SASKATOON, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - The Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners
Association (CUFOA) is extremely disappointed with the private bill
Conservative MP Garry Breitkreuz introduced to amend the Firearms Act and the
related Criminal Code provisions.
"Some small improvements can be found in Mr. Breitkreuz's Bill 301, but
these adjustments pale in comparison with the bill's shortcomings," said CUFOA
spokesman Al Muir from his home in Stellarton, Nova Scotia.
"The most significant flaw with this proposal," Muir continued, "is that
it does not question the largest and most unjust part of the Firearms Act,
that is, personal licensing. This is the part of the law that has been
responsible for most of the cost overruns."
"The worst part of the 1995 law adopted by the Liberals," claims Mr.
Muir, "is not the so-called gun registry, but the people registry. And Mr.
Harper and the Conservatives seemed to have swallowed it completely."
CUFOA has consistently argued that only a return to the equally effective
but much less expensive Firearm Acquisition Certificate (FAC) created in 1977
would be acceptable.
"Private member bills like Mr. Breitkreuz's are unlikey to become law
anyway," explains Al Muir, "so CUFOA has serious concerns about the sincerity
of the Conservative Party about terminating any adverse effects the Firearms
Act on hunters, farmers, sport shooters, and self-defence."
CUFOA fears that although well-intentioned, Mr. Breitkreuz is doing the
Conservative Party's dirty job of entrenching the 1995 Liberal law.
Based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CUFOA is a national association of
civil disobedience to the Firearms Act and its related Criminal Code
For further information:
For further information: Al Muir, Nova Scotia: (902) 752-7877; Yvon
Dionne, Quebec: (418) 598-3630; Kingsley Beattie, Ontario: (613) 523-6604