The Sporting Clubs of Niagara
Volume 19, Number 2
Hi everyone. Well, the last few months have been interesting to say the least. As expected the Sandy Hook school shooting has brought the anti-gun, ‘dance in the blood’ types out in full force. Some states, notably New York, Colorado and Connecticut have passed some draconian legislation that will greatly affect gun owners there. Of course the irony is that very few if any of these laws would have prevented any of the recent shooting rampages, because they target law-abiding gun owners rather than attack the root causes of these tragedies.
So in their haste to be seen as ‘doing something’, legislators have passed laws that won’t work, can’t be enforced or are just plain stupid. New York, for example, enacted a seven round mag limit. The problem with this was that first they forgot to exempt the police so they were also limited to seven round mags. Then it was pointed out that seven round magazines don’t exist for a vast variety of guns so how could people adhere to the law? Their solution to this was just about as dumb. Now it has been decided that ten round magazines are OK as long as they aren’t loaded with more than seven rounds in them. That’s clever.
On a more practical level it is highly likely that much of this legislation is, in fact, illegal and will be overturned in the courts.
Not only do these silly legislative changes only affect the law-abiding, there has been economic blowback as well. On the plus side, gun and ammo sales are at record levels and suppliers can’t keep up with the demand despite, in many cases, working around the clock. Several gun accessory companies are pulling out of states where these laws have passed, costing the states hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue. Meanwhile, gun friendly states are welcoming them with open arms (no pun intended).
And while Barack Obama apparently thinks penalizing legal gun owners for the actions of a madman is OK, he is actually making his opposition stronger. Since the shooting the NRA has gained half a million members and is still growing. This has a lot of (mainly) Democratic politicians very nervous regarding their re-election chances, so much so that despite all the hype and Obama’s best PR efforts it looks like the proposed assault weapon and high capacity magazine bans are going nowhere and even legislation to require background checks is in danger of failing.
Of more direct importance to Canadians is the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. As we go to press it has just passed so at the moment its exact effect on Canada is unknown. However, given that the United Nations is now mainly run by totalitarian third world regimes it is safe to say that anything that comes out of the UN is not good for us. This treaty has the potential to slow down or stop the importation of foreign made firearms and ammunition which will mean much higher prices and a far more limited selection of reasonably priced guns.
Canada supported this treaty but has not yet signed it so now is the time to write or call the PMs office as well as that of John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs and our local MPs and tell them that we want nothing to do with this treaty.
In the meantime, enjoy the nice weather and get ready for the outdoor shooting season.
CFO ATT Update
In our last issue we brought up the latest nonsense being dumped on gun owners by the Ontario Chief Firearms Officer, that being the requirement that people transporting restricted firearms to a club other than the one that issues their ATT would require an invitation from the club they are visiting and produce that invitation to a police officer upon demand.
The Firearms Act allows CFOs to set reasonable regulations for range safety but it is clear that this tactic is nothing more than pure harassment given that their has never been a problem with ATT holders causing problems at clubs they are not members of (or any other problems for that matter).
As a response to this unwarranted action CSSA (through Executive Director Tony Bernardo) is taking the CFO to court with the first hearing scheduled for April.
In the meantime we suggest that you do 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 demand that the CFOs be stripped of the power to arbitrarily impose ridiculous rules like these. CSSA has started a petition asking the government to eliminate the provincial CFO positions. These petitions will be collected and presented in Parliament.
You can download copies to distribute at your club from the following address:
Run off some copies and circulate them at your gun club and among your friends. Collect them and send the completed ones to CSSA. The time has come to get rid of provincial CFOs and the more pressure that is put on the Conservatives to do this the faster it can be accomplished. Let’s get rid of these anti-gun bureaucrats once and for all.
In the past two months TSCON lost two valuable long time members.
Local gun owners were shocked and saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing on March 3rd of Seth Lanzalone at 38 years of age.
Seth operated Lanz Shooting Supplies at the Silverdale Gun Club and was a corporate member of TSCON. He was more than that, however. When we held our “End of the Long Gun Registry” celebration dinner last June and were asking for contributions, Seth generously and without hesitation contributed over $400 in draw prizes. That’s the kind of guy he was.
Whenever I dropped into Silverdale whether for TSCON business or just to do a little shooting I could always count on being greeted with a firm handshake and a big smile. The huge turnouts at the funeral services were a good indication of the high regard people of all walks of life had for Seth. He was a good friend to both TSCON and me personally and we’re going to miss him. Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife Sara, daughters Ameris, Lillian, and Ruby, in-laws Joan and Doug Miller and the other members of his family. Memorial donations to "Daddy's Little Girls" trust fund can be made through Pleasantview Funeral Home, 905-892-1699 and would be greatly appreciated by his family.
We lost another long time member far too early when Craig McNeil passed away on Feb. 6th at the of 47. Craig was a regular attendee at TSCON Executive meetings for several years and was the author of the information sheet on antique firearms that many of you have picked up at our gun shows. Our condolences to his mother Loretta and the other members of his family. Memorial donations in Craig’s memory can be made to Ronald McDonald House Hamilton, 1510 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON, L8S 1E3.
The deadline is drawing near for those of you who want to participate in the remaining firearm licence and fee amnesties. You have until May 16, 2013 to take advantage of the following:
Those covered by the amnesties include firearmowners whose POL expired on or after January 1, 2004, and who wish to renew their POL and also people wishing to renew their non-restricted PALs. Both of these renewals are free of charge.
There are some conditions and restrictions which were listed in previous newsletters but you should note that you do not have to wait till your POL or PAL is near expiry to renew it at a savings of $12 per year.
Forms are available on 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 and answer any questions you have.
A few other tips:
1. A digital photo of the correct size (see the “Photo Instructions” on the application form) taken against a blank wall is acceptable.
2. Always send the application by registered mail so you can prove you mailed it to them.
3. Photocopy your application and keep a copy (yes, they do lose them).
Ian Thompson Case
In the last issue we announced that Ian Thompson was found not guilty of all charges against him but as we went to press it was unclear whether the Crown would attempt to appeal the judge’s decision.
Apparently even the fools in the Crown Prosecutors’ office must have realized that their case was hopeless and the cutoff date for them to file an appeal passed with no action being taken so Ian’s long ordeal is over.
His firearms have been returned to him (although not in very good condition) and he has decided to once again get involved in target shooting.
The real crime here (aside from thugs trying to burn Thompson’s house down with him in it and basically getting a slap on the wrist for it) is the abuse of the legal system by the Crown. This is a case that they had virtually no chance of winning yet they proceeded to pursue it at a cost of thousands of taxpayer dollars and thousands of dollars to Mr. Thompson personally.
It is cases like this that destroy the public’s faith in the judicial system because even if you are found innocent they can bankrupt you in the process.
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
These Are Our Friends??
On March 11 the Conservative government announced that three members of the Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee were being replaced with three police representatives (two chiefs and a police union rep). TSCON Past-President Gerry Gamble was one of the members dropped along with committee Co-chair Linda Baggaley and gunsmith Kerry Higgins.
These changes appear to be the result of two issues: complaints from the police chiefs that they had no representation on the committee (despite the fact that two serving police officers are already members) and a leaked media report containing some committee recommendations including lengthening the valid time period for PALS & POLs and moving some firearms off the prohibited lists.
The official reason the government gave for the changes was that CSSA had too much representation on the committee (four members including Baggaley and Gamble). This, however, does not pass the smell test. If the government was so concerned with over representation why would they put five police on a twelve member committee? Or why not just expand the committee to fifteen, dropping no one and adding the police. To add insult to injury the terminations were sent by email with a generic one line thank you. Apparently it was too difficult for Safety Minister Vic Toews to make three personal calls to thank people who had served on the committee without pay for seven years?
Toews didn’t even have the courtesy to notify the MPs of the dismissed members that the action had been taken. How’s that for eating your own?
In all honesty we’re not surprised. Toews has been pretty much useless on gun rights anyway. With the exception of scrapping the long gun registry (which the Conservatives have promised all along) and dropping the gun show regulations (which even the Liberals hadn’t enacted in eleven years) he has done almost nothing to benefit gun owners. He has continued to let the CFOs crap on him (witness the current ATT situation) while doing zero about the many other injustices in the Firearms Act.
It appears that the Conservatives have started to take the gun owner vote for granted and that is a serious mistake. While gun owners may not run out and vote Liberal or NDP, many will just stay home in the next election, do no volunteer campaign work and contribute no money and the only losers will be the Conservatives.
As soon as the terminations were announced, Rick Dykstra, Dean Allison and Rob Nicholson were all contacted immediately. To his credit Dykstra replied in person within a few hours and proceeded to try and get some answers as to why this
Allison’s office quickly replied saying the he would look into it but despite further emails and phone calls to his Ottawa office we have never heard back from him.
Rob Nicholson’s office took five weeks to reply and when they did it was simply an email response saying “Minister Nicholson has no authority over matters that fall within another minister’s portfolio.” Nice, eh? Are these people so naive as to think this won’t have repercussions?
If this shoddy treatment bothers you as much as it does us we suggest you give your MP a call and tell them exactly how you feel. In addition, when the Conservative Party calls you for a donation (which they always seems to be doing), tell them they won’t see a cent until Harper, Toews, etc. start to actually do something meaningful for gun owners. It appears that’s the only thing they understand. It pains us to say it but if you’re a gun owner don’t expect much help from this government any time soon.
Bruce Montague Update
Bruce now has a court date set for Tuesday June 18, 2013 at the appeal court in Toronto but we have no further details at this time.
His appeal is trying to overturn the court order to have most of Bruce’s gun collection destroyed (roughly $100,000 worth of firearms that he has collected over the past 30 years). This represents the bulk of his savings as he approaches retirement. He is desperately trying to get the court to agree that he should be able to at least sell the firearms, none of which were involved in any crimes. They were merely part of his collection as he protested the gun laws by not renewing his license or registering his guns and there doesn't appear to be any rational reason why they should be destroyed.
On an unfortunate side note, Bruce’s lawyer, Doug Christie, passed away on March 11. At the moment we do not know what effect, if any, this will have on Bruce’s court date as he will obviously have to find a new lawyer and bring him up to speed on the case. Since we will not be producing another newsletter till August watch our website for updates to this developing situation.
Bruce’s legal fund is depleted and the Montagues could really use some financial assistance. As Bruce has noted, if he wins this case it may set a precedent that will help other gun owners in the future 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, Trustee
RR#2, Site 211, Box 7,
Dryden, ON P8N 2Y5
We are extremely pleased to report that as of April 1 (no joke) the ownership of the Niagara Regional Police Revolver Club passed from the Regional Municipality of Niagara to the members of the club.
It took over eighteen long months to stop the closure of the club and conclude this deal and there were a lot of bumps along the way. In the end the hard work of several club members, the great turnout of local gun owners at Regional Council meetings and the support of Councillors Andy Petrowski and Bruce Timms helped bring this affair to a satisfactory conclusion.
A few issues have to be resolved (strangely, one is the club name which the Region objected to because it has “Police” in it) but these are minor in nature.
The club is now free to proceed with accepting new members and commencing long delayed renovations so if you’re looking for a nice local range to join you now have another one to choose from.
Our Friends in the Media
Sadly, as gun owners, hunters, collectors and target shooters, we have few friends in the consensus media. Not only do we have very few friends, the consensus media of all types are almost always on the "other side of the coin." Gun stories they report on always have a hidden agenda, almost as if they have already made up their minds. And forget the so‑called free‑thinkers in some newsrooms. The news directors will never allow a pro‑gun story on the air or in print.
Of course gun people have our pro‑gun magazines, and some networks pay lip service to us with the odd random television show. But these shows are mostly lumped together in a block, one after another, or all are shown on one particular day. These shows come and go at the whim of the network and gun owners are not asked for input.
I think part of our biggest problem in society is that random, crazy individuals misuse firearms, people die, and the low information voters just want it all to stop. Their solution is to ban all firearms. When all the privately owned firearms are confiscated, and only the police and the army have firearms and the same evil crazies carry out their nefarious ideas, what will the gun banners do next?
Booze, drugs and vehicle related deaths are much more numerous than crazed gunman deaths but you don't see the consensus media and the low information voters pushing for a ban against Ford/GM/Chrysler products. These "simple solution people" don't ask for a ban against beer, vodka and whiskey. Imagine the outcry if the LCBO liquor monopoly and the Beer Store monarchy ended all sales. And don't even ask me about drugs¼.
The bottom line is that the consensus media are not and will not ever be friendly or even fair to gun owners. Each new gun tragedy intensifies their gun‑ban agenda rather than causing them to explore workable alternative solutions.
After all, they are no longer news reporters and news broadcasters. The consensus media are now "agenda pushers" and "news shapers". And never trust consensus‑news generated polls!
There are good reasons not to support these consensus media types with your newspaper subscriptions, television viewing, and news shows.
I started this column with "Our friends in the Media." Gun owners do have some friends like Sun News Network, the Sun newspapers, and to a much lesser extent, the National Post newspaper. Gun owners should support them.
Gun owners can make a choice not to support, not to subscribe to, not to view anti‑gun biased news organizations. Avoid, stop listening to, quit watching & de‑fund, everything the CBC, CTV, Global, Toronto Star, and the Globe & Mail produce. They are not our friends.
Niagara Military Museum
Don’t forget that 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, of course, still greatly appreciated).
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.
5049 Victoria Ave.
Niagara Falls, ON
NOTE: 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 905‑358‑1949.
When members join or renew many often send extra money to us as a donation. These donations have ranged from a dollar or two to a thousand dollars. Because of the number we receive we cannot send out a thank you to each donor but we want you to know that all donations, no matter what size, are greatly appreciated by TSCON and we would like to thank you for going the extra mile and supporting us with your hard earned dollars. It means a lot to us.
Please remember to wear red on Fridays to show your support for our troops.
Recently we have had several calls and letters from members who sent us their membership cheques but after several weeks they had not been cashed.
We would like to apologize for this. Because the vast majority of our members renew in December and January our Treasurer may have to process up to 100 cheques a week for several weeks and this takes a considerable amount of time.
Without trying to making excuses we need to point out that every member of the TSCON Executive is an unpaid volunteer, many of whom also work full time and have the normal family responsibilities and sometimes these have to take priority over unpaid volunteer work so we ask for your understanding in this matter.
The backlog is now cleared up and any payments are being processed promptly.
However, if you have a concern by all means please do not hesitate to call us and we will answer your query as quickly as we can.
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.
We again had two officers from the Ontario CFO visit our gun show in February. They found no problems whatsoever and once more 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 and ammunition were safely displayed and all legal and show regulations were met.
We expect to see the CFO officers on a regular basis and ask that you continue to make sure to follow all the rules for safe display and transport of firearms and report any problems that you may notice to us.
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 both legal and safety reasons we insist that the following procedure be followed:
When you bring a gun into the show it must be checked by the 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 (also available) and the action must be open. Anyone not complying with this procedure will not be allowed to bring their firearms into the show.
We want to make our gun 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). That is a risk that we are not willing to take. 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: May 3, Sept. 6, Dec.13
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 May 3, 2013 show contact John Orth right away @ 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 905-562-7686 or 905-685-4480 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 #3 Aug. 1, 2013
>Vol. 19 #4 Nov. 5, 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, $275.00 Call Lorie 905‑295‑8364
For Sale: Marlin Model 444, lever action, calibre 444 Marlin, 22" barrel, Pine Ridge 3x-9x scope, EX condition, $425. PAL req’d. Call Roy 905-945-1954
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
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.
"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government ." George Washington
DRAW PRIZE WINNERS
The following members are winners in our latest draw. Call Gerry at 905-685-4480 to arrange to claim your prize.
Winner Prize Donated By
Mike Tompsett (St. Catharines) TSCON T-shirt The Sporting Clubs of Niagara
Greg Reilly (Niagara Falls) Gun Cleaning Kit The Sporting Clubs of Niagara
Bob Stevenson (Fort Erie) Pocket Knife The Sporting Clubs of Niagara
Karl MacKay (St. Catharines) Free PAL Test (transferrable) Firearms Education School (John Kellaway)
>>G UN S HOW<<
Friday, May 3, 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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