The Sporting Clubs of Niagara
Volume 19, Number 1
Hi everybody. First let me start by thanking outgoing President Gerry Gamble for his continuing efforts on behalf of The Sporting Clubs of Niagara. Without him most of the things we do would not be possible. Along that line, to help spread out the TSCON workload we have done some restructuring of the Executive and our meetings. In place of a President we now have three Co-Chairmen who will run the Executive on a rotating basis. Director Steve Turner becomes the Membership Chair and Director John Orth will be the Gun Show Chair. We have also changed our meeting dates. Instead of every Wednesday evening, meetings will now be held the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. A complete schedule of 2013 meetings is posted on our website. We hope these changes will help the organization to run more efficiently.
Well, with a new year has come more problems. In the past months shootings have occurred which, as usual, have caused some people to conveniently blame guns instead of the perpetrators. This has always baffled me. If someone is stabbed the knife is not blamed. If a drunk driver runs down school kids the car is never at fault. Yet when someone is shot somehow it’s the gun that is at fault. Like the others a gun is only an object and without someone handling it, nothing can happen.
Our best advice is to make sure your guns are safe, unloaded and locked up unless you are hunting or target shooting and handle them properly at all times.
Last year we managed to get rid of the Long Gun Registry, but that was by no means the end of our problems. Many unjust parts of The Firearms Act still remain so let's work towards the goal of getting rid of those as well. Call your MP and let them know this battle is not yet done.
I wish everybody a good year of safe hunting and target shooting.
By now everyone is aware of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the anti-gun fallout it is causing in the U.S. So far Canada has been able to avoid most of the irrational gun-ban hysteria that is occurring stateside although the Coalition for Gun Control and their cronies have tried their grave dancing routine, but so far with minimal effect.
What is disturbing, however, is the speed with which some so called “gun owners” have been willing to throw their fellow shooting enthusiasts under the bus. How often have you heard a hunter say “Who needs handguns?” or a trap shooter say “Who needs an assault rifle?”. Frankly, when I hear such comments it makes me cringe. Any hunter who thinks that when handguns are banned the anti-gun forces will be satisfied truly has their head stuck where the sun don’t shine. Any skeet shooter who thinks that they will be left alone if assault-style rifles are banned is living in a fantasy world. If gun owners do not defend each other regardless of the type of gun they own then we are surely finished. You may not like the guns that others use but it is imperative that you defend their legal right to own them. There are no bad guns, just bad people. Please remember that the next time you are tempted to criticize the firearms that someone else owns.
More CFO Nonsense
Just when the Ontario CFO had finally been reined in over the long gun registry data comes more nonsense from that office. Ontarians with Authorizations to Transfer (ATTs) for restricted firearms and prohibited handguns are familiar with the wording on their ATT which reads “Transport to and from an approved shooting club or shooting range for target practice (for restricted firearms and prohibited handguns only)”. On new ATTs this has been changed to “To all approved restricted shooting ranges in Ontario as a member in good standing of that club or as an invitee of an authorized member of the host club when transporting firearms by invitation. Written proof of invitation by authorized club member must be provided to CFO or police upon request”.
This is clearly another harassment tactic by the Ontario CFO. Vast numbers of shooters go to clubs other than their own as visitors or to take part in competitions. This appears to mean that any time you attend a club other than one you belong to you will need to produce an invitation from that club. This is obviously impractical and serves no purpose other than plain intimidation.
There has never been a problem with ATT holders going to clubs they do not belong to and there is no reason to believe there will be in the future.
As this issue only surfaced a few days ago many questions are currently unanswered. However, CSSA has already indicated that they will be taking the CFO to court. For the moment we suggest the following: 1. Check the conditions printed on your ATT to see if the new ones apply. 2. carry your club membership card(s) with you at all times when going to the range. 3. Call your local MP and complain about this. Under The Firearms Act CFOs are allowed to set reasonable regulations but it is clearly time that the feds remove that privilege to prevent CFOs from pulling this type of nonsense. If you are law-abiding enough to have passed the Firearm Safety Course, been granted a PAL and allowed to purchase a restricted firearm, an ATT serves no useful purpose anyway.
In the last two issues we alerted you that several amnesties which the Conservative put in place in 2006 are expiring. The most significant is the end of no-fee licence renewals. The fee waiver for restricted PALs ended on Sept. 17, 2012 (we hope you applied before then). However, the amnesty to encourage holders of expired POLs to return to compliance with the Firearms Act and firearms licensing regulations is still in effect until May 16, 2013.
Firearm owners whose POL expired on or after January 1, 2004, may be eligible to apply for a new POL, if they meet all of the following criteria:
Their previously held POL expired naturally (was not revoked or refused):
They are in possession of at least one firearm; and
They meet all public safety requirements in order to possess firearms.
There is no fee for the new POL. Eligible individuals should call the Canadian Firearms Programme‘s toll‑free number: 1‑800‑731‑4000
The fee waiver for Non-Resricted PALs is also in effect until May 16, 2013.
This fee waiver does NOT apply to:
individuals obtaining their first licence, or individuals who held a minors licence and are applying for a PAL, or individuals who are obtaining a new licence after their licence was refused or revoked, or individuals obtaining a licence after the expiry of a firearms prohibition order.
You do not have to wait till your POL or PAL is near expiry to renew it. If
your licence has four years left on it and you renew before the end of the amnesty you get 5 years free from the date of the renewal, or one free year. The closer you are to your expiry date the more you save ( @ $12/year).
Anyone with four years or less left on their POL or PAL should renew it before the waiver ends.
Forms can be downloaded from the Canadian Firearm Centre website:
If you don’t have a computer, contact TSCON
(905-685-4480) and we will send you the application form.
A few other tips:
1. You do not need a passport photo on the application. Any photo that meets the size requirements is acceptable (see the “Photo Instructions” on the application form). We suggest you take a few head and shoulder digital photos at different distances against a light coloured blank wall. Digital photos are cheap so even 5 photos should cost a dollar or less.
2. Always send the application by registered mail. That way you can prove you sent it and the Firearms Centre has to sign when they receive it.
3. Photocopy your application in case the CFC loses yours (yes, they do).
Save some money and reapply now. With luck the Conservatives will loosen up the licencing regulations in the next few years and your free licence may be good for 10 or more years. Call TSCON if you have any questions.
Ian Thompson Case
After nearly 2 ½ years we can finally announce that Ian Thompson was found not guilty of all charges against him. On Jan. 3, 2013 Justice J. Colvin ruled that all the charges against Thompson for careless storage of firearms and ammunition be dismissed. Without rehashing what has been written previously the judge accepted Thompson’s version of the events and that the firearms he used were properly stored separately from the ammunition. This is an important decision for two reasons: First, that Thompson was not prosecuted for using firearms for self-defence and second, that the judge upheld the defence contention that ammunition does not have to be locked up if the firearms are. This now sets a precedent for future cases which should make it easier for defendants in similar situations. As of this writing the Crown still has about a week to appeal but have not at the moment.
Ian Thompson has a big legal bill and still needs financial support. You can provide it by cheque, money order, VISA, MasterCard or AMEX. Send donations “IN TRUST” to: “EDWARD BURLEW IN TRUST” (add a note that it's for Ian Thomson - file# 2667.10).
Edward L. Burlew, 16 John Street, Thornhill, ON, L3T 1X8, 1‑888‑486-5677
For a full transcript of the ruling see the following:
Those of you who get SUN TV know that it is the only pro-gun channel on Canadian televison. All the main commentators (Ezra Levant, Brian Lilley, Charles Adler, Michael Coren and David Menzies) have consistently supported the firearm community by reporting on anti-gun injustices and hosting many pro-gun guests.
SUN TV’s main problem is that they are not a mainstream channel and therefore only reach a limited audience. SUN is attempting to force the CRTC to allow them the same access to basic cable service as CBC and CTV.
We really need SUN TV because it is the only channel standing up for us.
Please read the following:
The future of Sun News is at stake and we need your help. Our rivals are doing everything in their power to
stop us from getting a new broadcast licence. We’re used to their tactics, but we can’t let them get away with this. We need your support. We need you to take action.
Right now we’re getting the short end of the stick. Many local cable providers are refusing to offer Sun News! In fact, we’re only allowed in 4 out of 10 households in Canada and that’s not fair.
We’re simply asking the CRTC to offer Sun News exactly what they mandated for CTV News Channel and CBC News Network when they launched. Nothing more, nothing less.
You know how important it is for our great country that we succeed and continue to spread the truth.
Please, take action today!
Here's how you can help:
1. Sign our petition to the CRTCat www.CanadianTVFirst.ca.W
2. Write a letter to the CRTC and let them know why you think Sun News deserves mandatory carriage. Be sure to include the following:The application’s reference number: 2012‑0687‑1.Without this number, your support won’t count. All written communication to the CRTC has to begin or end with either of the following:
a. I request to appear at the public hearing.
b. I do not want to appear at the public hearing.
c. Finally, stamp your envelope and mail it to this the address:
Secretary General of The Commission
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N2
3. Forward this information to your friends and family and ask them to help put CanadianTvFirst.
Hunting Shows Picked Up
Our last issue detailed the politically motivated dropping of three TV hunting programmes by Global TV/Shaw Media. We are pleased to announce that all three have been picked up by other networks: “Canada in the Rough” by SUN TV and “The Canadian Tradition” and ‘Angler and Hunter TV” by the Outdoor Life Network (OLN).
While we are happy to see these shows continue, the fact remains that Global TV/Shaw Media caved in to political pressure and cancelled the shows for no good reason so if you are Shaw subscriber, think hard about cancelling their services. Loss of revenue is the only thing these companies understand.
Bruce Montague Update
A recent court decision was rendered in which the court ordered all the goods seized when Bruce as arrested be
forfeited. This was not a surprise given that the same judge who sentenced Bruce also made this decision. However, Bruce is contesting the ruling and because of the challenge the procedure to have his home also seized is on hold till the
challenge is heard.
It is obvious that the intent is to grind Bruce down but he is determined to fight this to the end and we applaud him for his courage. Bruce’s legal fund is depleted and the Montagues could really use some financial assistance.
Remember that Bruce fought his battle to benefit us all so let’s not forget him. Donate online at:
or make cheques payable in whatever amount you can spare to:"Bruce Montague Scrap C-68 Fund"
c/o Roger Nordlund
RR3 Site 211, Box 7
Dryden ON P8N 3G2
Negotiations with the Niagara Region to sell the Niagara Regional Police Revolver Club property are nearing a successful conclusion. All the major issues appear to have been resolved and the final copy of the contract is scheduled to be presented to the Corporate Services Committee in February. Assuming no problems arise the deal should be approved by the full Council no later than March. When we have a firm date for the final approval we will post it on the TSCON website and encourage you to come out to show your support for the deal and thank councillors who supported us.
Niagara Military Museum News
Firstly, a very big thank you to the TSCON Executive for donating $200 to the Niagara Military Museum. This donation went a long way to help make our November 3rd Grand Opening of the Museum in the Armoury in Niagara Falls a great success.
The Museum is up and running and is enjoying a steady stream of local and tourist visitors. Regular hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10 AM to 3 PM Thursday Saturday and Sunday evenings 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM.
TSCON members are always welcome to come and visit and if you need help researching your family’s military service we will be glad to help out. Please call 905‑358‑1949 and leave a message. If you have an interest in military history please come down to see us and hopefully you can also find some time to volunteer.
The Museum's lease for the Armoury building will be coming up for renewal soon and we need to go for at least another five years with the lease to include the whole Armoury. We will need the help of TSCON members when this lease comes before Niagara Falls City Council. I will bring further information on the time and date of the Council meeting to the TSCON Gun show on February 28th.
Thank you again for your donations and support.
VP and Curator
Niagara Military Museum
5049 Victoria Ave.
Niagara Falls, ON
Reminder: Any 2013 member of TSCON in good standing is deemed to be an Associate Member of the Museum and is welcome to visit and participate in all Museum activities free of charge (donations are still
NOTE: In addition to cash the museum is always pleased to get donations of military memorabilia for it’s displays. Often when vets pass away the families don’t know what to do with their military gear. Now these items can find a home where visitors can appreciate their historical significance. If you have any goods for donation call the number above.
2013 SHOT Show Report
Every industry has their trade show and the firearms industry has the SHOT (Shooting, Hunting & Outdoor Trades) Show.
Held in January of this year in Las Vegas, the SHOT Show was a tremendous success as you will soon read. I attended the show and noted some interesting ideas and saw some very new guns. The 4 day show is so extensive that it took 3 days to walk the show once.
Of course we all have our favourite companies to visit and they did not disappoint. Talking to the trade reps at Colt revealed some very interesting news. Colt is seriously talking about bringing back a revolver line, and there is interest in possibly reviving the Colt Python. Colt is making a lightweight frame 1911 with a concealed hammer and a trigger like the Para Ordnance LDA 45 ACP.
The good people at Ruger would not disclose production numbers for their SR1911 .45 ACP pistol but it is safe to say that orders for these semi‑auto guns have kept the production line running. What Ruger did disclose was that there was so much interest for a SR1911 Commander .45 that they decided to make one. My quest/request for a 9mm version of the SR1911 was met with no news for one on the horizon.
Smith & Wesson is approaching the one million mark for their superb M&P auto pistol line. You can bet that it will be highly embellished, engraved or plated in some sort, reminiscent of the absolutely fabulous royal blue and gold engraving of the very last Colt Python I saw in 2006 at the show.
Remington has also re‑entered the 1911 45 ACP pistol market. Made in both blue and stainless versions, their 1911 has hit the Canadian market with good success. Remington claims they have no 9mm 1911 production on the horizon either, but we shall see.
Timney is a company that makes after‑market target/competition triggers for most rifles and most are little more than "drop in" units. They have a new replacement trigger for the very popular Savage Axis rifle. Timney is also making trigger kits for the Remington made P14 and P17 Enfield rifles.
Last year, German Sport Guns (GSG) introduced a .22 caliber version of the WW2 German StG44 rifle and has now started making a 22 caliber version of the famous MP40 submachinegun. Both guns are true to their original design but are semi‑auto.
Les Stroud of the Canadian show “SurvivorMan” was at the show stumping for his new knife. Les said that he will do some more new “SurvivorMan” shows and wants to include his 15 year old son in a new show. He said he wants to do more 10‑day survivor shows.
Tactical Innovations is a company that started out making accessories for the Ruger 10/22 rifle. Their newest item is a receiver system that has the same charging sequence as the AR15. Neat.
SRS Arms has a new recoil operated semi‑auto shotgun with a new magazine design. The easily detachable magazine holds 16, 2‑3/4 shot shells in an X configuration. You load each of the 4 tubes with 4 cartridges. As you run dry in the first tube, you push a lever and switch to the next tube. When the first tube is dry, the bolt locks open and then closes on the second tube switch.
Caracal is new company making semi‑auto pistols in polymer, similar to Glocks but different. Caracal is also making a semi‑auto 9mm carbine to compete with the JR Carbine, the Beretta Storm, Thureon Defence Carbine and similar pistol caliber rifles. These pistol caliber carbines are legal at most indoor and outdoor ranges in Ontario and some are also non-resricted. TUFF products continues to market their all-in-one magazine pouches. These ballistic nylon single or double mag pouches hold 5, 6, or 8 magazines, upright in a row. One Tuff pouch would eliminate 3 or 4 double mag pouches on your gun belt.
These are only some of the conversations I had at the show about the industry and the new stuff we all want.
Please remember to wear red on Fridays to show your support for our troops.
The following people are the Executive of "The Sporting Clubs of Niagara" for 2013 (please save for future reference).
Gun Show Chairman
John Orth 562‑7686
Steve Turner 685‑8826
Ivan Chamberlain Honourary
Barry Devereux Honourary
Sam Arnold 646‑2242
Ken Durham 957‑7279
John Gayder 937‑2301
Len Goodman 682-8498
James Houlden 934‑4250
Bob Irvine 935-9955
John Kellaway 984‑4189
Paul Kovacs 562‑7159
Bob LeGrand 892-3445
Verna LeGrand 892‑3445
Barry Leighton 934-7733
Jerry Lemick 562‑5378
Robert Lockhart 358‑8923
Rick McConnery 227-0724
Al McKie 682‑7498
John Orth 562‑7686
Ron Penfound 934‑0844
Gilbert Pinney 937‑3579
Richard Stewart 309‑4403
Steve Turner 685‑8826
Ted Valliere 935‑3893
Jack Warner 937‑8397
If you received a 2013 membership card in this mailing your membership expired on Dec. 31, 2012.
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.
Your Rights are in the Cards!
Our extremely popular 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 still available. With the nonsense going on with the Ontario CFO it is more critical now than ever that you be aware of your rights when dealing with the police. At a cost of only $1 per card to defray the cost of production it is the cheapest legal protection you can get. 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 Decals and Bumper Stickers
Thanks to the efforts of our Secretary Vlad Bjel we now have several styles of multi-coloured TSCON decals for sale. They are available with adhesive back to stick anywhere or static cling design for car windows or other smooth surfaces. The price is only $1 ea. so get yours for your car, gun box, etc. at the gun show.
Because of numerous requests we also have “Support Our Troops” bumper stickers and “Long Gun Registry Gone, More Bad Gun Laws Next” stickers available for sale for $2 each. Get them at the TSCON table at the gun show.
Two officers from the Ontario CFO visited our Dec. Gun show. We are pleased to report that they did not raise a single issue and again complimented us on how well the show was run.
Thank you to all our vendors for going the extra mile to ensure that all guns were safely displayed.
We expect to see CFO reps on a regular basis and ask that you continue to make sure to follow the rules for safe display and transport.
Walk-Ins With Guns
We frequently get gun show attendees who bring firearms and other shooting items to the show to sell privately. We have no objection to this practice and in fact encourage it. However, for the sake of safety we insist that the following procedure be followed:
When you bring a gun into the show it must be checked by a TSCON member at the admission gate to ensure that it is in a safe condition and unloaded. The firearm must also have a trigger lock (available for purchase) or zip tie and the action must be open. Anyone not complying with this procedure will not be allowed to bring firearms into the show.
We want to make our shows as hassle free as possible for everyone involved. However, if there was ever an accidental discharge at a show not only would it endanger the attendees but we would be immediately closed down (perhaps permanently) and we are not willing to take that risk. We hope that you will agree with this policy as we must make safety our highest priority.
Gun Show Dates
Dates for our 2013 gun shows are as follows:
Notice to Gun Show Vendors
Late arrivals - If you think you are going to be late to the gun show you should call John Orth ASAP at the Merritton Community Centre (905-682-0098) so he can hold your tables.
Otherwise, they will be rented to walk-in vendors after the 6:00 p.m. cutoff.
Gun Show Location
Merritton Community Centre, 7 Park Ave., St. Catharines
If you want tables for the Feb. 22, 2013 show contact John Orth (905-562-7686).
THIS SHOW IS NEARLY SOLD OUT SO IF YOU WANT TABLES, CALL EARLY!
If you or anyone you know would like to be a vendor please call 905-685-4480 or 905-562-7686 for more information. Anyone who has items to sell can rent tables. You don’t need to be a regular vendor or in the shooting/hunting business.
With the long gun registry gone, selling a gun now takes about 30 seconds with no phone call or paperwork. Now’s your chance to turn those unwanted guns into money. If you have surplus guns, parts, reloading components or other items around the house that you are not using why not rent a table and convert them to cash. The only conditions are that the majority of goods on your table must be shooting/hunting/firearm related and are legal.
Free Classified Ads
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. 19 #2 April 5, 2013
>Vol. 19 #3 Aug. 1, 2013
Remember that you have to call each time you want the ad to run. It WILL NOT be repeated without your confirmation.
For Sale: Lever action hammer locks. Easy to install and use locks fits most lever action & single hammer guns. They fit through the lever around the neck of the rifle and behind the hammer, preventing the hammer from being cocked and the lever from being cycled. Quantities available $5.00 each
Stevens Model 124C shotgun, 12 ga. manual shotgun, plain barrel, improved choke, brown tenite stock & forend. Manufactured between 1947 & 1952, EX condition
Call Lorie 905‑295‑8364
For Sale: Smith & Wesson Model 422 pistol, 22LR, 12/6 prohib, 1 mag, $200
Norinco pistol (Sig 226 copy), 9mm, 4 mags, $400
Beretta Model 92F pistol, 9mm, 8 mags, $500
Smith & Wesson Model 686 revolver, 357 mag/38 Special, PPC gun, $500
Ithaca DS Police Special shotgun, 12 ga., pump action, $400
Remington 870 Police Magnum shotgun, 12 ga., $600
Hy Hunter Single Six revolver, 22 LR, 6 shot with western belt & holster & Texas Marshall badge, $400
All prices firm.
Call Jack 905-984-0035
TSCON Web Site
Comments or suggestions?? Call Vlad at 905-892‑3445 or John at 905-562-7686
General 905-685-4480 905-937-2301 Membership 905-685‑8826 Gun Show 905-562‑7686
St. Catharines, ON
Where? St. Catharines Game and Fish Building next to the boat ramp on Lighthouse Road in St. Catharines in Port Dalhousie
When? 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM
Who? Members and non‑ members alike are welcome to attend.
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.
"After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military." William S. Burroughs (1914‑1997) American novelist, essayist, social critic 1992
DRAW PRIZE WINNERS
The following members are winners in our latest draw. Call Gerry at 905-685-4480 to arrange to claim your prize.
>>G UN S HOW<<
Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, 6:00-9:30 pm
Merritton Community Centre, 7 Park Ave.
Buy, Sell or Trade, 120+ tables of Antique and Modern Firearms, Knives, Hunting Accessories, Militaria, Books and Gun Parts
For tables or information call John @ 905-562‑7686
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