Canada’s National Firearms Association has put out the call to the country’s “responsible firearms owners” to lobby the Harper government not to water down the new gun bill (C-301) designed to scrap the long-gun registry.
Reports began circulating last week that Conservative MP Garry Breitkreuz, who is sponsoring the private member’s bill, was removing all provisions not pertaining to the scrapping of the registry—including changes that would have eased the transport of restricted weapons.
The climbdown comes after the mainstream media jumped on Breitkreuz last week for agreeing to speak at a Canadian Shooting Sports Association event featuring a Beretta PX4 Storm handgun as the door prize.
Not only is the NFA urging gun owners to demand C-301 remain intact, it’s also withdrawing its support for the bill until said changes are reversed.
The bill has already passed first reading in the House of Commons.
In an open letter, the NFA’s Vice-President, Communications, Sean Penney, calls on all gun owners to:
- Politely, but firmly indicate your opposition to any revisions to Bill C-301. Drive home the point that as a voter and responsible firearms owner that you do not want Bill C-301 amended to remove everything but registration and that all the provisions in that bill that support the rights of lawful firearms owners are important to you. If you are a current Conservative Party of Canada member, volunteer or financial contributor say so. I can’t stress this enough!
- Be sure to carbon copy your own Member of Parliament, in addition to the Prime Minister, Public Safety Minister van Loan & MP Garry Breitkreuz.
- Advise your favorite pro-firearms rights organization of the responses that you receive and make sure that the executives of your local gun club, shooting range and fellow hunters, shooters and gun owners are aware of the issue and to get them involved!