Recreational Firearms Community
of Saskatchewan
Greg Illerbrun-Bringing You The Facts
June - 2004

Greg Illerbrun, RFCSask Chairmam

Well, the election is finally here and once again we have the Liberals trying to deceive the Canadian public and the taxpayers into believing that everything is just fine as far as gun control goes and they have it all looked after.


The infamous Paul Martin review of the firearms act has been completed for approximately six weeks and many trial balloons were being set up over the same period as to what they were planning to do. At the end of the day, the great cure was to reduce new registration fees and transfer fees to zero. They also said that they would cap the expenditures to 25 million a year starting next year after the election is over. When the review was started, Paul Martin promised to address the “irritants”, he has failed miserably. To add insult to injury, they have stated emphatically that there would be no refunds to those who paid to register. The message here is that all those individuals who have not registered can do so now for free, which in fact rewards those folks for ignoring the law and those that complied will have to pay for being good honest citizens.

The notion that they can somehow cap expenses at $25 million is nothing more than an election gimmick. Remember the Hession Report or the last review, resulted in the passage of Bill C-10 which was supposed to address all of the issues. Well, that was over a year ago and they still don’t have any regulations in place to administer it. The new Finance Minister, Ralph Goodale, has committed $113 million to gun control for this year, so obviously they are still using the same number crunchers who said the whole program was only going to cost $2 million.

We now have reliable information that the Liberals intend to go after handloading if they are reelected. Handloading will only be allowed in detached dwellings, which cannot be closer than 15 meters of a neighboring dwelling, effectively prohibiting handloading in all urban municipalities.

I think that it is time that everyone took a step back and looked at the big picture:

The Liberals knew in 1996 that the gun registry would not work. Their own report warned:
  1. that the costs would exceed cabinet approved estimates
  2. that timelines were unrealistic
  3. that revenue projections were unrealistic
  4. that provincial governments would dissent
  5. that aboriginal communities would not comply
  6. that the private-sector technological capability wasn’t available to administer the program

In spite of all this info at their fingertips, they moved forward. Why? Because it is not about a culture of safety, it’s about social reengineering Canada to a gun-free zone and to accomplish this they need to know where every gun is. That is why they are baiting those that never registered with free registration. It is also why they never make any changes to legislation after every review.

You should also know that the NDP leader, Jack Layton, advocated that all guns should be locked in safe houses when he was on Toronto City Council.

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