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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CSSA President Steve Torino testifies on Bill C-47

OTTAWA, ON, November 8, 2017--Steve Torino, President of the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) recently testified before the Foreign Affairs Standing Committee on Bill C-47.

Bill C-47 is a legislative package that will enable the government of Canada to enter the Arms Trade Treaty. According to Tony Bernardo, Executive Director of the CSSA, C-47 codifies a number of practices the Canadian government has been doing for years but opens the door to the possibility the United Nations could be used as an excuse to resurrect the extinct Long Gun Registry.

CSSA brought its concerns to the federal government. CSSA President, Steve Torino, testified to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development to outline the concerns its membersh have regarding the implementation of this bill and more importantly, the error of entering the Arms Trade Treaty.

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Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Mr. Steve Torino (President, Canadian Shooting Sports Association): Thank you Mr. Chairman and members of this committee for inviting me to comment on Bill C-47 and to answer any questions I can in this regard. I would also like to present some relevant background information which may be pertinent to this bill.

I am president of the Canadian Shooting Sports Association, and I chaired the Firearms Advisory Committee for the Liberal government from 1996 to 2006, and co-chaired the Firearms Advisory Committee for the Conservative government from 2006 to 2014. I was also an advisor to the Canadian delegation to the United Nations on the Arms Trade Treaty and related programs from 2006 to 2014.

The Arms Trade Treaty covers not only conventional arms used in conflicts, but civilian legal arms, ammunition and related parts and accessories as well. Since Bill C-47 contains amendments to the Export and Import Permits Act, allowing the accession to the Arms Trade Treaty, it should be stated that Canada is basically a nation of importers of these products, and that any amendments to current policies and practices can have an impact on this $5 billion per year industry and its clients - the end-user.

CSSA members are concerned with possible negative effects from the implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty and Bill C-47, including a possible curtailment of exports to Canada of currently available civilian firearms, ammunition and related parts and accessories. Canada’s annual imports of civilian firearms, ammunition, parts, and accessories exceeds $400 million as per Statistics Canada. In addition, there is concern in the firearms community of a possible return to a firearm and ammunition registry, alluded to in Article 12 of the Treaty.

The inclusion of brokering into Bill C-47 appears to be a major amendment to the Export and Import Permits Act and the Criminal Code. To the best of our knowledge, there are no illegal brokers operating in Canada who would be affected by this amendment, and all legal brokers in our opinion are in compliance with Canadian standards. So the thought arises as to what events and subsequent consultations have occurred in this regard which would lead to this amendment.

Canada’s rules regarding the import and export of conventional arms and small arms and light weapons already exceed the ATT guidelines. Canada’s practices for export are well-established. Canada’s import and export controls exceed UN treaty requirements and are in line with those of our principal allies and partners in the major export controls regimes. It is our experience that Canada’s export controls officials are very involved in analyzing each proposed transfer.

Much of the balance of Bill C-47 seems to refer to codifying current policies and practices or creating modifications thereto.

Current world conflicts raise questions as to the efficacy of the controls in the Arms Trade Treaty, when a myriad of weapons appear in the hands of insurgents who are labelled as undesirable to peace in the affected regions. As well, the source of such weapons used in the present series of “terrorist” attacks worldwide pose similar queries.

The current Arms Trade Treaty was supposed to be passed by consensus. Yet when the consensus could not be reached in April of 2013, it was passed by simple majority vote in the UN General Assembly. And in its current version, section 20 of the Arms Trade Treaty clearly states that any future changes to the treaty will be passed by a 75% majority of the state parties present for the vote.

This simple majority vote by the state parties could change Canada’s current working policies, putting decisions in the hands of state parties, who, in some cases, have serious conflict issues of their own, and who could possibly interpret any proposed changes to the Arms Trade Treaty in the light of their own issues. This interpretation could, and possibly might, have some unintended and unwanted consequences for Canada, since our controls far exceed those of most state parties.

When Canada enters this treaty, and I gather it will, we would be subject to any changes made by other nations without much say on our part in the final outcome. This can be viewed as not necessarily the best situation to maintain our decision-making abilities in a sovereign Canada.

It is our recommendation to include language in Bill C-47 that would remove the spectre of this legislation creating a future firearm registry, in keeping with the commitments of this government.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

2018 SHOT Show Buyer Program: Registration Open

The U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Embassy in Canada is pleased to invite you to join our U.S. Embassy 2018 Buyer Delegation to the SHOT Show, January 23-26, 2018 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. You are encouraged to also pass this invitation along to any of your colleagues that may be interested in attending.  Please note that all registrants must have a unique email address.

The cost to join the U.S. Embassy 2018 Buyer Delegation is US$25 (Approx. CDN$31) 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:  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. Invitation to International Reception
  8. Continental Breakfast and snacks each official show day in the ITC.

(LUNCH WILL NOT BE PROVIDED)

Attendance as part of our delegation is RESTRICTED to commercial BUYERS or INFLUENCERS to theshooting, hunting and outdoor trade and commercial buyers of military, law enforcement and tactical products and services only.

Please indicate your interest in being part of the delegation by registering at:
https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=8Q9T

Once we received your registration, we will send you a questionnaire to complete and ask you to provide us with the following information:

1. A copy of current and valid government-issued photo identification (e.g., driving license, passport, etc.).

2. Documentation demonstrating direct, current professional affiliation to the shooting, hunting and outdoor trade, or commercial involvement in the military, law enforcement or tactical markets.

3. Purchase orders or invoices showing purchases made from U.S. exhibitors from SHOT Show 2018.If you have already registered to attend the SHOT Show, please let me know if you would like to be registered as part of our delegation.

For more information contact:
Lucy Cicero Latka
Sr. Commercial Specialist (Government Procurement, Defense and Security)
U.S. Embassy Ottawa
U.S. Department of Commerce | International Trade Administration
(613) 688-5219; lucy.latka@trade.gov
www.buyusa.gov/canada

CSAAA Dealer Training Day 2017 – Register Today

Leading distributors, hands-on seminars, fantastic prizes! REGISTER TODAY  for Dealer Training Day June 5th, 2017!

Canadian sporting arms dealers are invited to join the CSAAA on June 5th, 2017, 9AM-4PM, Stittsville Shooting Ranges, Stittsville, Ontario. Come for a day of hands-on experiences on the ranges with Canada’s leading manufacturers and distributors of the world’s best firearms, ammunition and shooting accessory brands. Experience the latest models in-person, bring your staff for one-on-one training with brand representatives. Your day includes lunch sponsored by Trigger Wholesale, all-day coffee station sponsored by VISTA Outdoor, and bottled water sponsored by Hevi-Metal.

3 PISTOL RANGES * 4 RIFLE RANGES * 5 SKEET/TRAP RANGES * EXPANDED OUTDOOR EXHIBIT HALL * GREAT SEMINARS FOR YOUR SALES TEAM * 

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Fantastic prizes

HATSAN ESCORT MPA SHOTGUN * GRAND POWER K100 X-TRIM 9MM PISTOL * FALCON STRIKE RECOIL PAD * WINCHESTER XPR RIFLE * ZEISS 4-12X50 TERRA RIFLESCOPE * WILEYX SHOOTING GLASS * NIKON MONARCH 5-8X42 BINOCULARS * REMINGTON 700 SPS SS WITH SCOPE * HATSAN ESCORT MPA SHOTGUN * LITHAOW CENTER FIRE RIFLE * F-12 TYPHOON DEFENCE SHOTGUN * FMK 9MM HANDGUN * WALTHER TERRUS AIR RIFLE *
*Must be present to win. Must have valid PAL or RPAL to claim firearms prizes. Prizes will be drawn at lunch on the range and at the Industry Reception at the Holiday Inn Kanata.

 Hands-on Seminars

Pre-charged Pneumatic Airguns & the rise in airgun products & sales - Pre-charged pneumatic airgun history, current models, how to fill them and benefits.  Plus accuracy over speed and the importance of quality airguns and what products you should stock. Presented by Airgun Source Canada, 10:30 am & 1:30 pm in the Clubhouse.

Intro to Reloading - Looking to reload? Not sure where to start? Learn the basics of reloading and hear about all of the equipment to make your own ammo. Presented by Korth Group, 11 am & 2 pm in the Clubhouse.

Falcon Strike, the ultimate recoil system device - Learn about the new Falcon Strike recoil system, installed in 15 minutes and universal to almost any gun. the Falcon Strike reduces recoil by 35-45%! Presented by Nigava Sports, 9:30 am and 3 pm in the Clubhouse.

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.

REGISTER TODAY!

You must be a CSAAA member to attend.  Retail memberships start at $250 and include 4 passes per store to attend Dealer Training Day! Your 2017 CSAAA membership also includes a bonus membership to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).  For more details on the new CSAAA/CFIB partnership and the benefits to you, CLICK HERE.  Join/Register today!

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For more information contact
Alison de Groot info.csaaa@gmail.com

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

 

Firearms Marking Regulation deferred until December 2018

OTTAWA, May 19, 2017 /CNW/ - The existing Firearms Marking Regulations under the Firearms Act, scheduled to come into force on June 1, 2017, are being deferred to December 1, 2018. The deferral will provide the time required to propose amendments to the Regulations in order to achieve their intended purpose, which is to help improve public safety by facilitating the ability of law enforcement to trace the criminal use of firearms.

Detailed information regarding the deferral will be available in the May 31, 2017 edition of the Canada Gazette Part II. For information regarding firearms requirements in Canada, please contact the Canadian Firearms Program at 1-800-731-4000.

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For further information: Scott Bardsley, Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, 613-998-5681; Media Relations, Public Safety Canada, 613-991-0657, media@ps-sp.gc.ca

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CSAAA Dealer Training Day 2017 Enregistrement pour les participants est overt!

Enregistrement pour les participants est overt! Vous êtes invités à nous rejoindre le 5 juin 2017, 9 heures-4 heures pour un jour d’expérience sur les portées de tirs, avec les principaux fabricants et distributeurs de meilleures armes à feu, munitions e tir à l'arc marques du Canada et dans le monde. Découvrez les derniers modèles en personne et apporter votre personnel pour les formations avec des représentants de la marque. Votre journée comprend un barbecue pour la déjeuner, une station de café pour toute la journée et de l'eau en bouteille.

3 GAMMES DE PISTOLET * 4 CHAMPS DE TIR * 3 PORTÉES POUR LE TRAP ET LE TIR AU PIGEON D’ARGILE * 2 PORTEES DE TIR À L’ARC *

Inscrivez-vous et vous pourriez gagner:

WINCHESTER XPR RIFLE * ZEISS 4-12X50 TERRA RIFLESCOPE * WILEYX SHOOTING GLASS * NIKON MONARCH 5-8X42 BINOCULARS * REMINGTON 700 SPS SS WITH SCOPE * HATSAN EXCORT MPA SHOTGUN * LITHAOW CENTERFIRE RIFLE * F-12 TYPHOON DEFENCE SHOTGUN * FMK 9MM HANDGUN * WALTHER TERRUS AIR RIFLE *

*Doit être présent pour gagner.

Réception de l'industrie et assemblée générale annuelle de la CSAAA

Après une excellente journée sur la gamme, rejoignez-nous pour la réception de l'industrie à 16h45 au Holiday Inn Kanata suivi de l'assemblée générale annuelle de la CSAAA.

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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.

3 PISTOL RANGES * 4 RIFLE RANGES * 3 SKEET/TRAP RANGES * 2 ARCHERY RANGES * EXPANDED OUTDOOR EXHIBIT HALL * MORE SEMINARS FOR YOUR SALES TEAM * FANTASTIC PRIZES * 

YOU COULD WIN:

WINCHESTER XPR RIFLE * ZEISS 4-12X50 TERRA RIFLESCOPE * WILEYX SHOOTING GLASS * NIKON MONARCH 5-8X42 BINOCULARS * REMINGTON 700 SPS SS WITH SCOPE * HATSAN ESCORT MPA SHOTGUN * LITHAOW CENTER FIRE RIFLE * F-12 TYPHOON DEFENCE SHOTGUN * FMK 9MM HANDGUN * WALTHER TERRUS AIR RIFLE *

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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