5th Annual Canadian Reception at SHOT Show

Join us, Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 7 PM, at the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas!

The Canadian Reception at SHOT is moving up, way up!  The Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA) and the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSAA) are pleased to present the 5th annual Canadian Industry Reception at the SHOT Show. This event provides an importing social networking opportunity for Canadian industry professionals attending SHOT Show.

This year's event will be held on the 108th Floor of the Stratosphere Tower, 2000 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, home of the most spectacular view in Las Vegas. There will be plenty of hors d'oeuvres and friendly libations.

Register early as space is limited.  Pre-registration is required.  Sponsorships are also available. Register or sponsor online here: http://conta.cc/2y8lPDj

CSAAA 2018 Trade Show Registration Open

CSAAA 2018: Ottawa - February 11-12 & Calgary - February 18-19

The Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA) National Trade Show is quickly becoming Canada’s SHOT Show. This event features Canada’s leading distributors and wholesalers showcasing the top firearms, ammunition, archery, apparel and accessory brands for the hunting and shooting sports retailer. With Canadian product availability and pricing!

After a number of successful years growing this event in Calgary, Alberta, the CSAAA is pleased to announce we are expanding east in 2018! We are adding an additional event in at the EY Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, February 18-19, 2018.

With 30,000 square feet of exhibit space in Ottawa and 25,000 square feet of space in Calgary, CSAAA 2018 will be the largest dealer-only buying show in Canada.

Mark your calendars for CSAAA 2018 EAST and WEST! Download and complete your exhibitor or dealer attendee registration today!

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CSAAA 2018 Attendee Registration_Calgary

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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




REGISTER TODAY  for Dealer Training Day June 5th, 2017!

Advance registration is now open for CSAAA Dealer Training Day on June 5th! Canadian sporting arms dealers are invited to join the CSAAA on June 5th, 2017, 9AM-4PM, Stittsville Shooting Ranges, Stittsville, Ontario, for a day of hands-on experiences on the ranges with Canada’s leading manufacturers and distributors of the world’s best firearm, ammunition and archery brands. Experience the latest models in person, bring your staff for one-on-one training with brand representatives. Your day includes lunch, all-day coffee station, bottled water.




Industry Reception & CSAAA AGM 

Following a great day on the Range, join us for the industry reception at 4:45 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Kanata followed by the CSAAA Annual General Meeting.

*Must be present to win prize drawing. Prizes will be drawn at lunch on the range and  following the Industry Reception at the Holiday Inn Kanata.


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CSAAA teams up with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Adding new services, savings and even more lobbying power

PETERBOROUGH, ON, December 19, 2016 - CSAAA is very pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) to extend the many benefits of CFIB to CSAAA members.  By working together, we are able to provide independent businesses in our sector access to business assistance, savings programs and an event stronger voice at all levels of government.  Through this partnership, CSAAA members will enjoy reduced CFIB membership fees; a savings that will also benefit members already affiliated with both associations.

Some of the many benefits made available through CFIB are:

  • Access to significant discounts on: payment processing, business banking, group benefits, telecom services, website building and hosting, e-mail marketing, recruiting, staff training, payroll processing, courier and freight shipping and more.
  • Unlimited access to CFIB Business Counselors for advice on: government compliance and regulations, employment standards, exporting and importing, health and safety, hiring and managing employees, selling to government, workers’ compensation and more.
  • Online business training courses and webinars for both employers and employees

These are just a few examples of how CFIB can help CSAAA members improve your business.  Since 1971, CFIB has also been working on behalf of its 109,000 members to improve the entrepreneurial environment in Canada.

With a number of CSAAA members who are already members of CFIB and the excellent synergies between the two associations, this new partnership was a logical step.  CFIB’s lobbying efforts and extensive business support resources benefit independent businesses across the country.

“One call to CFIB’s Business Counsellors more than pays for our membership and the savings on payment processing actually improved our bottom line. Now we get our CFIB membership through CSAAA for a fraction of the cost and we have the support of their team of small business lobbyists.”

– Wes Winkel, Owner Ellwood Epps Sporting Goods, President CSAAA Board of Directors

As a result of this new partnership, CSAAA membership rates for 2017 will increase.  However, the cost-savings from of any one of the many new benefits available to CSAAA members will more than pay back this increase.  Our 2017 membership rates are as follows:

  • Retailer (1-24 locations) $250 per store or e-commerce site
  • Mass Merchant (25+ locations) $230 per store
  • Manufacturer $650
  • Distributor/Wholesaler $650
  • Independent Sales Agent $350

Please note: only Canadian-owned, independent business based in Canada are eligible to be members of CFIB.

If you have any questions about our new partnership with CFIB, please contact Alison de Groot, Managing Director of CSAAA at 1-705-875-2302 or email info.csaaa@gmail.com for more details.

If you’d like more information about CFIB, just call our main contact at CFIB, Richard DeMarco, at 1-800-667-3436

Or join us at the CSAAA 2017 Trade Show, January 29-30 in Calgary, Alberta where we will have CFIB representatives on hand to present all your new benefits and an update on the small business forecast for Canada.

We are very excited about this new relationship and encourage all members to find out more about CFIB at www.cfib.ca.

CSAAA 2017 trade show attendee registration now open

CSAAA 2017 is bigger and better than ever!  With more than 25,000 square feet of exhibit space, a brand new resort hotel minutes from downtown Calgary and a short drive to Banff, there's every reason to come to Calgary January 29-30, 2017, at the Grey Eagle Resort, Casino & Event Centre.

Canada's best-known distributors will be showcasing hundreds of shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement brands at Canada's only national sporting arms and ammunition trade show designed just for Canadian dealers.

Your 2017 CSAAA Retail Membership includes four passes to the show for you and your staff.  Show passes include access to the trade show floor, coffee breaks and lunch both show days and an invitation to the Industry Reception & Dinner on Sunday, January 29th presented by Korth Group followed by a special performance by the band Nice Horse, sponsored by Big Rock Canada.

NEW! Your 2017 CSAAA membership now includes a membership in the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB).  CSAAA has partnered with CFIB to expand our member benefits, increase our influence and reach to government and provide incredible savings on business services to our members.  CFIB representatives will be on hand at CSAAA2017 to update members on all of your new benefits.

Discount hotel rooms are available at the Grey Eagle Resort, just $149 per night with complimentary breakfast included.  Click here to book your CSAAA rooms or call 1-844-719-8777.

Come early and take advantage of our special discounted Banff/Lake Louise Tour exclusively for CSAAA attendees.  The tour leaves the Grey Eagle Resort at 9 a.m. on Saturday, January 28th and returns that evening. See registration package for details.

Download and complete your CSAAA 2017 Membership/Registration to confirm your show passes today! Click here for CSAAA 2017 Membership/Attendee Registration Form


CSAAA 2017 est plus grand et meilleur que jamais! Avec plus de 7600 mètres carrés d'espace d'exposition, un nouvel hôtel à proximité du centre-ville de Calgary et un court trajet en voiture à Banff, il ya toutes les raisons de venir à Calgary, 29-30 janvier, à la Grey Eagle Resort, Casino & Event Centre.

Les distributeurs les plus connus du Canada présenteront des centaines de tir sportif et la chasse à le seulement nationales le commerce spectacle du conçu juste pour les concessionnaires canadiens.

Votre 2017 CSAAA adhésion de détail comprennent quatre passes pour le spectacle pour vous et votre personnel. Voir passes comprennent l'accès au salon-de-chaussée, les pauses café et le déjeuner deux jours de spectacle et une invitation à la réception et dîner de l'Industrie le dimanche 29 janvier présenté par le Korth Group, suivi d'une représentation spéciale du groupe Nice Horse, parrainé par Big Rock Canada.

NOUVEAU! Votre adhésion à l'ACSAA de 2017 comprend maintenant une adhésion à la Fédération canadienne des entreprises indépendantes (FCEI). La CSAAA s'est associée à la FCEI pour élargir ses avantages aux membres, accroître notre influence et atteindre le gouvernement et offrir des économies incroyables aux services aux entreprises à nos membres. Les représentants de la FCEI seront présents au CSAAA2017 pour mettre à jour les membres sur toutes vos nouvelles prestations.

Des chambres d'hôtel à prix réduits sont disponibles à la Grey Eagle Resort, juste $149 par nuit avec petit déjeuner gratuit inclus. Cliquez ici pour réserver vos chambres ou appelez 1-844-719-8777.

Téléchargez et remplissez votre CSAAA 2016 Adhésion / Inscription aujourd'hui! Click here for CSAAA 2017 Membership/Attendee Registration Form

For more information, contact:

Alison de Groot


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.


  • 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 members invited to participate in discounted SHOT Show program through U.S. Commercial Service

The U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Embassy in Canada is pleased to invite you to join our U.S. Embassy 2017 Buyer Delegation to the SHOT Show, January 17-20, 2017 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV.  We invite you to also pass this invitation along to any of your colleagues that may be interested in attending.

The cost to join the U.S. Embassy 2017 Buyer Delegation is US$25 (Approx. CDN$33) payable by credit card.  The following are the benefits you will receive:

  1. Complimentary Registration for the exhibition hall admission (US$70-US$350 savings).
  2. Limited complimentary seats for Educational Seminars:  Prior to November 3, 2016, delegates may request complimentary seats for Educational Seminars occurring Jan. 17-20.  There are limited complimentary seats available that will be provided upon request on a first come, first serve basis.
  3. Use of the International Trade Center (ITC) with conference rooms for private meetings (Hostesses will be available to assist with scheduling and multi-language translators on-site if required.)
  4. Badge printing in the International Trade Center (ITC) to avoid regular registration lines.
  5. Special VIP/IBP recognition badge holder (red fabric holder) so our delegates will be visible to exhibitors.
  6. Complimentary Wi-Fi and computer access with printing in the ITC.
  7. Breakfast and snacks each official show day in the ITC.

Attendance as part of our delegation is RESTRICTED to commercial BUYERS or INFLUENCERS of military, law enforcement, and tactical products and services as well as to buyers or influencers in the shooting, hunting and outdoor trade.  The show is NOT open to the public and admission requires government-issued photo ID plus documentation demonstrating direct professional affiliation to the trade.  Please submit documentation demonstrating direct, current professional affiliation to the shooting, hunting and outdoor trade, or commercial involvement in the military, law enforcement or tactical markets.

If you are interested in being a part of the U.S. Embassy 2017 Buyer Delegation, please register at:

Please note that the province will not appear on the registration form, therefore, please disregard State field.  Once the form, payment and credentials are received, we will register you on the SHOT Show registration site.

If you have already registered to attend the SHOT Show, please let us know if you would like to be registered as part of our delegation.

For further information please contact Lucy Latka (Lucy.Latka@trade.gov) or Patrick Barry (Patrick.Barry@trade.gov). We look forward to seeing you at SHOT Show 2017.

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.

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


Tony Bernardo
Director Government Relations