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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 Exhibitor Registration

 

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!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR REGISTRATION FORM
CSAAA 2017 DEALER TRAINING DAY MEMBERSHIP/REGISTRATION

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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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.

DOWNLOAD YOUR ATTENDEE REGISTRATION:

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CSAAA UPDATE-Canadian Firearms Marking Regulation

PETERBOROUGH, ON, March 28 – On June 1st, 2017 the Canadian Firearms Marking Regulation under Bill C-10A will come into effect. The current regulation, as written, requires all firearms (as defined by the Criminal Code of Canada) imported into the country be marked “by permanently stamping or engraving on the firearm’s frame or receiver the word “Canada” or the letters “CA” and (a) in the case of a manufactured firearm, the name of the manufacturer and the firearm’s serial number; and (b) in the case of an imported firearm, the last two digits of the year of the importation.”

The markings must be made before the 60th day after its release as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Customs Act* or before transferring the firearm, whichever occurs first.

The purpose of the regulation is to meet the recommendation of the UN Firearms Protocol, a non-binding treaty to which Canada is a signatory. Once Canada has passed a gun marking regulation, it will be able to ratify this treaty.

The purpose of the UN Firearms Protocol is to stem the flow of illegal firearms around the world, specifically small arms that are turning up in conflict zones. The protocol provides a number of recommendations that would enable countries to trace the import and export of firearms within their own countries and would enable authorities around the world to trace the source of illegal weapons back to the country legally responsible for them.

The Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA) - which represents legitimate firearms business owners including manufacturers, distributors, wholesales and retailers in Canada – fully supports the fight against illegal arms trafficking both domestically and globally. After all, as legally operating, responsible business owners, our members have a vested interest in identifying and preventing illegal sales which only serve to detract from our revenues as businesses and make us unsafe as citizens.

However, the Canadian Firearms Regulation as it is currently written, has several flaws. It has incorporated some of the UN Firearms Protocol recommendations that were written for countries with far less regulation than Canada already has in place. This poorly crafted regulation will result in cost increases to importers that could see the price of individual firearms increase but as much as $200; will cause safety concerns significant enough that some foreign manufacturers will not honor their warranties in Canada; may permanently damage the finish on imported firearms; and cause workplace safety concerns for importers with little or no manufacturing experience.

The regulation requires that all firearms imported into Canada bear the name of the “manufacturer” and the firearm’ serial number and be marked with a country code and year of import, or “CA17” within 60 days of the firearm being released from customs or before being transferred beyond the importers.

A “manufacturer” in Canadian law is the actual manufacturing facility where the firearm was produced, not the responsible marketing and distributing company. So, for example, a firearm imported into Canada could not be marked by the brand “Browning” it would have to bear the name of the manufacturing plant where it was made.

The regulation then requires that the firearm be “stamped or engraved” with the country code and year of import, or “CA17” for example, after being released from customs and before being transferred by the original importer. This means importers, with no manufacturing facilities or experience, will now be in the business of setting up, staffing and operating laser engraving shops. The firearms cannot be transferred to existing engraving facilities to be marked and we have not been able to identify and large engraving facilities in Canada that are willing to go through the onerous and expensive process of becoming firearms licensed.

Many of Canada’s small importers will be forced out of business under this new regulation. They will simply not be able to afford the capital investment required to meet the regulation’s requirements.

Consumers are likely to see less choice and pay higher prices for firearms in Canada. This will inevitable have a negative impact on smaller retailers which will also be forced out of business.

The CSAAA has met with the Minister of Public Safety, the Honourable Ralph Goodale’s, staff to present an effective and reasonable solution to this issue. We have recommended to the Minister’s staff that the regulation be re-worded to require all firearms imported into Canada be marked with the “Make” and the firearm’s unique serial number. We have demonstrated to the Minister’s staff that with the Make and serial number, any firearm anywhere in the world can be traced with one call to the brand company. Using the serial number, the responsible corporate brand can trace a firearm from it’s point of manufacture, through it’s exporter, to its importer and ultimately through the importer to the retailer.

With the simple codification of Canada’s current industry practice, Canada can pass a firearms marking regulation that achieves the stated goals of the UN Firearms Protocol with no detrimental affects on the hundreds of small businesses in the sporting arms industry.

We presented our solution to the Minister’s policy staff at a meeting on January 23rd, 2017. This position has been supported by some of our largest firearms trading partners.

It is our belief that the Minister’s staff is still in the process of considering the final wording of the regulation; but we have had no response to our calls for updates, information or direction. The Minister’s staff have been silent since January 23rd.

CSAAA members representing some of Canada’s largest importers have confirmed that they will not move forward on any capital investment in engraving capacity until they receive clear direction from the Government.

We continue to press the Minister’s office for information and direction. While we cannot advise individual businesses on a course of action, we can recommend that retailers prepare for a transition period of some kind starting in June by stocking up on inventory. Whatever the outcome, it’s going to be a bumpy ride for the next few months.

We encourage business owners to get in touch with your local Member of Parliament, the Minister of Public Safety and the Prime Minister to voice your support for a regulation that requires a “make and serial number” as proposed by the CSAAA. Links to sample letters are included below for your reference. Or email us your message and we’ll forward to the Minister on your behalf, type “Message for the Minister of Public Safety” in the subject box.

The CSAAA will continue to work with the Government to craft a responsible regulation that effectively combats illegal arms trading while protecting the thousands of Canadian jobs and hundreds of small businesses associated with the legal, responsible sporting arms industry in Canada.

For more information, please contact us.

Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association

Info.csaaa@gmail.com

1-705-875-2302

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A SAMPLE LETTER TO YOUR MP:

http://www.csaaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Letter-to-MPs_Canadian-Firearms-Marking-Regulation.docx


 (1) In this Act, release means
(a) in respect of goods, to authorize the removal of the goods from a customs office, sufferance warehouse, bonded warehouse or duty free shop for use in Canada, and
(b) in respect of goods to which paragraph 32(2)(b) applies, to receive the goods at the place of business of the importer, owner or consignee;
Release prior to accounting
32 (2) In prescribed circumstances and under prescribed conditions, goods may be released prior to the accounting required under subsection (1) if
 (b) the goods have been authorized by an officer or by any prescribed means for delivery to, and have been received at, the place of business of the importer, owner or consignee of the goods.

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.