouraged.
THE SILVER LINING
Despite this setback we have made great strides in the right direction. Thanks to the Liberals and their head-in-the-sand attitude the millions of gun owners in Canada have finally been drawn together into a cohesive group. Your membership in this organization is one example of what has been happening nationwide with gun owners and their supporters. For the first time in memory we have gathered significant media support and many pro-gun articles from writers like George Jonas, Lorrie Goldstein and Karen Selick have appeared in national publications. News commentators like Mike Duffy have given us positive television coverage. A national political force, the Reform Party of Canada, has promised to repeal C-68 if they form the next government. Provincial government parties that ran on platforms supporting gun owners have taken power in several provinces.
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
The most important thing for you at this time is not to panic. Don't sell your guns. Don't rush out to register them. If you do, they win. Rock wants this and under no circumstances should we cooperate with this man or his party. Don't be tempted to save a few bucks under some early registration scheme. Once your name is in the computer chances are they will never remove it. Remember, this man has already stated that only the military and police should have guns so you know his intentions once you are registered. You have nearly eight years before you have to register your guns. That translates into at least two more federal elections before registration is mandatory and you should not be in any hurry.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
After the success of our first Gun show in September 1995 we are planning on another one in mid-March 1996. Watch for details on exact date, time and place in the next newsletter in early 1996.
SEA OF GREEN CAMPAIGN
The National Firearms Association, in conjunction with The Sporting Clubs of Niagara, is promoting the "Sea of Green" campaign. The NFA has produced large green plastic signs which read "Remember Bill C-68 When You Vote". The plan is to cover the region with these signs during the next federal election. Why not get a jump and order some now to show your support for the firearms community. They are only $1 each (cheaper if ordered in quantity) and are a great way to remind people that this Liberal Government has to go. Call any member of the Executive to order yours.
The Ontario Conservative government has loosened some of the conditions on
If you are an active hunter, shooter or have owned firearms
prior to 1979 there is a good chance
that you can avoid some of the red tape
and cost involved in an FAC renewal. Contact your local
police station for
information and application forms.
**NOTE--IMPORTANT**These exemption conditions are only valid till Dec. 31, 1995. You must at least file your application by that date to be considered for the exemption. DON'T DELAY - DO IT NOW!!!
Memberships in The Sporting Clubs of Niagara for 1996 are now due. Please find enclosed a blank 1996 membership form. Fill it in, detach the membership card portion and keep it. Return the large registration portion with your payment to the address below.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Ron Penfound Jim Finley John Gayder Gerry Gamble Ivan Chamberlain Paul Blushak Barry Devereux Max Cook Tom Duggan Dennis Dunbar James Houlden John Kellaway Robert Lockhart Rick McConnery Dave Miller John Orth Bill Staff Bill Wagner Jack Warner Shirley Warner