Today, Canada’s National Firearms Association scored a significant victory for Canadian firearms owners.
President Sheldon Clare explained, “A few months ago, the Quebec Chief Firearms Officer, and based upon our observations, other CFOs in Canada, had changed their policy in regards to approving transfers of restricted firearms and 12(6) prohibited firearms. In short, the CFO was no longer accepting a membership in a foreign shooting Club as satisfying the criteria of s. 28 of the Firearms Act. As a result, approval of transfers were being denied or withheld.”
Clare continued, “Upon learning of the Quebec CFO’s change of policy, the NFA provided the services of Guy Lavergne, its Quebec based attorney, to two NFA members who were in that predicament. As members of the Alburg Rod and Gun Club, a club and range located in Vermont, a few kilometers away from the Canadian border, they were being told by the Quebec CFO to either join a Canadian club, or forget about possessing restricted firearms. Through our perseverance and advocacy, we were able to convince the Quebec CFO that its policy was ill founded. Today, the transfers were approved. A dozen or so other individuals who were in the exact same predicament should be similarly helped.”
Clare pointed out, “It’s clear that all RPAL holders who are only members of a foreign gun club were also at risk of eventually seeing their existing registration certificates revoked, and thus have to sell their restricted firearms or 12(6) prohibited firearms upon very short notice. Indeed, a review of the purpose for which one possesses restricted or 12(6) prohibited firearms is triggered upon every firearms licence renewal. That risk is now averted.”
Clare concluded, “Hopefully, other CFOs who had either followed or might be tempted to follow in the footsteps of the Quebec CFO will reconsider their position. If not, the NFA will step in on behalf of Canadian firearms owners as it has done so often.”
Canada’s National Firearms Association is the largest Canadian organization fighting for the rights of Canadian firearms users. NFA is a registered UN NGO with consultative status to ECOSOC.
For more information contact:
Blair Hagen, Executive VP Communications, 604-753-8682 Blair@nfa.ca
Sheldon Clare, President, 250-981-1841 Sheldon@nfa.ca
Canada’s NFA toll-free number – 1-877-818-0393
NFA Website: www.nfa.ca