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|Greg Illerbrun-Bringing You The Facts|
As most of you are no doubt aware, the conservatives have postponed the UN's gun marking system until December 1, 2009, but you may not be aware that the Canadian Police Association, the Canadian Association of Police Association and the Chiefs of Police have all come out in opposition to scrapping this initiative. You have to wonder who is writing the script for these guys. Apparently, tracking firearms through the registry system is not good enough and now they seem to think that by spending millions more adding another mark to a firearm will somehow help them. If the government goes through with this they had better take the money out of the police budgets!
Home inspections are about to start in Ontario, starting with senior citizens.
The Firearms Act provides for a firearms officer, designated in writing by the Chief Firearms Officer, the authority to conduct inspections in certain circumstances, including where the inspector believes on reasonable grounds that there is a firearms collection, a prohibited firearm or more than 10 firearms. Where the inspection involves a dwelling house, the Firearms Act requires the inspector provide reasonable notice and obtain the occupants consent. The Firearms Act also requires the owner or person in charge of a place to give the inspector reasonable assistance to enable him to carry out the inspection.
The following guidelines will be used in conducting inspections:
- The date and time of the inspection will be at a time agreeable to the owner or occupant.
- The inspector will identify himself to the owner or occupant using a badge and photo identification provided by the Chief Firearms Office.
- All firearms registered to the owner or occupant will be inspected.
- No force will be used in conducting the inspection.
- A receipt will be issued to the firearms owner for any item taken by the inspector during the inspection.
- Where evidence is found of a criminal offence e.g., failing to report a lost or stolen firearm, that evidence will be turned over to the police agency of jurisdiction for their appropriate action.
- Where unregistered prohibited or restricted firearm(s) are found, they may be seized and turned over to the police agency of jurisdiction for their appropriate action.
- The Chief Firearms Office will work with owners to ensure compliance.
This initiative will be fought hard in Ontario, however, if they get their way, you can bet it will come to other jurisdictions. I urge you to contact your MP regarding this blatant violation of your rights.
The Conservative bill to scrap the registry has been introduced into the House, but it is very unlikely it will get any further in this minority government situation. The amnesty regarding the nonregistration of nonrestricted firearms runs out May 16, 2008. If the Tories are serious about scrapping the registry, and I believe they are, they will have to extend that amnesty again.
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