Recreational Firearms Community
|Greg Illerbrun-Bringing You The Facts|
The level of frustration surrounding Bill C-68 continues to escalate for both sides as we approach the December 31, 2002 registration deadline. Frustration from firearms owners who are still wrestling with the concept of registration and what they should do, compounded by the fact that they can not get through the 1-800-731-4000 CFC information line to order more registration sheets and or get required information.
As a result, I am now hearing that individual firearms owners are making up their own registration sheets on foolscap paper, with the required information, makin g copies and mailing it in. Again, I strongly recommend that you double register your application with the post office. Some folks are also indicating the caliber as .30, not 308, or .27, not 270 Winchester, and are including barrel lengths in thousands of an inch, mms or inches, or a combination there of. I guess this is just another way of venting their frustration.
The CFC is also frustrated as the senate has split Bill C-10 (formerly C-15B and before that C-17) in two, separ ating the firearms issue from the animal cruelty component. Bill C-10 includes amendments that will allow the CFC to go private in the beginning of January and without passage this initiative will be stalled. It also includes the grandfathering clause which grandfathers those owners of prohibited firearms purchased between February 95 and December 98. With Christmas coming and the Auditor Generals report on the costs of Bill C-68 due on December 3, they are no doubt getting a little nervou s there, because as I understand it, there is no more provision to allow anymore extensions in the legislation past December 31, 2002.
As a result, they have announced a "grace period" so that they can deal with the log-jam that is coming. This grace period now gives you the authority to wait until the last day that the post office is open this year to mail in your registration papers via registered mail. However, be aware that this is not an extension, just an amnesty from prosecution for those that have complied by December 31, 2002.
The Feds still have not made a decision on how to deal with the delivery of the CFC course now that SAFE (Saskatchewan Association of Firearms Education) has said that they will not deliver it without funding from the Feds. The delivery of the CFC course is mandatory and it is the responsibility of the Feds to ensure it is delivered. We await their decision and as usual they refuse to work with the firearms community.
Personally, I think that the problems for the CFC will escalate with privatization, but until they are willing to work with the firearms community, all sides will have to try to endure!!
We are still awaiting a decision from the Provincial Government on whether or not they will proceed with the Charter Challenge. I will keep you posted as to the progress we are making in that area.
Also, see the enclosed press release from Iqaluit, Nunavit. The fight is really just beginning and more legal opportunities will arise in the New Year as all the legislation comes into force.
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