Photo of Guy Lahaye at Firearms Roundtable

Photo Credit Matt Preprost Alaska Highway News

In the wake of new federal firearms legislation, Bill C-71, NPRGC president Guy Lahaye participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer on April 20.

Full story.

Don’t forget to send you letters on Bill C-71 to Minister Goodale. 

Canada’s Liberal Party has introduced a bill to amend acts and regulations related to firearms with the goal of making the pubic more safe and to get firearms out of the hands of gang members and other criminals, thus reducing crime and gun violence. What the legislation actually does is impact law-abiding licensed gun owners while doing nothing to address crime and gun violence. If enacted, the new bill will:

  • Require that anyone selling a non-restricted firearm call the Registrar of Firearms with the purchaser’s firearms licence information and obtain a reference number that will be associated with the sale.
  • Require businesses that sell firearms to log specific information about the sale of a non-restricted firearm for a minimum of 20 years.
  • Require a separate short term authorization to transport a restricted firearm to a gunsmith or gun show.
  • Put the control of classifying firearms back into the hands of the RCMP.

The Federal government has also consented to providing Quebec with a copy of the old firearms registry should Quebec ask for it.

Full text of Bill C-71

Status of the bill and debate.

What can you do?

Sign the petition against bill C-71

Send a letter to the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. (cc MP Bob Zimmer)

The Honourable Ralph Goodale

House of Commons Ottawa, ON

K1A 0A6

Example letter

You can use the letter as is, edit it to suit your needs, or write a new letter of your own — in any case, make sure you let Minister Goodale know how you feel. Your self-addressed envelope does not require a postage stamp.


In 65 days the Canadian Firearms Marking Regulations will come into effect.

The regulations, as currently drafted, will have a negative impact on Canadians who rely on hunting to feed their families and sports shooters, by significantly increasing the cost of firearms and reducing choice. It is also likely that it will have a disastrous impact on the Canadian firearms industry and result in the loss of jobs. It could also hurt trading relationships with other countries.

The BC Wildlife Federation has written several letters to the Minister of Public Safety (see attachment – Ltr to Hon R Goodale) expressing our concerns regarding the regulation as drafted, and supporting the solution proposed by the Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA)  (See attachment – Proposed Change.)

It is now time for all members to get directly involved by writing to the Minister of Public Safety, with a carbon copy to your local Member of Parliament, requesting that the regulation be amended.

Please see the draft letter attached. (RSSCL V2).   All you need to do is add your name and address to the top, a cc to your local MP at the bottom, print and mail (note, postage is not required to mail to MPs).

Please send a physical letter as they have more impact than emails or petitions.

Remember this regulation will effect ANYONE who buys imported firearms, it doesn’t just apply to any one group.  As firearms owners we need to stand together!  United we stand, divided we fall!

Please forward this email and attachments to any and all shooters that you know who would be willing to take a few minutes and send a letter, and take a minute to do it yourself.

The time for action is now.

Vic Skaarup


BCWF Recreational Sports Shooting Committee

03 13 17 Ltr to Hon R Goodale re Recommended Solution to Concerns UN Firearm Marking Scheme

Proposed Change to CDN Firearms Marking Regulations

Letter to Minister March 2017 (this is the letter for you to sign and mail in)

Here is a link to a petition to Justin Trudeau to leave the firearms laws alone. The more signatures we get the more likely we are to have some success! If you agree with this, Please pass this on and share to others.