01 March 05: Minister of Justice announces that the letter stating his
intent to ban the Ruger Mini-14 was sent in error, and he has no
intention of doing that.
Tuesday, March 1, 2005
New 04 February 05: Minister of Justice planning to Ban Ruger Mini-14 Sporting Rifle. Your immediate action needed!
of the letterstorm: The NFA tells you to write. You write, and
the individual we asked you to write to gets 200 letters.
Politicians count one personal letter as the voice of 500 angry voters,
because so few people actually write -- but they know, from experience,
that the non-writing 499 are angry enough to change the way
they vote. 200 letters? 100,000 lost votes.
Politicians care about votes.
This is a
classic example of the vital need for all firearm owners, National
Firearms Association Members, and non-members alike to work together on
The National Firearms Association has contacted hundreds of firearm clubs across Canada as soon as we got this information.
Every letter counts... do not delay... even if you do not own a Ruger Mini-14 remember that an attack on one single firearm is an attack on all firearms.
suspect, but do not have the evidence yet that any proposed bans may
not be for one single firearm. However the Liberal
government's commitment to ban the Ruger Mini-14 and the Colt AR-15 and
variants is very well known, Here is the HISTORY.
Here is a link to the National Firearms Association article the "AR-15 Complication" -- Worthwhile reading for all firearm owners.
Here is what we received on 04 February 2005:
Justice Minister Cotler announces plan to ban Ruger Mini 14
is a copy of the letter that National Firearms Association President
James Hinter has sent to the Honourable Irwin Cotler MP on 04 February
Hon. Irwin Cotler MP,
Minister of Justice
House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6
afternoon I received a copy of a letter in which you state: “The
Government of Canada is committed to introducing legislation to
prohibit the Ruger Mini-14 at the earliest opportunity during this
session of Parliament.”
The Ruger Mini 14 Ranch Rifle
is a very popular sporting rifle. Sturm Ruger, the manufacturer
describes the rifle for 2005: “Over 18 months of dedicated effort to
totally retool our Mini-14 line has resulted in the most precisely
fitted Ranch Rifles ever offered. In 2005, we are proud to introduce
the new Ruger Ranch Rifle, with a number of important new features.
We’ve changed the look and improved the handling of the Ranch Rifle by
rounding the receiver contours and eliminating sharp edges. We’ve added
a rugged, adjustable “Ghost Ring” aperture rear sight and a protected
blade front sight, ensuring fast, accurate target acquisition. The new
Ranch Rifle is available in either blued or stainless steel with a new
hardwood stock that features a flat, rifle-style recoil pad and sling
swivels. The All-Weather® stainless Ranch Rifle includes stainless
steel components and a checkered synthetic stock with a rubber recoil
pad. Features like integral scope bases, free Ruger scope rings, a
patented recoil buffer and side ejection are still standard on all
Ruger Ranch Rifles”.
farmers and ranchers use the Ruger Mini-14 for predator control. As
well as countless hunters use this firearm extensively across
Canada. Many firearm owners use the Ruger Mini 14 for target
apparent decision to ban this very common sporting and hunting firearm
does not meet your government’s own statements that the criteria for
prohibiting firearms is that they are not suitable for sporting or
this does demonstrate is that the government of Canada has not yet
heard the words of the Auditor General when Ms. Fraser stated: “In
February 2001, the Department told the Government it had wanted to
focus on the minority of firearms owners that posed a high risk while
minimizing the impact on the overwhelming majority of law-abiding
owners. However, the Department concluded that this did not happen.
Rather, it stated that the Program's focus had changed from high-risk
firearms owners to excessive regulation and enforcement of controls
over all owners and their firearms. The Department concluded that, as a
result, the Program had become overly complex and very costly to
deliver, and that it had become difficult for owners to comply with the
“The Department said the excessive regulation had occurred because some of its Program partners believed that
- the use of firearms is in itself a "questionable activity" that required strong controls, and
- there should be a zero-tolerance attitude toward non-compliance with the Firearms Act."
strongly suggest to you that it is time that the Government of Canada
starts to realize that law abiding firearm owners are not the problem.
The only person this ban would affect are the very people who have
already complied with licencing and registration. Many firearm owners
have worried that this program is designed for the long-term
confiscation of their firearms. This move will prove this belief to
millions of firearms owners. This will likely result in less compliance
and great costs to the program.
Your real target should be criminals using guns and other weapons to rob, murder and terrorize Canadians.
have inherited the right to own and use firearms from our founding
cultures. Both the English and French legal traditions recognize the
citizen’s right to own and use firearms. English common law has long
recognized that Englishmen could own firearms for the protection of
themselves and their families.
French historians recognize that while hunting with firearms was
limited to the nobility, peasants had the right to keep firearms in
their home for personal protection.
The individual’s right to firearm ownership in France was considerably
broadened with the coming of the French Revolution in 1789 and the
proclamation of the universal rights of man.
The legitimate use of firearms by Canadians deserves protection.
National Firearms Association request a meeting with you immediately
where we can discuss this issue with you and your officials. The
National Firearms Association has participated in meetings with the
Canada Firearms Centre, and with your fellow cabinet member Albina Guarnieri over the past several years. There has never been any discussions about banning the Ruger Mini 14 rifle.
request copies of all the consultation documents on this subject so
that I may properly prepare for that meeting. I will send your office
material on the Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle.
kinds of decisions should never be made without full consultation or
without proper study. I have enclosed a copy of the National Firearms
Association’s recently published White Paper on Small Arms and Light Weapons for your interest.
I look forward to solving this problem with you and your officials.
James M. Hinter
CC: Prime Minister Paul Martin MP, Deputy Prime Minister Anne Mclellan, William Ruger, Sturm Ruger, Garry Breitkreuz MP, Stephen Harper MP, Jack Layton MP, Auditor General of Canada
Blackstone is typically cited as the primary source for this claim, but
the reader may wish to consult a modern historian such as Joyce
See Duby, Georges. Guerriers et Paysans VIIe - XIIe siecle, Gallimard, Paris, 1973, and Corvisier.Andre. Armees et Societes en Europe de 1494 a 1789, PUF, Paris, 1976.
Now.. what is next...Spreading the word!
government wants to believe you, as a firearms owner, have "fallen
asleep". I know you are ready and willing to work to solve this obvious
and arbitrary move.
Your letters on this issue are vital.
Your copies of your letters to the National Firearms Association, and
to all the firearm groups and provincial wildlife groups you belong to
Follow this link to other organizations. Remember we are all in this together.
Working together, we all need to be able to show that this move is unjustified.
Please write the Minister, I would suggest snail mail and email both.
Please feel free to quote from our letter and add in your personal comments.
We also suggest you also send a letter to the senior civil servant in the Department of Justice:
Mr. Don Piragoff
Senior General Counsel
Criminal Law Policy Section
284 Wellington Street
Telephone: (613) 957-4730
Fax: (613) 941-9310
might want to ask for copies of the studies that have been done that
justify this apparent move. As well ask for statistics on the number of
times that a registered Ruger Mini-14 has been used in a violent crime
by a licenced firearm owner.
Please send a copy of your letter(s) to the National Firearms Association
National Firearms Association
Box 52183, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2T5
letter counts... do not delay... even if you do not own a Ruger
Mini-14, or a Colt AR-15, remember that an attack on one single firearm
is an attack on all firearms.
the government succeed in banning a semi-automatic non-restricted
firearm, then all semi-automatic centrefire rifles and shotguns are are
Thank you for your help!
James M. Hinter