May 1996

THE SPORTING CLUBS OF NIAGARA

"Supporting You and Your Firearm Rights"

Volume 2 No. 2

FEDERAL ELECTION IN 1996 A DISTINCT POSSIBILITY

Just a few days after introducing the new regulations regarding Bill C-68, Alan Rock quickly withdrew them. Why?? The general feeling is that the Liberals are entertaining thoughts of calling an early election to try and retain power before their popularity slips any further. With fiascos like lying about getting rid of the GST, botching of the Quebec situation and forcing through the unpopular gay rights bill, the last thing the Liberals need is to remind millions of Canadian gun owners about their unfair treatment just before an election. There is now even some talk that the new regulations will be stalled until 1997 by which time the Liberals hope they will have been re-elected for another term. Keep up the pressure on them and any time you are speaking or writing to a Liberal MP, remind them that you have not forgotten what they did to you as a law-abiding citizen and will be directing your vote elsewhere.

ONTARIO MAY CHALLENGE C-68

It is possible that the Province of Ontario will join Saskatchewan in a legal challenge to the constitutionality of Bill C-68. While it is a federal bill, the responsibility of enforcement and paying the subsequent costs of police time, etc. falls to the provinces. With the provincial Conservatives in a cost-cutting mode the last thing they need is to have to enforce a law that costs a lot of money and police resources without any accompanying benefits such as a decrease in crime. What can you do? Contact your local MP (especially if they are a Conservative) and urge them to press Solicitor-General Bob Runciman to join in this court challenge. Remember, if the police do not strictly enforce the law because they see it as a low priority the law becomes ineffective. Let your MP and MPP know that you have not forgotten C-68.

ANDY SWECK, HAMILTON BY-ELECTION

In June there is a by-election in Hamilton for the vacant seat left when Sheila Copps had to step down because she lied to her constituents about the Liberals scrapping the GST. The Reform candidate in the riding is Andy Sweck, who spoke at our rally in January 1995 and has been supportive of our position. Those of you who live in this Hamilton riding should seriously consider to supporting Andy in his bid for this seat. Anyone wishing to help in his campaign is welcome at his campaign office (1320 Barton St. E. at Kenilworth) at 10:00 am. any Saturday between now and the election.

GUN SHOW

While the Liberal government tries to portray firearms owners as a small minority of Canadians you couldn't tell by the number of people who turned out to our last gun show. Over 700 firearms enthusiasts showed up to browse through the 90+ tables hunting for bargains. Our next show with more tables and more exhibitors is scheduled for Friday, June 14, 1996 at the CAW Hall. Don't miss out!! See the enclosed flyer for details.

SEA OF GREEN CAMPAIGN

In conjunction with a possible upcoming election, The Sporting Clubs of Niagara has obtained green plastic lawn signs from the National Firearms Association that read "REMEMBER BILL C-68 WHEN YOU VOTE". If you want to be prepared to help boot the Liberals out in the next election we can supply the signs for $1 each (cheaper if you want them in quantity) along with instructions for putting them up. Call any member of the Executive if you are interested.

THE SPORTING CLUBS OF NIAGARA T-SHIRTS

The Sporting Clubs of Niagara has T-shirts made up with our name on the front and "Remember Bill C-68 When You Vote" on the back. The cost is a very reasonable $10 and all proceeds go towards protecting your rights as firearms owners and supporters. These will be available at the gun show. Look for them!!!!

"CANADIAN ACCESS TO FIREARMS" FREE SUBSCRIPTION

In cooperation with The Sporting Clubs of Niagara, "Canadian Access to Firearms" (Canada's largest firearms advertising newspaper) is offering to our members a FREE 3 month subscription to their publication. If you wish to take advantage of this offer please call Gerry Gamble and leave your name and number.

ADDRESS CHANGES/DUPLICATE MAILINGS

Are you moving, receiving duplicate mailings or want your name removed from our mailing list? Please drop us a note at our address or call Gerry Gamle to have the correction made as we wish to keep our mailing list as current as possible.

1996 EXECUTIVE

As a result of elections in April your new executive is a follows:

         President                Jim Finley
         Past President           Ron Penfound
         1st Vice-President       John Gayder
         2nd Vice-President       Dave Miller
         Secretary                Gerry Gamble
         Treasurer & Membership   Ivan Chamberlain
         Directors                Paul Blushak
                                  Barry Devereux (Honourary)
                                  Max Cook
                                  Dennis Dunbar
                                  James Houlden
                                  John Kellaway
                                  Robert Lockhart
                                  Rick McConnery
                                  John Orth
                                  Bill Staff
                                  Bill Wagner
                                  Jack Warner
                                  Shirley Warner

WEEKLY MEETINGS

The Executive of The Sporting Clubs of Niagara meets every Wednesday. These meetings are, however, open to all members and other interested persons. We welcome and encourage you to attend to see what we are doing to protect your rights as firearms owners and supporters and fresh ideas are always appreciated. If you would like to get more seriously involved there are also a limited number of vacant Director positions on the Executive and we always welcome new faces. Come and join us!! To find out the time and location please call any member of the Executive.

HELP US TO HELP YOU

  1. Join The Sporting Clubs of Niagara. For as little as $10 per year (the cost of 1 or 2 boxes of shells) you can join the fight to protect your property and recreational activities.
  2. Encourage your family and friends to join. The more voters we represent the more influential we are with politicians.
  3. Volunteer your assistance. We need people to submit articles, deliver newsletters, organize local rallies, serve on the Executive, etc. To find out how you can assist in any way, please contact any member of the Executive.
  4. Make an extra donation. Advertising, hall rental, postage, etc. all cost money. Any amount you can spare helps in the battle to achieve the goals of the organization.

DON'T GET DISCOURAGED!!!
DON'T REGISTER!!!
DON'T GIVE UP!!!