The Sporting Clubs of Niagara


Volume 20, Number 1

February 2014


President’s Message


Welcome to 2014.  I hope you all had a good holiday season.


And with a new year ahead of us there is still much work to do in the continuing fight for our firearm rights.


The Right Honorable Prime Minister Stephen Harper has not yet honored the promise in his speech in January 2002 when he stated that “Bill C 68 (The Firearms Act) has proven to be a bad law and has created a bureaucratic nightmare for both gun owners and the government.  As Leader of the Official Opposition, I will use all powers afforded to me as Leader and continue our party’s fight to repeal Bill C 68 and replace it with a firearms control system that is cost effective and respects the rights of Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly.”


And in July 2005 Garry Breitkreuz, the Conservative opposition critic for firearms and property rights said “There is only one way to fix this mess and that is to elect a Conservative government.  We promise to repeal Bill C 68 (The Firearms Act) and return the gun laws to the way they were before 1995.....”


Well, we did that.  We elected  Conservative governments in 2006,  2008 and finally a majority in 2011.   And how many of their Scrap-C68 promises have the Conservatives kept after 8 years in power - just one, the scrapping of the Long Gun Registry.  Well whoopdy doo.


The list of problems with the Firearms Act that the Conservatives have not addressed is extensive.  Licencing reform (converting POLs to PALs, lifetime licences, etc.), reining in the CFO’s and cleaning up the mess of reclassification of prohibited firearms are just a few that come to mind.


And there isn’t enough space here for me to comment on the abuses of power by the RCMP in High River.  If the investigation into this travesty doesn’t result in firings, demotions and hefty compensation for the gun owners involved the damage to the government’s reputation is going to be severe.


There are only about 18 months to go before the next federal election which means that if the government doesn’t introduce legislation within the next 6 months to get rid of some of the worst aspects of the Firearms Act they will not have time to do it before the election and with their polling numbers sinking the election results will be a crap shoot.


We can only hope that some of the strategists for the Conservatives quickly come to the realization that by delaying significant revamping of the Firearms Act they are alienating one of their strongest core support groups and that is a demographic they cannot afford to lose if they want to have a prayer of retaining power in 2015.


I know we keep harping on this but the most effective method for getting our point across is for all of you to call, write and email both your MP and the Prime Minister’s office  and let them know that our level of support both in money, manpower and votes depends on what they do for us in the next few months.  Maybe if they hear it enough it will eventually sink in.


Have a good shooting season.



Bodo Eichhorn

New Reloading Regulations


After several aborted attempts and false starts it appears that Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has finally come up with a reasonable set of reloading regulations.  These will replace parts of the Explosives Act which was written in 1905 and patched together ever since to the point of being almost undecipherable.


Our understanding is that these changes will come into effect in Feb. 2014 so we are publishing here the ones that will be of most importance to reloaders.


These regulation are currently posted on the NRCan website and will be published in the Canada Gazette in early 2014.  To view the complete regulations you can go to:‑_Handloading_and_Ammunition.pdf


The following are the new possession limits and purchase requirements:

Propellants (powder):

>Current Storage Limit - 10 kg

>Proposed Storage Limit (single dwelling unit) ‑ 25 kg of propellant of which no more than 10 kg may be black powder + 75 kg in separate storage outside of the dwelling with no separation distance

>Proposed Storage Limit (multi‑dwelling unit) - 5 kg of smokeless or 20 kg of smokeless in containers of 1kg or less, 2 kg of black powder in bulk in containers of 500 g or less and 3 kg in cartouches and bulk

Primers/Percussion Caps:

>Current Storage Limit – "a reasonable quantity" (reasonable is up to the Judge)

>Proposed Storage Limit – Unlimited in original packaging – up to 150 "stored" in loading equipment


>Current Storage Limit – "a reasonable quantity" (reasonable is up to the Judge)

>Proposed Storage Limit – 225 kg NEQ, i.e., propellant loaded into cartridges (which means the equivalent of about 70,000 30-06 or  695,000 9mm or 2,900,000 22 LR)


>Current – name and address provided at point of sale

>Proposed - POL or PAL number (only) required OR name and address recorded for two years

While there will be people who think these limits are too low we believe the new regulations do represent a significant advancement for handloaders.  They are a huge improvement over the

previous regulations which left the interpretation of the term “reasonable quantity” up to a potentially anti-gun judge.   We all know how "reasonable" can be interpreted by arresting officers and judges and today, there is no"reasonable" in courtrooms or legislation. This re‑write spells it out clearly and removes arbitrary interpretation of those terms. The general consensus by the CSSA people involved in making recommendations for these proposals was that the personnel at NRCan (Explosives Branch) were very professional, cooperative and sympathetic to the needs of firearms owners.  Generally the Explosives Branch has  very little safety concern over handloading activities because it has proven over a long time to be an inherently safe endeavour, hence the significantly increased limits.


While at the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas I had an opportunity to engage Patrick O’Neil (who is the Director General of the NRCan Explosives Safety and Security Branch) in an extended discussion about the new regulations.  He was not only knowledgeable and sympathetic to the needs of handloaders but also, unlike many bureaucrats, is very straightforward and reasonable and that is a definite plus for us.


Please take the time to send a “Thank you” to NRCan Minister Joe Oliver at


CSSA Legal Action


The court action being brought by CSSA against the Ontario Chief Firearms Office (CFO) because of the games they have been playing regarding Authorizations to Transport (ATTs) and visiting clubs you are not a member of continues and CSSA is still waiting for the next court date.  They are interested in hearing about difficulties you may have had the complying with the new invitation requirements of the ATTs.  Direct any occurrences of this type to:


Edward Burlew LL.B. , Barrister & Solicitor

16 John Street

Thornhill ON L3T 1X8.


Donations to help defray the mounting legal costs can be sent to CSSA at: “ATT Challenge” 116 Galaxy Blvd, Etobicoke ON M9W 4Y6 or call the CSSA at 416 679 9959, fax 416 679 9910, or toll free 1 888 873 4339.


Bruce Montague Update


Bruce had his most recent court appearance at the  Ontario Court of Appeal on Nov. 15 in Toronto.  To date no decision has been rendered so we wait.


At stake is over $100,000 in personal property which Bruce had seized when he was initially arrested. The provincial Liberals are perverting anti-organized crime laws to go after ordinary citizens like Montague because they don’t like the fact that he had the gall to challenge a bad law in court and now he risks losing all his property including his family home.


Space prevents us from detailing more of this injustice so we suggest you visit:

We thank the Canadian Constitution Foundation  for taking on Bruce’s case and ask you to make a tax refundable donation to them ($25 or more).  Be sure to note that you are donating to the Bruce Montague case at:


1830 ‑ 52 Street SE

Suite 240

Calgary, AB  T2B 1N1


A Pleasant Surprise


When former Safety Minister Vic Toews stepped down last year we have to admit that we didn’t shed any tears.  Except for presiding over the scrapping of the long gun registry (and the implementation of that was far from smooth), Toews was pretty much a waste of space, consistently siding with the RCMP as they shafted gun owners, replacing pro-gun people on the Firearms Advisory Committee with anti-gun police and generally doing very little to improve the lives of gun owners.


Our hopes for improvement seemed to be quickly dashed, however, when he was replaced by Steven Blaney, an MP for whom, because his home province is Quebec, we had  very low expectations.


While the jury is still out, it appears that we may have misjudged Mr. Blaney. Since his appointment, he quickly met with reps from CSSA, took no steps to implement the UN Arms Trade Treaty and has resisted calls from the media to look into further restrictions on firearms.


Then in Jan. 2014 came the news that he and a number of his staff had just taken the Canadian Firearms Safety Course, even posting  pictures of themselves doing so on Facebook.  His assistant, Jean‑Christophe de Le Rue said Blaney was "pleased" to take the course and "looks forward to many years of participating in this sport that is a part of our Canadian heritage."  De La Rue went on to comment that they will "always stand up for law‑abiding hunters from every region." He also indicated that further reforms might be on the way, saying they will "continue to take action to reduce needless red tape" for law‑abiding firearms owners.


Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this is the case.


Media Lies (Gasp!)


Speaking of Minister Blaney, Global News reporter (and useful idiot)  Patrick Cain recently reported that the RCMP invited Blaney to a briefing on gun control at a police range in Ottawa in late September 2013, at which they seemed to be nudging him toward stricter rules on some types of firearms (read semi-automatic “assault weapons”). Blaney's office wouldn't comment on the meeting but it turned out that the entire story was all smoke and no fire.  Blaney never attended the meeting,  never went to the shooting range and has not  publicized any plans to acquiesce to the Mounties' requests.


I guess if there isn’t any news to report, third rate outfits like Global just invent their own and don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.



What To Hunt

We recently came across an excellent website for those of you who hunt and want a quick summary of what is in season and where.  All you need to do is go to the website, enter the date you want to hunt and the WMU (Wildlife Management Unit i.e. the area you are located in), press “Submit” and you get a list of what is in season there at that time.


Currently the website only lists Ontario but there are plans to expand it to other provinces as well. Check it out at:




CSSA Annual General Meeting

The Canadian Shooting Sports Association is holding it’s Annual General Meeting this year in Niagara Falls on Saturday, April 26 at the Fallsview Marriott Hotel.  It is still in the planning stages but in addition to the AGM there will be a “Stick To Your Guns” dinner followed by lots of draws for prizes including guns, hunting and shooting equipment.


More details will follow on our website and in the next newsletter.  Plan to get together with your friends to attend this function and let’s support one of Canada’s best pro-firearm support groups.



Red Fridays


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


2014 Executive


The following people are the Executive of "The Sporting Clubs of Niagara" for 2014 (please save for future reference).

President - Bodo Eichhorn                                           934‑2532

1st Vice-president - Peter Rempel                                 688‑5221

2nd Vice-president - Lorie Hetherington                        295-8364

Secretary - Gerry Gamble                                            685‑4480

Treasurer - Ladi Plut                                                    937‑2163

Gun Show Chairman - John Orth                                 562‑7686

Membership Chairman - Steve Turner                         685‑8826

Executive Directors - Barry Devereux                         Honourary

Sam Arnold                             646‑2242

Vlad Bjel                                 371-1563

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

Bob Lockhart                           358‑8923

Rick McConnery         227-0724

Al McKie                                 682‑7498

Ron Penfound                         934‑0844

Gilbert Pinney                          937‑3579

Al Rostic                                  685‑0996

Ted Valliere                             935‑3893

Jack Warner                             937‑8397




2014 Memberships                                        


If you received a 2014 membership card in this mailing you are NOT a current member of TSCON.

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 laminated wallet-sized printed cards declaring your right to remain silent and ask for a lawyer when you are stopped by the police 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.  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 Meeting Schedule


TSCON meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.  A complete meeting schedule for 2014 is posted on our website.  Newsletters and gun shows will still continue as before.


TSCON Decals and Bumper Stickers


TSCON now has 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.

We also have “Support Our Troops” bumper stickers and “Long Gun Registry Gone, More Bad Gun Laws Next” stickers available for sale for $2.  Get them at the TSCON table at the gun show.


Gun Show Dates


Dates for our 2014 gun shows are as follows:                                       May 2              Sept. 5             Dec. 12


Gun Show Location


Merritton Community Centre, 7 Park Ave., St. Catharines If you want tables for the Feb. 28, 2014 show contact John Orth right away @ 905-562-7686.



Notice to Gun Show Vendors


If you can’t make it to a gun show DO NOT call the Merritton Community Centre unless it is the day of the show after 3:00 PMThere is seldom anyone at the hall to answer the phone and your message WILL NOT BE PASSED ON TO US IN TIME.


If you are going to be late ON THE DAY OF 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.




Walk-Ins With Guns


If you are bringing guns to the gun show to sell we  insist that the following procedure be followed:

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 hope that you will agree with this policy as we must make safety our highest priority.


Walk-Ins With Guns


If you are bringing guns to the gun show to sell we  insist that the following procedure be followed:

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 hope that you will agree with this policy as we must make safety our highest priority.


Classified Ads


For Sale: Thompson Center Triumph muzzle loader, bought new Nov. 2013, 50 cal., speed breech, black composite stock, fibre optic sights, 6 ½ pounds, 42 ½" long, still in original packaging, made in USA, comes with sabots, Triple 7 pellets, primers & cleaning kit, paid $606 for all (receipts to prove), asking $500.  Call Dave 905-562-3164 or email:


For Sale: Lever action hammer locks: The only lock that locks most lever and single hammer guns without damaging the stock or metal.  They fit through the lever, around the wrist and behind the hammer, preventing the hammer from being cocked and the lever from being cycled.  $5.00 each.  Quantities of 3 or more can be shipped at reasonable cost via Canada Post. Call for shipping cost.  Cable locks: 15" cable locks with keys, light or heavy plastic coated cables available, good for pistols, lever rifles and some shotguns, either size $5 ea.

Stevens Model 124C shotgun, 12 ga. manual shotgun, plain barrel, improved choke, brown tenite stock & forend. Manufactured between 1947 & 1952, EX condition $275 Call Lorie 905‑295‑8364


TSCON Inquiries?


General        905-685-4480  Membership 905-685‑8826 Gun Show   905-562‑7686

Mail     TSCON, Box 21047, St. Catharines, ON, L2M 7X2


TSCON Meetings


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

When? 2nd & 4thWednesday  of each month at 7:00 PM Who? Members and non‑  members alike are welcome to attend .


TSCON Web Site

Comments or suggestions?? Call Vlad at 905-371-1563 or John at 905-562-7686


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 905‑685‑8826.


"She's dead.  I would rather she was alive and the carjacker was dead. .... I'm weird"

‑ Ted Nugent




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


Bart Beaucock (Niagara Falls)                                       TSCON T-shirt                  The Sporting Clubs of Niagara

Ron Zupan (Niagara Falls)                                            2014 TSCON membership     The Sporting Clubs of Niagara

Reinhold Nagel (Fort Erie)                                           Pocket Knife                      The Sporting Clubs of Niagara

Rodger Garvie (St. Catharines)                                     Free PAL Test (transferrable) Firearms Education School (John Kellaway)



>>G UN  S HOW<<


Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, 6:00-9:30 pm

Merritton Community Centre, 7 Park Ave.

 St. Catharines




Buy, Sell or Trade, 130+ 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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