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On December 20th, 2001 an NFA member called the Canadian Firearms Centre
at 1-800-731-4000 and asked for a list of
all firearms owned by him as of that date. He gave the call centre employee his name, license number and postal code.
Much to his surprise, he was told that he did not own any firearms. He explained to the lady that her information was
obviously incorrect, and would she please check again.
She did, with the same results. She then asked for the postal code of
his previous address. He gave her the postal code,
and after a brief wait, the call centre voice replied happily that he owned a total of four firearms, apparently rifles.
Again, our NFA member explained that this was in error, and that she should check again. After yet another wait, she
replied that she could find no other firearms registered to him.
“So, how do I find out the actual list of firearms registered to me,
since you obviously cannot find the correct information?”
“You will have to file an Access To Information Request, sir.”
“Would you please mail me the correct form to use for this request?”
“I am very sorry sir, but I cannot send you the form. We do not have
any. I can tell you the number of the form and where
you should mail it to though.”
And she did. After obtaining
a form from the internet, our NFA member filled it out and mailed
it off. As of February 8,
2002 he is still waiting for a response to that request.
What Every Firearms Owner Should Do
1. Every person who owns one or more firearms, registered or not, should file an access to information request with the
federal government to see exactly what they think he/she owns.
2. Copies of the access to information request should be forwarded
to Canadian Alliance MP Garry Breitkreuz. If/when
you receive a response, a copy of that should also be forwarded to Mr. Breitkreuz. He is the Alliance MP who is
championing the cause of firearms owners. This information can help him bring the insanity of the government’s
firearms registration system to light.
A copy of the form is attached to this letter. Simply fill in the blanks,
and mail it to the Justice Department. Under current
law, they have 30 days to respond to your request. If they have not responded to you within the required time, write them
again, asking for the results if your inquiry.
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