11 October 2012
Hon. Vic Toews, MP
Minister of Public Safety
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Dear Minister Toews:
Subject: Repeal of Criminal Code Sections 91, 92 and necessary amendments
Canada’s National Firearms Association requests that the Conservative government take steps to remove legislative restrictions in the Firearms Act and its related regulations that are unnecessary and have no effect upon public safety. Sections 91 and 92 of the Criminal Code are such sections. The liberal legislation of 1995 made the peaceful simple possession of firearms a crime, with a federal Possession or Possession Acquisition Licence as the defence to a criminal charge. Import export numbers and research by Professors Mauser, Stenning, and Moyer suggests that the numbers of firearms and firearms owners in Canada in peaceful possession of firearms is considerably higher than the numbers of Canadians who hold licenses for firearms possession. Prior to this legal change, persons wishing to obtain firearms had to produce evidence of a police record check called a Firearms Acquisition Certificate. This was not a license to own one’s own property which is the current legal requirement.
Canada’s National Firearms Association strongly recommends the repeal of the requirement to hold a firearms license merely to own one’s own property and that limiting of access be done to those specific individuals who have been convicted of violence. A list of those not allowed to own firearms would be considerably shorter and easier to administer than lists of those allowed to possess these items.
The NFA looks forward to further discussions with the Conservative government as to how to improve Canadian firearm law.
President, Canada’s National Firearms Association