Canada Trade and Export Controls Bureau issues update to Canadian firearms importers/exporters

The letter copied below was issued to firearms importers and exporters on May 4, 2018.  The letter includes staffing changes and policy updates. La version français suit.

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I would like to take the opportunity to bring to your attention a number of ongoing developments that may be of interest.

First, I would like to announce that as of April 1, 2018 the Export Controls Division has been re-organized into two new divisions to deliver the government’s intent to further strengthen Canada’s export controls:

·    Export Controls Operations Division(TIE) is responsible for the permit application process, headed by Director, Ed Jager, and supported by the Permits & Enforcement Section managed by Don Neill.  Further changes over the next few months, with some additional personnel will enhance our capacity to administer permits;  and

·    Export Controls Policy Division (TIR), supports Bill C-47 and Canada’s accession to the Arms Trade Treaty, and is responsible for regulatory and policy development and outreach.  The Director is Jocelyn Kinnear, supported by Patrick Liska and Judy Korecky who continue to head the Technical and the Policy/Regulatory Sections respectively, with additional personnel to be added over the next few months.

Application Service Standards

I recognize that we have been hearing concerns from many of our clients with respect to export permit application service standards.   With the resources announced by the Government in Budget 2017, we are taking steps to enhance our capacity to administer applications.  But I would also like to highlight the Export Controls Program Service Standards:

  • The Export Controls Handbook  outlines Global Affairs Canada’s processing service standards of 10 business days for “Open Policy” countries (NATO Allies and close partners); and 40 business days for all other destinations.

The Department’s goal is to meet these timelines for 90% of all applications submitted.  In 2017 this goal was met for 94.5 % of applications.

I would strongly encourage applicants to plan for these service standards, and submit permit applications well in advance of anticipated shipping dates.

More detail is available at Section F.1 of the Export Controls Handbook (available at the website of the Export Controls Division, http://www.international.gc.ca/controls-controles/export-exportation/exp_ctr_handbook-manuel_ctr_exp-p4.aspx?lang=eng#f_1).

Bill C-47: Act to Amend the Export and Import Permits Act

As you may be aware, the Government has introduced legislation to allow Canada to accede to the Arms Trade Treaty.  Bill C-47, An Act to amend the Export and Import Permits Act and the Criminal Code (amendments permitting the accession to the Arms Trade Treaty and other amendments) is currently being considered by Parliament.

Further information on this Bill and the Government’s intent to strengthen export controls may be found at http://www.international.gc.ca/controls-controles/amendments-c-47-modifications.aspx?lang=eng .

Thank you for your continued engagement with the Export Controls program.   Additional information on Canada’s export controls may be found atwww.exportcontrols.gc.ca.   For any questions or assistance, please feel free to contact the the Global Affairs Canada Export Controls reception desk at: TIE.Reception@international.gc.ca,   Telephone at (343) 203-4331.

Wendy Gilmour
Director General
Trade and Export Controls Bureau


 

Le Bureau du contrôle des exportations et des échanges du Canada publie une mise à jour à l'intention des importateurs et des exportateurs d'armes à feu

La lettre ci-dessous a été envoyée aux importateurs et aux exportateurs d'armes à feu le 4 mai 2018. La lettre comprend les changements de personnel et les mises à jour des politiques.

 


J’aimerais profiter de l’occasion pour attirer votre attention sur un certain nombre de développements en cours susceptibles de vous intéresser.

Premièrement, j’aimerais annoncer que depuis le 1er avril 2018, la Direction des contrôles à l’exportation a été scindée en deux nouvelles directions pour donner suite à l’intention du gouvernement de resserrer les contrôles à l’exportation du Canada:

·         La Direction des opérations des contrôles à l’exportation(TIE) est chargée du processus de demande de licence. Elle est dirigée par le directeur, Ed Jager, et appuyée par la section des licences et d’exécution, gérée par Don Neill. D’autres changements seront apportés au cours des prochains mois, dont l’ajout de personnel, ce qui améliorera la capacité d’administration des licences;

·         La Direction des politiques des contrôles à l’exportation (TIR) a pour but d’appuyer le projet de loi C-47 et l’adhésion du Canada au Traité sur le commerce des armes. Elle est chargée de l’élaboration des règlements et des politiques ainsi que de la sensibilisation. La directrice, Jocelyn Kinnear, est appuyée par Patrick Liska et Judy Korecky, qui continuent de diriger respectivement la section technique et la section des politiques et de la réglementation. Au cours des prochains mois, d’autres personnes s’ajouteront à l’effectif.
Application des normes de service

Je reconnais que bon nombre de nos clients nous ont fait part de leurs préoccupations au sujet des normes de service relatives aux demandes de licences d’exportation. Avec les ressources annoncées par le gouvernement dans le budget 2017, nous prenons des mesures afin d’améliorer notre capacité de gestion des demandes de licence. Je voudrais toutefois souligner les normes de service du programme des contrôles à l’exportation :

Le Manuel des contrôles à l’exportation décrit les normes de service de traitement d’Affaires mondiales Canada, soit 10 jours ouvrables pour les pays à politique ouverte (alliés de l’OTAN et partenaires proches) et 40 jours ouvrables pour toutes les autres destinations. L’objectif du Ministère est de respecter ces délais dans 90 % des demandes présentées. En 2017, cet objectif a été atteint dans 94,5 % des demandes.

J’encourage vivement les demandeurs à planifier en fonction de ces normes de service et à présenter leur demande de licence bien avant les dates d’expédition prévues.
Vous trouverez plus de précisions à la section F.1 du Manuel des contrôles à l’exportation (disponible sur le site Web de la Direction des contrôles à l’exportation, auhttp://www.international.gc.ca/controls-controles/export-exportation/exp_ctr_handbook-manuel_ctr_exp-p4.aspx?lang=fra).

Projet de loi C-47 : Loi modifiant la Loi sur les licences d’exportation et d’importation 

Comme vous le savez peut-être, le gouvernement a déposé un projet de loi pour permettre au Canada d’adhérer au Traité sur le commerce des armes. Le projet de loi C-47,Loi modifiant la Loi sur les licences d’exportation et d’importation et le Code criminel (modification permettant l’adhésion au Traité sur le commerce des armes et autres modifications) est en cours d’examen par le Parlement. Pour de plus amples renseignements sur ce projet de loi et sur l’intention du gouvernement de renforcer les contrôles à l’exportation, consultez http://www.international.gc.ca/controls-controles/amendments-c-47-modifications.aspx?lang=fra .

Je vous remercie de votre engagement continu avec le programme des contrôles à l’exportation. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les contrôles à l’exportation du Canada, consultez le site http://www.international.gc.ca/controls-controles/index.aspx?lang=fra . Pour toute question ou pour obtenir de l’aide, veuillez communiquer avec la réception de la Direction des contrôles à l’exportation d’Affaires mondiales Canada par courriel : TIE.Reception@international.gc.ca, ou par téléphone : 343-203-4331.

Wendy Gilmour
Directrice générale
Direction générale de la réglementation commerciale

Ontario CFO on track to reduce backlog of restricted transfer requests

OPP Sgt. Wayne Johnson at the Ontario Chief Firearms Office confirmed yesterday the office has made significant progress reducing the backlog of restricted transfer requests from dealers, reducing the backlog from 3,300 just three weeks ago to approximately 700 at the end of the day yesterday.  The office processed nearly 1400 transfers yesterday alone.

The improvement comes after receiving a letter of complaint from the Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA) on behalf of Ontario retailers.  The CFO implemented a plan that included one day a week of "all hands" assigned to processing transfer requests.  Now, all CFO staff are trained and able to process transfers.  Sgt. Johnson said the practice will remain in effect when demand increases in order to avoid future backlogs.

Sgt. Johnson explained that volume has risen dramatically over the past year; the office regularly receives between 150 and 300 transfer requests per day and more on weekends.  Staff frequently come in Monday morning to find more than 500 new requests have come in over the weekend.  In an earlier conversation, Johnson explained that the office used to staff up on weekends to keep the backlog at bay, but a lack of budget support for the department has meant less funding for overtime or increased staffing.

The CSAAA will be meeting with the new Ontario Chief Firearms Officer OPP Superintendent Dwight Peer, Sgt. Johnson and other key members of the CFO staff to improve dialogue between the department and the firearms business community.

For more information, contact:
Alison de Groot
Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA)
info.csaaa@gmail.com
705-875-2302

CSAAA Dealer Training Day 2018 cancelled

New expanded program being considered for 2019

Due to the unexpected unavailability of the the Stittsville Shooting Ranges, the CSAAA 2018 Dealer Training Day event has been cancelled.  Linda Conley, one of the event founders and longtime sponsors, a current CSAAA Board Member, and owner of the Stittsville Ranges has regretfully had to limit the number of large events at the ranges this year and the venue was not available.  Conley hopes to host the event again in the future once this issue has been addressed.

Due to the timing of the announcement, the CSAAA Board of Directors opted to cancel this year's event and take the opportunity to revisit the event's format and reach with the goal of expanding participation by dealers and creating more value for exhibitors.  Options for 2019 include adding regional events in key provinces, reducing exhibitor costs and adding a public component.

Dealer and exhibitor enthusiasm for this event remains strong and the CSAAA hopes to bring the event back in 2019 in a bigger and better way.  Dealers who attend the event regularly say it's one of the few opportunities they have to get hands on experience with the firearms they are selling in their stores.  Those who have brought staff to Dealer Training Day say their sales improve when staff have first hand knowledge and experience.

The CSAAA is planning to engage both dealers and suppliers in the re-planning of Dealer Training Day and encourages members to share their ideas and suggestions for improving and growing the event.

For more information, or to provide your feedback contact:
Alison de Groot, Managing Director
info.csaaa@gmail.com
1-705-875-2302

Ontario CFO puts plan in place to reduce transfer wait times

Good news for Ontario firearms retailers! The Ontario Chief Firearms Office has confirmed the office has taken steps to address the backlog of transfers for restricted purchases.

After receiving numerous reports from Ontario retailers that delays in the processing of transfer requests were resulting in up to 25% cancellations of purchases, the CSAAA wrote the Ontario CFO asking for concrete action to stop the revenue losses. The CSAAA's letter was tabled at a management meeting last week and on Friday, a spokesperson for the CFO confirmed an action plan is now being implemented.

Starting on Thursday, April 19, the CFO will essentially shut down all other services and put "all hands" on the job of processing transfers. The "all-day, all-hands" initiative will continue for one day per week until the backlog is cleared.

The office confirmed they are struggling with budget and staffing issues resulting from an operating budget that hasn't increased in 10 years.

While the CSAAA expressed appreciation for the response to the current transfer issue; we have ongoing concerns about the CFO's ability to handle the additional duties that will fall to the service if Bill C-71 is passed as written. It's not clear at this point if any of the $325M in funding announced by the Liberal Government to fight gangs and gun crime will be going to the Provincial CFOs despite the fact that they will have increased demands under the proposed legislation.

For more information, contact:
info.csaaa@gmail.com
795-875-2302

CSAAA supports deferral of Firearms Marking Regulation

PETERBOROUGH, ON, May 19, 2017 / CSAAA/ - The Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA) applauds the Government’s decision to defer the implementation of the Canadian Firearms Marking Regulation until more work is done on its content.

The CSAAA represents Canadian small business owners in the firearms sector including importers, distributors, wholesalers and outdoor retailers from across the country. While CSAAA members strongly support any initiative that targets illegal firearms sales and trade, the association had concerns about the now 13-year-old wording in the Canadian Firearms Regulation. The dated version does not take into account current industry practices and technologies that allow businesses to provide instant and accurate tracking of imported and exported firearms using information already marked on the firearm, specifically the make and serial number.

The association urged the Minister of Public Safety to consider re-drafting Canada’s marking regulation to reflect these more modern practices, requiring all firearms imported into or exported from Canada to have the make and a unique serial number marked on them. The current version of the outdated regulation requires a new non-unique marking that would dramatically increase the cost of imported firearms, cause safety concerns and possibly increase demand for black market firearms in Canada without adding anything to the traceability of the firearm.

“As business owners, we have a vested interest in working with the government and global community to stop the illegal sale of firearms,” said Wes Winkel, President of the Board of Directors of the CSAAA and owner of a firearms retail business. “We want all firearms sales to be conducted through a legitimate Canadian retailer operating within the regulatory environment. It’s safer for the Canadian public, and better for business.”

Winkel said the CSAAA supports the government’s decision to defer the marking regulation and has committed to working with the government toward a re-drafted version that achieves the goals outlined in the UN Firearms Protocol, the impetus for the Canadian regulation, but does not punish legitimate Canadian firearms business owners.

“The vast majority of business owners in the firearms sector are small businesses,” Winkel added. “Many of them are located in smaller, rural or northern communities where they are key employers and key contributors to their local economies. We don’t want an outdated regulation to result in unnecessary cost burdens that cause the loss of these businesses and jobs in their communities.”

 

For more information, contact:

Alison de Groot, Managing Director

info.csaaa@gmail.com

705-875-2302

 

More dealers needed for legal action against 10/22 magazine re-classification

The Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA), representing firearms business owners, has joined with the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA), representing recreational firearms owners, to empower legal action against the recent decision by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Firearms Program to prohibit several brands of imported 10/22 enhanced capacity rifle magazines.

The CSAAA and CSSA Boards of Directors voted late last week to raise and contribute funding to a legal defence fund to make this legal action possible.

The action will be conducted by noted firearms lawyer Edward L. Burlew, L.L.B. , General Counsel for the CSSA.

Mr. Burlew states, "This recent, sudden reversal deprives legal firearms owners of their property rights and attacks their freedom.  The RCMP has a duty to every Canadian to act fairly and consistently. The recent decision to reverse position on Ruger 10/22 magazines holding over 10 cartridges is a deliberate move to cause serious worry to hundreds of thousands of Canadians, licenced firearms dealers and importers."

Burlew adds, " A Federal Court Class Action on behalf of all persons, individuals, dealers and distributors who now possess cartridge magazines to fit the Ruger 10/22 that can contain more than 10 cartridges will be commenced.  The purpose of the action is to seek a judgement that these magazines are not prohibited, to declare the magazine capacity restrictions void as unconstitutional or in the alternative to force a buy-back of each at full retail value. A claim for the intentional infliction of mental distress due to the fear of police action and criminal charges will be included."

At this time, due to the controversy, importers, dealers and individual owners are advised to stop sales and transfers of all 10/22 high capacity (over 10 rounds) rifle magazines. Businesses are cautioned not to attempt to “pin” magazines unless their license specifically authorizes work on prohibited magazines.

Individuals are advised not to use, transfer, dispose of, alter or modify, or transport these magazines at this time.

We are advising against businesses or their customers surrendering or returning these magazines to anyone at this time.

FROM BUSINESS OWNERS WE NEED:

  • A communication informing us of your willingness to participate in a class action lawsuit;

  • Brands and models of 10/22 +10 round capacity magazines currently in inventory and the value of the inventory;

  • Digital copies of any product packaging, manufacturers’ or distributors’ product sales information, product press releases you may possess;

  • Any information, actions or comments by your Chief Firearms Officer, Inspectors, RCMP or any other law enforcement agency.

Business owners interested in joining the class action, are asked to email the above information to the CSAAA at csaaa.legalaction@gmail.com  For more information call the CSAAA at 705-875-2302.

THERE IS NO COST TO DEALERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS LEGAL ACTION.  However, donations to the CSAAA are welcome.  Donations can be made at www.csaaa.org/donate.

CSAAA Position Statement on Canada’s Firearms Marking Regulation

Canada’s robust firearms import/export regulations already comply with the recommendations of the UN Firearms Protocol – the Criminal Code Firearms Marking Regulation goes too far.

On June 1st, 2017 Canada’s Criminal Code Firearms Marking Regulation, passed into law in 2004, will come into force. The Firearms Marking Regulation is the Canadian Government’s interpretation of the recommendations contained in the UN Firearms Protocol, which Canada signed in 2001.

The goal of the UN Firearms Protocol is laudable – preventing shipments of small arms from illegally ending up in conflict zones around the world – one which Canada’s sporting arms industry supports. However, it is our position that Canada’s Firearms Marking Regulation is both unnecessary and deeply flawed. The Coming-into-Force of this regulation as written will cause catastrophic damage to thousands of licenced and lawful Canadian small businesses operating in the shooting sports sector.

READ THE FULL POSITION STATEMENT HERE:
CSAAA Position Statement on Canada's Firearms Marking Regulation

It is the position of the CSAAA that Canada’s Firearms Marking Regulations adds nothing to Canada’s already robust import/export regulation nor would post import marking add anything to ability of domestic or foreign law enforcement authorities to trace firearms entering or leaving the country. All firearms imported into to Canada or exported from Canada can be easily tracked through the import/export process by virtue of their unique serial number.

More importantly the Firearms Marking Regulations jeopardize a small business community at a time when our domestic economy is already vulnerable and should be the government’s top priority. The loss of these businesses/employers would mostly affect smaller, rural and northern communities – all of which the government have said are key areas of focus and investment.

The CSAAA, along with its industry partner, the CSSA, remain strongly opposed to the implementation of the Firearms Marking Regulations and respectfully request an opportunity to continue discussions of this issue with the office of the Minister of Public Safety at the Minister’s very earliest convenience.

Submitted by the CSAAA Firearms Marking Committee

Spyros Chrysochou, General Manager, Stoeger Canada (Chairperson), CSAAA Member
Mark Clifford, Regional Sales Representative, Korth Group, CSAAA Board of Directors
Steve Clouthier, Sales Manager National Accounts, VISTA Outdoor, CSAAA Board of Directors
Steve Dorey, Vice President Sales Canada, Big Rock Sports, CSAAA Member
Sean Hansen, President Freedom Ventures, CSAAA Member
John Hipwell, President, Wolverine Supplies, CSAAA Member
Hugo Laliberté, Senior Vice President, Gravel Agency, CSAAA Member
Daniel Legault, General Manager, Browning Canada, CSAAA Member
Scott Pulvermacher, Senior Product Merchant Hunting/Firearms, Wholesale Sports, CSAAA Member
Wes Winkel, President Ellwood Epps Sporting Goods, President CSAAA Board of Directors

For more information contact:
Alison de Groot
Managing Director
705-875-2302
info.csaaa@gmail.com

or

Tony Bernardo
Director Government Relations
905-571-2150
abernardo343@rogers.com

 

CSAAA and Team CSSA join to enable legal action against 10/22 magazine re-classification

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - JULY 28, 2016

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO - The Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA), representing firearms business owners, has joined with the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA), representing recreational firearms owners, to empower legal action against the recent decision by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Firearms Program to prohibit several brands of imported 10/22 extended capacity rifle magazines.

The CSAAA and CSSA Boards of Directors voted late last week to raise and contribute funding to a legal defence fund to make this legal action possible.

The action will be conducted by noted firearms lawyer Edward L. Burlew, L.L.B. , General Counsel for the CSSA.

Mr. Burlew states, "This recent, sudden reversal deprives legal firearms owners of their property rights and attacks their freedom.  The RCMP has a duty to every Canadian to act fairly and consistently. The recent decision to reverse position on Ruger 10/22 magazines holding over 10 cartridges is a deliberate move to cause serious worry to hundreds of thousands of Canadians, licenced firearms dealers and importers."

Burlew adds, " A Federal Court Class Action on behalf of all persons, individuals, dealers and distributors who now possess cartridge magazines to fit the Ruger 10/22 that can contain more than 10 cartridges will be commenced.  The purpose of the action is to seek a judgement that these magazines are not prohibited, to declare the magazine capacity restrictions void as unconstitutional or in the alternative to force a buy-back of each at full retail value. A claim for the intentional infliction of mental distress due to the fear of police action and criminal charges will be included."

At this time, due to the controversy, importers, dealers and individual owners are advised to stop sales and transfers of all 10/22 extended capacity (over 10 rounds) rifle magazines. Businesses are cautioned not to attempt to “pin” magazines unless their license specifically authorizes work on prohibited magazines.

Individuals are advised not to use, transfer, dispose of, alter or modify, or transport these magazines at this time.

We are advising against businesses or their customers surrendering or returning these magazines to anyone at this time.

FROM FIREARMS BUSINESS OWNERS WE NEED:

  • A communication informing us of your willingness to participate in a class action lawsuit;
  • Brands and models of 10/22 +10 round capacity magazines currently in inventory and the value of the inventory;
  • Digital copies of any product packaging, manufacturers’ or distributors’ product sales information, product press releases you may possess;
  • Any information, actions or comments by your Chief Firearms Officer, Inspectors, RCMP or any other law enforcement agency.

Business owners interested in joining the class action, are asked to email the above information to the CSAAA at info.csaaa@gmail.com.  For more information call the CSAAA at 705-875-2302.

If you are the consumer owner of one of these magazines your participation in the action is very much desired.   THERE IS NO FEE FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION BUT DONATIONS TO THE ACTION ARE WELCOME.

FROM CONSUMER OWNERS WE NEED:

  • A communication informing us of your willingness to participate in a class action lawsuit;
  • Brands and models of 10/22 +10 round capacity magazines currently in inventory and the value of the inventory;
  • Digital copies of product packaging, manufacturers’ or distributors’ product sales information, product press releases;
  • Any information, actions or comments by your Chief Firearms Officer, Inspectors, RCMP or any other law enforcement agency.

Consumer owners interested in joining the class action, are asked to email the above information to the CSSA at classaction@cssa-cila.org. For more information call the CSSA at 905-571-2150.

CSAAA Update: 10/22 High Capacity Magazines

As a result of the current controversy, the CSAAA advises Canadian distributors, wholesalers and dealers with current inventories of any 10/22 high capacity magazines (any magazine not limited to 10 rounds) to cease the trade or transport of these products, now considered prohibited by the R.C.M.P., until further advised.
 
Retailers should remove the product from store shelves and websites and store safely. We do not recommend destroying, returning or "turning in" these products to anyone at this time until further clarification is received.
 
Retailers are advised to tell their customers who currently own any of these magazines not to transfer, trade, or "turn in" these magazines at this time. Nor should they attempt to modify or "pin" the magazines themselves. Consumers should keep the products safely stored in its current location and await further clarification from the national office of the R.C.M.P. Firearms Program. Not all local CFOs or Law Enforcement offices have been informed of this change nor to they have specific instructions on what businesses or consumers are to do. The CSAAA advises businesses to wait for specific, published information from the R.C.M.P. Firearms Program.