The Sporting Clubs of Niagara



Volume 14, Number 2                                                                                                                                   April 2008


                     President’s Message


Well, Spring has arrived and  the political situation in Canada is still as muddled as it possibly can be. Six weeks ago it looked like a given that we would be heading to the polls sometime before the summer.  The Conservatives pushed forward three different confidence motions any of which, if defeated, could have brought the government down.  In each case the Liberals showed as much backbone as overcooked spaghetti, tacitly supporting the  Conservative budget, voting for an extension of the Afghanistan mission and pressuring their own Senators to stop blocking the Conservative crime bill.


Meanwhile, Stephane Dion is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the weakest Canadian political leaders in recent history and has been using every excuse possible to avoid forcing a  general election.  Even as I write this he has a mini-revolt brewing in the Liberal’s Quebec wing, and many Liberals seem to want to go to the polls so they can use a loss in the election to dump him as leader.


Meanwhile, “Taliban Jack” Layton and the NDP have their own problems and actually ran behind the Green Party in some recent by- elections. so he may be in no rush to go to the polls either.


So while an election should not be on the horizon till at least the fall, don’t be surprised if the Liberals force one simply to get rid of Dion and elect a leader they think has a chance of defeating Stephen Harper. If a snap election is called we will do an emergency election edition to keep you up to speed on any developments.


What, you may wonder, does all this election talk have to do with the firearm situation.  Well, as long as the Conservatives are in power and Stockwell Day is the Minister of Public Safety it is unlikely that any serious anti-gun efforts will gain government support and that is fortunate since Premier Dalton McGuinty, Toronto Mayor David Miller and Attorney-General Chris Bentley have recently been pressuring the Feds for a handgun ban, fortunately to no avail so far.


By the way, I apparently misspoke when I commented two issues ago that Bentley couldn’t possibly be as bad an Attorney-General as Michael Bryant.  While he may not have Bryant’s irritating nasal voice or desire to stick his face in front of any camera in sight, when it comes to effective gun control he has proven to be just as thick headed and irrational as Bryant ever was.  When guns are involved, you apparently have to be terminally stupid to be appointed to a Liberal cabinet post.


While the Conservatives have been unable to make any major inroads in firearm legislation due to their minority situation they have recently introduced some regulatory changes regarding licence renewal fees, unregistered long guns and, most significantly, expired POLs.  All of these measures will benefit the firearm community in the short run and are explained more fully later in the newsletter.


We continue to urge you to contact Minister of Public Safety Stockwell Day and voice your support for him.  Contact info is:


Mail:     Hon. Stockwell Day

House of Commons

Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Phone:   613-995-1702

Fax:      613.995.1154

Email:    day.s& (Note: Replace & symbol with @ symbol to get proper email address. Written this way to stop spambots.)

It only takes a few minutes but it helps immensely and we need him to know we are out there backing him up.


Gerry Gamble

Montague Sentenced


On Tuesday, March 18, 2008 Bruce Montague was sentenced to 18 months in jail after having been found guilty of 26 firearm offenses.  The most serious of those were 3 counts of altering semi‑automatic firearms to fire automatically, as well as counts for  removing serial numbers, possession of prohibited or restricted firearms stored loaded or with ready access to ammunition, possession of oversize magazines, improper storage of non-restricted firearms and possession of firearms without a licence.


We have no idea why Bruce had converted semi-autos to full auto, although the general consensus by everyone, the judge included, is that he did not do it for any criminal purpose. What is more disturbing is the number of ‘paper crimes’ like “possession ...without a licence” which would not have been an offense prior to 1998.


It is becoming rapidly apparent that this was, plain and simple, a government vendetta against Montague.  To prove this, compare his sentence of 18 months in jail to that of a 60‑year‑old James Bay resident who pled guilty to 19 firearms offences including possession of tear‑gas grenades, sound suppressors and a machine gun and received a conditional sentence of two years less a day, to be served in his home or the case of an Alberta resident who smashed in another man’s skull with a baseball bat (he later died) and was freed after only after spending 18 months in jail.


Such cases have caused Montague’s lawyer, Doug Christie, to appeal the severity of the sentence. Inane comments from Justice John Wright like "He (Montague) has a vision of a world in flames with every man having to look after himself and his family.” paints a picture of yet another limp-wristed liberal political appointee who foolishly believes the police can protect citizens from the bad guys and punishes someone who takes the initiative to protect themselves and their family.


Bruce still intends to push his constitutional challenge forward and we encourage you to support Bruce in his, fight.  He is an honest, decent man who challenged the government and they have persecuted him for it and he needs our support.  Please send a donation in whatever amount you can spare.  Make cheques payable to the:


"Bruce Montague Scrap C-68 Fund"

RR#2, Site 211, Box 7

Dryden, ON  P8N 2Y5


More information on Bruce’s court case and constitutional challenge is available at:

Letters of support can be sent to:


William Bruce Montague

1430 River Dr,

Kenora, ON  P9N 1K5


New Amnesties and Regulations


On March 1, 2008 the Conservatives  proposed/revised  three amnesties/regulations which, if adopted, will remove some legal liability  from gun owners.  Public consultations have been held and TSCON members submitted several letters of support for these changes.  The changes would be in effect until May 16, 2009. The areas affected are as follows:


Unregistered Long Guns and Expired PALs


This amnesty was first brought in effective May 17, 2006.  It protects from legal liability non-restricted firearms owners who are taking steps to obtain a licence and/or a registration certificate.  If your firearm licence expired or will expire during the period from January 1, 2004, to May 16, 2009 you are protected from legal liability if you are in the process of renewing it.  It should be noted that thinking about renewing or having a renewal form in your possession would be considered taking steps to renew and you would be protected.


Also, if you have unregistered non-restricted firearms and are taking steps to register them you are similarly free of liability.  However, the police may seize the firearms until you can prove that you have obtained a licence and/or applied to register the firearm.  Please note that this amnesty does not apply to unregistered restricted or prohibited firearms, and does not apply to anyone who has never held a POL or PAL.


Fee Waiver


On May 17, 2006, the Government of Canada introduced amendments to the Firearms Fees Regulations in order to waive, for a period of two years, the fee payable for the renewal of a firearms licence, including fees that may apply when changing from a POL to a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) or when an existing firearms licence is upgraded to include additional privileges.  This fee waiver has now been extended until May 16, 2009.


Please note that the prescribed fee will continue to be paid on applications for first time firearms licences and applications made subsequent to a licence revocation or licence refusal or following the expiry of a firearms prohibition order. Applications for PALs submitted by individuals who previously held a minors licence must also be accompanied by the prescribed fee.


POL Renewal (This one is important)


Under existing regulations, individual firearms licences are issued for five‑year terms, and all licences may be renewed prior to their expiry. POLs, unlike Possession and Acquisition Licences (PALs), may not be renewed following expiry. Holders of expired POLs must successfully complete the Canadian Firearms Safety Course examination, and then apply for a PAL in order to return to compliance with the Firearms Act. Of the more than 150 000 expired licensees unlawfully in possession of their firearms, approximately 108 000 are former POL holders.


With the coming into effect of these Regulations, up to and including May 16, 2009, individuals who previously held a POL and who remain in possession of registered or previously registered non‑restricted or restricted firearms may apply for a new POL. Applications would be made to the Canada Firearms Centre (CAFC) using the prescribed form and would be subject to the same checks and screening as any other new firearms licence application. A new POL would only be issued for restricted and non‑restricted firearms, and would expire five years after issue unless the licence holder renews the POL prior to this date. If an application for a new POL is successful, certificates for non‑restricted and/or restricted firearms that were revoked with the expiry of the previous POL may be re‑issued on application to the Firearms Registrar.


Some of this may be confusing so if you have any questions call TSCON and we will try to clarify it for you.

Welcome Back, Dennis!


Last year, MP Garry Breitkreuz’ extremely  capable and hard working assistant, Dennis Young, was forced to retire due to some health problems.  We are, therefore, extremely pleased to note that Dennis has bounced back nicely and is working part-time for Garry on the firearms portfolio.  It’s great to once again see the e-mail inbox filled with lots of valuable information.  Welcome back, Dennis!


Stolen Guns a Problem - Not!


Some recent high profile shootings in Toronto have,  predictably,  been followed by calls from some politicians for a total  ban on handguns. Apparently Toronto Mayor David Miller and his political idiot friends think that they can stop the actions of drug dealing, welfare-sucking, gang-banger scumbags by penalizing law-abiding gun owners.  That makes as much sense as taking away the cars of non-drinkers to stop drunk driving.  Miller and ex-Attorney-General Michael Bryant have  floated some ridiculous claims that  between 30% and 50% of the guns used in crimes were stolen from legal gun owners.


However, Statistics Canada data released in Feb. 2008 shoots huge holes in that theory.  In fact,  MP Garry Breitkreuz says a Statistics Canada study proves that hunters and sport shooters have nothing in common with violent criminals.


Statistics Canada released its study for 2006 entitled: Firearms and Violent Crime. It reported that firearms were used in only 2.4 percent of all violent crime in Canada in 2006. It also reported that handguns (that  have required registration since 1934) made up nearly two‑thirds of all firearms used. CanWest news summarized the Statistics Canada report this way: “In 2006, three‑quarters of all violent crime victims were attacked by people without any weapons at all. Knives, clubs and other blunt instruments were used against 9.2 per cent of victims, while guns were used against only 2.4 percent. Knives were used to commit more murders, robberies, sexual assaults and assaults than guns.”


Unpublished Statistics Canada tables showed that of the total homicides committed between 1997 and 2005, only 2.27 percent were committed with a registered gun, and only 1.21 percent were committed with a firearm registered to the accused murderer, and 2.14 percent were committed by a person that held a valid firearms licence. Obviously, law‑abiding gun owners aren’t the problem yet the Government of Ontario and the City of Toronto want to ban the handguns owned by honest citizens. Also, 102 of 108 handgun homicides (94 per cent) in 2006 were committed with unregistered handguns or the registration status was unknown.


Despite the hysterical cry for an handgun ban, knife and club attacks occur at a rate almost four times higher than guns. Looks like Stockwell Day had it right when he said “"The problem is not the approved collectors or the target shooters," he said. "We have to go after the criminals...”

12/6 Handguns


Hearings on the 12/6 firearms were held Jan. 28.  However, the judge’s decision is not expected for some time, possibly as late as June.  We will let you know as soon as we have any new information.

Anti-Gun/Anti Hunting List


Are you aware of any businesses or organizations which have demonstrated unfair anti-gun biases?  If so, please forward their names to us.  We will be happy to give them the publicity they deserve.


Keep Your Donations Local


Many of you have no doubt received appeals from the Conservative Party of Canada for donations to help them prepare for the next election.  We advocate that you support the Conservatives because they have been the only party to demonstrate a willingness to  work with gun owners to correct many of the injustices foisted upon us by the Liberals. However, it has recently come to our attention that if you make a donation to the national party, only 10% of the money is kicked back to your local riding. On the other hand, if you make the donation directly to the riding it gets to keep 100% of the donation.


Our three local MPs (Rick Dykstra, Dean Allison and Rob Nicholson) have proven to be very supportive of gun owners.  For that reason we would ask that when you make a donation, send it directly to your local riding association. These gentlemen are on our side and we can help them out greatly by sending them money to help keep them elected and so they may continue that support.


Red Fridays


Remember to wear red on Fridays to show your  support for  our troops.


Push for 1000


Membership in TSCON currently stands at about 950 households and we would love to be able say that we have over 1000.  How about convincing your shooting & hunting buddies and gun owning relatives and friends to join us.


2008 Memberships


All 2007 memberships expired on Dec. 31/2007.  If the mailing label on your envelope does not read “08" YOU ARE NOT A PAID UP MEMBER FOR 2008.  Non-members receive only one newsletter a year.  Can you afford to be uninformed about the firearm issue?  Not if you care about your guns, you can’t! Please take the time to renew right now.  Maybe even throw in a few extra dollars as a donation if you can spare them.


T-Shirts/Sweat Shirts/Hats


We have a new supply of “The Sporting Clubs of Niagara” t-shirts, sweat shirts and hats (hats now available in 4 colours).  They are good quality and available in a variety of sizes and designs.  Get them  while the supply lasts.  Prices as follows:


T-shirts M-XL  $16

               XXL  $18

Sweats - M-XL $20

               XXL  $22

Hats w/TSCON crest $15

TSCON crest alone $6.


Buy them at the gun show or from any member of the Executive.


Your Rights are in the Cards!


We continue to hear horror stories of police abusing their powers when dealing with firearm owners including one incident where a police officer parked outside a gun club and pulled over a member leaving the club for no reason except that there might be firearms in the car (after all it was a GUN club). Our laminated wallet-sized printed cards declaring your right to remain silent and ask for a lawyer when it appears that the police are overstepping their authority when questioning you in dubious circumstances are proving extremely popular (which is a little scary when you think of it). We are only asking for $1 per card to defray the cost of production.  If you want cards mailed to you please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your request. More info on this is on our website in archived copies of newsletter Vol. 11 #4 and Vol. 12 #1.


TSCON Web Site


All our newsletters as well as other interesting and informative information are available on our web site: Comments or suggestions?? Call John at 905-562-7686


Gun Show Dates


Confirmed dates for our 2008 gun shows are as follows:


April 25

Sept. 5

Dec. 12

Gun Show Location


Merritton Community Centre, 7 Park Ave., St. Catharines


If you want tables for the April 25/08 show, contact Carson Moore right away - 905-934-6469 or 905- 650-7414 (cell). Shows usually sell out and often we do not have tables for all our vendors.  If you want tables, call early!

Notice to Gun Show Vendors


Late arrivals - If you think you are going to be late to  the gun show you should call Carson Moore ASAP at the Merritton Community Centre (905-682-0098) so he can hold your tables. Otherwise, he may rent them to walk-in vendors after the 6:00 p.m. cutoff.

Free Classified Ads for Members


Classified ads for shooting related items are free for members.  Please call 905-685-4480 and submit ads by the dates listed for inclusion in the next newsletter:


>Vol. 14 #3 Aug. 1, 2008

>Vol. 15 #4 Nov. 10, 2008


Classified Ads


For Sale: Remington Model 760 rifle, pump action, calibre 300 Savage, $450

Remington Sportsman Model 48 shotgun, 12 ga. semi-auto, $175.  Call Don 519-747-2885 or leave message


For Sale: Marlin Guide Gun lever action rifle, blued, calibre .45-70, ported, Ballard rifling, excellent, asking $625.  Call Nelson 519-467-5472


For Sale: Naval cannon, British made-Danish, 3" bore, 42" long on steel carriage with steel wheels, sell or trade. Call Mel 905-201-1886


For Sale: Bear Whitetail Hunter II compound bow, quiver, 6 XX75 Easton arrows, 6 broadheads, 6 field tips, arrow sights, bow case. $150 firm


Lee 12 gauge and 20 gauge shotshell reloader, includes all powder and shot bushings, crimping tools and some Winchester field wads, asking $150.  Call Ken 905-563-7175


For Sale: Browning Gold Edition Gun safe, 32 gun capacity with dehumidifier, like new. $1500.  Call Bob 905-894-6663


For Sale: Excalibur Wolverine crossbow, 150 lb. pull, 15 yrs. old, excellent,   Tasco ProPoint scope, extra blades, 12 bolts, safety harness, screw  in & bolt-on steps and others. Asking $450. Call Richard 905‑309‑4403


Trigger Locks for Sale


The Sporting Clubs of Niagara has trigger locks forr sale.  They aren’t fancy and they take a few seconds to put on and take off but they  are legal.  Locks are only $1.00 each!  Pick them up at the club table at the gun show or call any member of the Executive. Large quantities available!

TSCON Inquiries?


General        905-685-4480




Gun Show     905-934-6469

FAX              905-934-8039


Mail     TSCON

Box 21047

             St. Catharines, ON

             L2M 7X2

Weekly Meetings


Where?  St. Catharines  in Port Dalhousie

When? Wednesdays, 7:00 pm.

Who? Members and non- members alike are welcome to attend.

Where? St. Catharines Game and Fish Building, next to the boat ramp on Lighthouse Road

Moved, Address Changes, Etc.


To notify us of address changes, duplicate mailings, to be removed from the mailing list or to request a copy of the newsletter call 905‑685‑4480.



 "Going after guns to stop crime is like trying to stop the itch of poison ivy by scratching. It feels good for a short time but doesn't accomplish anything."....Unknown





The following members are winners in our latest draw.  Call Gerry at 905-685-4480 to arrange to claim your prize.

WinnerPrizeDonated By
Morgan PattersonTSCON t-shirtThe Sporting Clubs of Niagara
Victor PackardGun Cleaning KitThe Sporting Clubs of Niagara
Jeff LesliePocket KnifeThe Sporting Clubs of Niagara
Howard PotterFree PAL test (transferrable)Firearms Education School (John Kellaway)

>>G u n  S h o w<<

Friday, April 25, 2008, 6:00-10:00 pm

Merritton Community Centre

7 Park Ave., St. Catharines




Buy, Sell or Trade, 100+ tables of Antique and Modern Firearms, Knives, Hunting Accessories and Gun Parts


For tables or information call:


Carson @ 905-934-6469 or 905-650-7414 (cell)


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