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 The current version of the outdated regulation requires a new non-unique marking that would dramatically increase the cost of imported firearms, cause safety concerns and possibly increase demand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.

CSAAA UPDATE: 10/22 High Capacity Magazines

The following response from the Canadian Firearms Program is being sent out in response to inquiries about the classification of 10/22 magazines. It's clear from the response there has been no new bulletin issued, but rather the R.C.M.P. is stating this is merely an implementation/enforcement of Bulletin No. 72 issued in March, 2011 and modified in September, 2013 .
 
The R.C.M.P is claiming that Bulletin No. 72 makes clear that all 10/22 magazines can be used in either a rifle or pistol and therefore must be modified to limit it to 10 rounds regardless of the intention of the manufacturer or importer. This, despite the fact that the regulation reads:
 
"Magazines designed to contain rimfire cartridges and designed or manufactured for use in a rifle do not have a regulated capacity."
In Canada, it's clear the magazines are being manufactured, imported and marketed in Canada for use in rifles, and therefore not subject to the 10-round limit for pistols. In its response below the R.C.M.P. states:
 
"Whether the magazine is intended by the importer to be used in a rifle is not relevant to the classification determination."
 
The Board of Directors of the CSAAA are meeting today to explore action. Please stand by for updates.
 
RESPONSE FROM THE FIREARMS PROGRAM

CSAAA forms UN Firearms Protocol Committee to fight new import marking regulations

New marking regulations are set to come into effect in less than 12 months if nothing is done; costs and business delays will damage the $386 Million firearms import industry in Canada, affecting thousands of small businesses.

June 23, 2016, Peterborough, Ontario – In less than 12 months, June 1st, 2017, new gun-marking regulations required for Canada to comply with United Nations Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition, or Firearms Protocol as it’s known, and the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, are set to come into effect in Canada.  Canada is a signatory to both treaties, but has yet to ratify either.

These new regulations will have a significant economic impact on the shooting sports industry in Canada.  They would require Canadian importers to imprint the final two numbers of the year the firearms were made — “16” for 2016, for instance — and the letters “CA” for Canada on the receivers of all firearms after the firearms have been imported into the country.  Importers would have only 60 days after clearing customs to have the imported firearms marked and would not be able to transfer them to Canadian retailers or individual purchasers until they have been marked.

The UN Firearms Protocol was adopted on 31 May 2001 by General Assembly Resolution 55/255 and entered into force on 3 July 2005 (UNGA, 2001c). For states that have ratified or otherwise formally expressed their consent to be bound by it, the Firearms Protocol is legally binding.

The United States, Israel, Russia, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Syria, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen – all either significant manufacturing, importing countries or conflict areas – are not even signatories to the Protocol at all. Of the signatories, Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, the UK and Northern Ireland (among others) have not ratified the Protocol. Current Status of Ratification

Under previous governments here in Canada, implementation of some of the Protocol’s regulatory requirements have been repeatedly deferred following extensive consultation with the shooting sports industry and other stakeholders and, as a result, the treaty has not been ratified.  However, with no further intervention by the current government, the regulations will automatically come into force on June 1st 2017.

The Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA), representing Canadian sporting arms manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers, continues to oppose implementation of these regulations.  We are current working on opening dialogue with the new government to provide information and background on this issue specifically.  The CSAAA has formed a special UN Firearms Protocol Working Committee that is actively engaged on several fronts.

The CSAAA continues to maintain the following with respect to the UN Firearms Protocol in general and the Canadian UN Firearms Protocol regulations:

  1. Without the participation of the major manufacturing, importing, exporting and conflict zone countries, the premise of the Protocol is moot.
  2. The basic premise of the Protocol is for countries to set up strong domestic regulations governing the importation and transfer of small arms. Canada already has a strong regulatory environment governing importers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers.
  3. The addition of a Country Code and year of importation on a firearm does nothing to improve the ability of law enforcement to track the ownership or origin of a firearm over what is already possible with the manufacturer’s mark and serial number.  All firearms imported into Canada must have a manufacturer’s identification and a unique serial number.
  4. The cost and logistics of marking a firearm following importation is significant and will have a detrimental effect on the sporting arms industry in Canada.  The trade value of non-military firearms imports into Canada in relevant consumer categories is $386 Million CAN.  That trade feeds more than 4,641 licenced firearms businesses in Canada employing thousands of Canadians.  These businesses are typically private, independent small to medium size companies providing local employment in small communities.

These are just a few of the major reasons the CSAAA will continue to work on behalf of the industry to engage the Government of Canada on this issue.

Here’s what you, as a Canadian shooting sports business owner, can do to help our cause:

  1. Become a member of the CSAAA.  The more businesses we represent, the louder our voice in Ottawa. Get your membership application here.
  2. Get informed.  We are currently building a resource website with all the background information, progress reports, calls to action and updated news.  Sign up today to receive email notifications on this issue. Sign me up. 
  3. Talk to your Member of Parliament.  Find out if he/she knows about this issue and if they would like to receive more information.  We’ll be happy to work with you to have a conversation with your local MP. Find my MP. 

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

New business insurance options available for CSAAA members

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The package includes coverage for firearms, all related accessories and gunsmith operations as well as hunting, fishing and outdoor related equipment and accessories. Additionally, the program provides coverage for shooting and archery ranges (indoor and outdoor) among other features.

For more information, please call Todd Sprague at 1-800-263-1552 or email:tsprague@hwcinsurance.ca

Todd Sprague CAIB, Principal Broker/Owner
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Tel:  226-667-4921 / Toll Free: 800-263-1552

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CSAAA AGM scheduled for June 6th, nominations to the Board of Directors due by May 18th

June 6th, 2016
Welcome Reception: 4:45 PM; Meeting: 5:30 PM
Holiday Inn Kanata
101 Kanata Avenue,
Kanata, ON K2T 1E6

Members of the CSAAA are advised that the Annual General Meeting will be held in Kanata, ON on the evening of June 6th, 2016.

All current members in good standing as of noon, June 6th, 2016 are invited and encouraged to attend. A welcome reception, featuring light appetizers and bar, will be held at 4:45 PM; the meeting to begin promptly at 5:30 PM.

Board Elections
Elections will be held for four members of the Board of Directors (one third of the Board).  The following Board Members will stand for their current positions in addition to nominees received on or before 5PM, Wednesday, May 18th, 2016.  Nominations can be submitted by completing the form below.  Self-nominations as well as nominations of others are welcome.  Nominations of others are subject to confirmation by the individual nominated.

CLICK HERE FOR A NOMINATION FORM

Board members up for re-election:
Craig McNab, Shooter's Choice
Tyler Cuppy, Drake Sales
Chris Youngson, CanadaAmmo.com (Disco-Tech Industries)
Chris Weidenfelder, Outdoor Escape Sales

Please RSVP to info.csaaa@gmail.com
For more information, contact:
Alison de Groot, Managing Director
1-705-875-2302

Holiday Inn Kanata

We are pleased to announce our new partner hotel for the CSAAA 2016 AGM, the Holiday Inn Kanata.  A special room rate of $$169.95 is available to CSAAA members.  Reservations must be made by Monday, May 9th, 2016.  Click on the link below to reserve your room.

CSAAA HOLIDAY INN ONLINE RESERVATIONS